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 the town of Weaverville.
Call Nick at (530) 628-4206 or email him at nickg[at]hayfork.net
Cindy Blackburn – Director of Operations
Cindy Blackburn is the Director of Operations at the Watershed Center. Cindy oversees finance and development at the Watershed Center, in particular the Watershed Center’s business incubator and the Watershed Center’s 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Alicia Wright – Indian Valley Summer Camp Program Director
Alicia joined the Watershed Center as our IVSC Program Director in 2017. She will oversee fundraising, development, and implementation of our Indian Valley Summer Camp. Alicia has an extensive background in administration, including experience as an event coordinator 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 improve group Cherb Improv.
Alicia grew up in Hayfork and is pleased to return to the community she loves and 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Allison Jolley – Fire Adapted Communities 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Ashley Grannell – Administrative Assistant
Ashley is responsible for the Watershed Center’s accounts payable, receivable and payroll. She also provides administrative support for our programs, and her adaptability, attention to detail, and efficiency are a key element in the Watershed Center’s 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Chester Brown – Field Program Manager
Chester runs the Watershed Center field crews. Under his management, the Watershed Center employs anywhere from 10-25 people implementing land stewardship, including landowner services including hazardous fuels reduction. Chester is a long-time Hayfork resident and brings extensive technical knowledge, and valuable experience with the community and local landowners to his position.
Call Chester at (530) 628-4206 or email him at chester[at]thewatershedcenter.com
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 participates 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]thewatershedcenter.com
David Jaramillo – Fire, Fuels, and Forestry Program Manager
David is a California Registered Professional Forester (#2839) with over 15 years of ecological and forestry experience. He has worked with private landowners, private timber, non-profit, NGO’s 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 as they pertain to the stewardship of our natural resources. He is dedicated to caring for our forests and ecosystems for future generations. He received a B.S in Forestry Conservation as well as Minors in Wildlife Management and Environmental Ethics from Humboldt State University.
Call David at (530) 628-4206 or email him at david[at]thewatershedcenter.com
Emily Troisi – Fire Adapted Communities Network Liaison
Emily works as a Network Liaison 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Heather Jones – Office Manager
Heather is responsible for budget and financial oversight, grant management and budgeting, human resources, support to 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 it’s effort to invest in the land and community.
Call Heather at (530) 628-4206 or email her at heather[at]thewatershedcenter.com
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. Joshua 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]thewatershedcenter.com
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 of 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Katie Van Pelt – Fire Adapted Communities 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Michelle Medley-Daniel – Fire Adapted Communities Network Co-Director
Michelle is the Co-Director for the Fire Adapted Communities Network. 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]thewatershedcenter.com
Tom Evans – Recreation Program Coordinator
Tom manages coordinates the Watershed Center’s Recreation Program. Tom was born and raised in Hayfork, Ca and returned to Hayfork 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 strengths 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]thewatershedcenter.com