Nick Goulette – Executive Director

Nick has worked in a wide range of capacities at The Watershed Center over the past 13 years, taking over leadership of the organization after 5 years serving first as Stewardship Coordinator and then Deputy Director. He oversees programs operating at local, regional, and national levels that focus on a spectrum of natural resource management fields including forestry, fire and fuels, watershed and fisheries, youth engagement, enterprise development, networks and coalitions, and policy and research.

Locally, he has planned and managed a wide range of forest management, prescribed fire, and community wildfire protection projects.  Regionally, he helped to establish the CA Forest Biomass Working Group, the CA Statewide Wood Energy Team, is the Chair of the Northern CA Prescribed Fire Council, and is a long-time member of the Leadership Team for the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition.  He also helped design and launch the national Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.  Nick was born and raised in Maine, and earned a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Vermont (2004) with a concentration in Community-based Forestry.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Naomi, fishing, skiing, backpacking, and tending to their small homestead in Weaverville.

Call Nick at (530) 628-4206 or email him at nickg[at]

Cindy Blackburn – Director of Operations

Cindy Blackburn is the Director of Operations at The Watershed Center. Cindy oversees finance and development, in particular, The Watershed Center’s business incubator and community development business ventures—Tule Creek Forest Products and the Hayfork Community Enterprise Project. She joined The Watershed Center in 2008 as administration director. Her specialties include organizational systems, HR management, accounting, data tracking and research. Prior to working at The Watershed Center, Cindy worked at Jefferson State Forest Products for 10 years where she held numerous positions including bookkeeper, salesman, accountant and executive assistant, and operations manager. Cindy has lived in Hayfork since 1979 and her connections to the community and business background inspire her to help other entrepreneurs in Trinity County.

Call Cindy at (530) 628-4206 or email her at cindy[at]

Alicia Wright – Indian Valley Summer Camp Director

Alicia joined The Watershed Center as our IVSC Director in 2017. She oversees fundraising, development, and implementation of Indian Valley Summer Camp. Alicia has an extensive background in administration, including experience as an event and logistics coordinator. Alicia has a BA in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in early childhood education and has worked with children throughout her life. She also studied film acting at the New York Film Academy and was part of the charity improv group Cherb Improv.

Alicia grew up in Hayfork and is pleased to return to the community she loves. She looks forward to getting out in the beautiful surroundings Hayfork has to offer. Alicia loves that The Watershed Center gives so much to the community and is excited to contribute to that effort.

Call Alicia at (530) 628-4206 or email her at alicia[at]

Allison Reeves-Jolley – Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Communications Manager

Allison is the Communications Manager for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. Prior to coming to The Watershed Center, Allison coordinated a variety of other networks focused on community-centered environmental solutions. She also enjoyed working for two seasons as an Interpretive and Natural Resource Ranger with the National Park Service. Allison received her Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA in Ecology from Sewanee: The University of the South. Allison lives in the East Bay (near San Francisco, CA) where she and her husband enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and hanging out with their cats.

Email Allison at allison[at]

Angie Lottes – Biomass Program Coordinator

Angie works on biomass power policy and community scale project development in California. She organizes and facilitates the California Forest Biomass Working Group and the Tree Mortality Task Force Bioenergy Utilization Working Group. Angie has 7 years of experience with ecosystem health and restoration projects including rare plant inventory, forest growth monitoring, and fire reintroduction.  She completed research on biomass energy industry fuel opportunities and greenhouse gas emissions.  Angie lives and works in Arcata, CA where she completed an MS in Energy, Technology and Policy at Humboldt State University.

Email Angie at angie[at]

Ashley Grannell – Administrative Assistant

Ashley is responsible for The Watershed Center’s accounts payable, receivable and payroll. She also provides extensive administrative support for our programs, and her adaptability, attention to detail, and efficiency are a key element in our operations. Ashley moved to Hayfork in 2013 and brings with her extensive accounting and bookkeeping expertise, including over 10 years of experience as an administrative assistant. A Bay Area native, Ashley is excited to be part of the Hayfork community and likes living in a small town.

Call Ashley at (530) 628-4206 or email her at ashley[at]

Chester Brown – Field Program Manager

Chester runs The Watershed Center’s field crews. Under his management, our crews employ 10-25 people that work on public and private land–implementing a variety of stewardship projects. Chester is a longtime Hayfork resident and brings extensive technical knowledge, valuable experience with the community, and connections to local landowners to his position.

Call Chester at (530) 628-4206 or email him at chester[at]

Cindy Buxton – Watershed and Fisheries Program Associate

Cindy came to The Watershed Center in 2015 from Idaho, bringing over 15 years of natural resource experience gained working for the U.S. Forest Service, a private civil engineering firm, and independent research.  She earned a Master of Science- Environmental Science degree from the University of Idaho.  Her knowledge in fisheries, hydrology, research, and policy support the Watershed and Fisheries Program in the development and implementation of sound, science-based projects, including monitoring, restoration, assessments and program development. Cindy also supports in the Youth Program, sharing her knowledge and passion for the environment with the children of Trinity County.  She looks forward to enhancing stewardship of the amazing South Fork Trinity River.

Call Cindy at (530) 628-4206 or email her at cbuxton[at]

David Jaramillo – Fire, Fuels, and Forestry Program Manager

David is a California Registered Professional Forester (#2839) with over 15 years of ecological restoration and forestry experience. He has worked with private landowners, private timber, non-profits, and the Bureau of Land Management on a variety of forestry and fire-related projects. David’s principle interests include traditional ecology, fire and fuels management, ecosystem restoration, community wildfire planning, and watershed and wildlife issues. He is dedicated to caring for our forests and ecosystems for future generations. He received a B.S in Forestry Conservation and Minors in Wildlife Management and Environmental Ethics from Humboldt State University.

Call David at (530) 628-4206 or email him at david[at]

Emily Troisi – Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Liaison

Emily works as a Network Liaison and Affiliate Member program lead for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net). She has worked remotely for The Watershed Center as FAC Net staff since October 2014. Emily graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her B.S. in Environmental Conservation Studies and M.S. in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management. Her favorite thing about working for a learning network is the creativity and connections that the people in the network bring to community wildfire resilience. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Email Emily at emily[at]

Heather Jones – Office Manager  

Heather is responsible for budget and financial oversight, grant management and budgeting, human resources, supporting program managers, and generally making everything go. Heather joined the Watershed Center in 2015 bringing over 15 years of management experience with her, including work as a senior benefits analyst. Heather earned associates degrees in liberal arts and business administration from Sierra College. She is a born and raised Hayforker who has returned home after a 20-year hiatus. She is proud to be part of The Watershed Center team and looks forward to supporting the organization in its effort to invest in the land and community.

Call Heather at (530) 628-4206 or email her at heather[at]

Joshua Smith – Watershed and Fisheries Restoration Program Director

Josh oversees The Watershed Center’s watershed and fisheries program including monitoring, landscape-scale planning, education, networking and collaboration, and physical restoration efforts. Josh brings more than a decade of hydrology and ecology experience to his position at The Watershed Center, yet his extensive local knowledge of the Trinity County landscape is potentially his most valuable asset. His work has ranged from hydrogeologic consulting in New Zealand, to snow surveys in the Trinity Alps, to sediment and fisheries monitoring here in the South Fork Trinity River. Recent restoration projects have included the enhancement of the Hayfork Community Wetlands, road upgrade implementation projects, widespread watershed assessment and monitoring work, and the development of extensive restoration projects along the South Fork Trinity River. He has a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Josh also helps manage the Watershed Center’s Youth, Botany, Geospatial Services, and Recreation programs.

Call Josh at (530) 628-4206 or email him at josh[at]

Kaety Howard – Botanical Management Program Associate

Kaety joined The Watershed Center team in the fall of 2015. She assists in managing the Botany Program which includes carrying out field studies such as visual monitoring, plant taxonomy, GIS data collection and logging plant populations. Kaety also acts as a coordination assistant for invasive weed removal projects across the county, oversees the Native Pollinator Garden project, and provides ongoing support for program managers. Kaety has a professional background in nursery propagation and is currently pursuing her degree in botany and horticulture at Shasta College.

Kaety moved to Hayfork from southern Oregon 9 years ago, and especially enjoys living in a small community. Originally attracted to the remote location and botanical diversity of the area, these qualities continue to inspire her commitment to conservation of native pollinator insects and rural ecosystem sustainability as a whole.

Call Kaety at (530) 628-4206 or email her at katherine[at]

Katie Van Pelt – Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Grants and Agreements Specialist

Katie manages the administrative and logistical aspects of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. In addition to developing and tracking subawards, she administers contracts and brings her expertise in accounting and bookkeeping to the program. Katie is a certified grants and agreements specialist, with expertise in subaward administration and federal grants. She has lived in Trinity County for the past 9 years.

Call Katie at (530) 628-4206 or email her at katie[at]

Michelle Medley-Daniel – Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Co-Director

Michelle is the Co-Director of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net). In addition to directing the operations of the FAC Net alongside her counterpart at The Nature Conservancy, Wendy Fulks, she is a liaison in the Network—providing support and connections to members across the US. In particular, Michelle’s focus is on working with State and regional efforts to launch network-based approaches to wildfire resilience. She has over ten years of experience coordinating networks and providing communications and development services to non-profits, and she loves working with people who are passionate about their communities’ relationship to fire. Michelle enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and local history. She loves to share the Klamath-Siskiyous with visitors and friends.

Call Michelle at (530) 628-4206 or email her at michelle[at]

Tom Evans – Tule Creek Forest Products Plant Manager & Recreation Program Coordinator

Tom manages Tule Creek Forest Products, The Watershed Center’s first for-profit business subsidiary. His work at TCFP sustains the business while providing support and guidance for future economic ventures at the Hayfork Community Enterprise Project. Tom also coordinates The Watershed Center’s Recreation Program. Tom was born and raised in Hayfork and returned in 2014 after earning a Bachelor’s in Business from Chico State University. His business acumen, extensive knowledge of the local landscape and trail system, and community ties are invaluable assets that support his projects. Tom enjoys four-wheeling, dirt bike riding, and hiking in his spare time, and is passionate about supporting economic development and recreation projects that steward the beauty of Trinity County.

Call Tom at (530) 628-4206 or email him at tom[at]