Andrew Brown, EMSWCD's Conservation Legacy Program Supervisor, is currently serving as Interim Executive Director in the interim. See his report here.
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
Program Supervision / Finance & BudgetDan Mitten
Prepared Budget versus Actuals for Program Supervisors and Financial reports for January Board Meeting.
Worked with bookkeeper on December payroll and submitted retirement contributions.
Began preparing FY20-21 budget information and templates for Programs.
Attended Plant Sale Team meeting, meeting with Interim Exectuve Director, Finance & Ops program meeting, and break room remodel discussion with Facilities Manager.
Will draft budget message and develop budget drafts.
Office ManagementLindsay Nelson
Lindsay was on vacation until the very end of this reporting period.
Facilities ManagementScot Wood
Scot was on vacation until the very end of this reporting period.
Marketing & MediaAlex Woolery
Plant sale: working with team, testing, checking and editing descriptions, adding in photos, tweaking/configuring UI and editing page language. Answered and forwarded plant sale emails and calls.
Coordinated print jobs and followed up with billing, documentation and postage.
Assisted staff with various technical needs, software questions, file recovery, image conversion, etc.
Social media outreach for various events and updates.
Promoted Farm Succession workshop series with updated postcard mailer, social media and website post.
Final preparations for Native Plant Sale.
Plant sale launch: store management, order checking, inventory, customer assistance, refunds.
Preparations for Plant Sale Pick-up Day.
Revise signage and send to print.
Program ManagementJulie DiLeone
Julie was on vacation until the very end of this reporting period.
Rural Water QualityAaron Guffey
Worked on a design for microirrigation and access roads for CLIP.
Engage in the diversity, equity, and inclusion process EMSWCD staff are participating in.
Attend all Oregon Association of Nurseries Mt Hood Chapter meetings and events. Fulfill the responsibilities of treasurer on the Mt. Hood Chapter board.
Connect with partners to develop strategies to promote cover crop adoption/optimization on nurseries.
Monitor CLIP projects I have managed.
Work with nurseries to install Erosion Solutions and irrigation efficiency projects through CLIP.
Work with the nursery that purchased EMSWCD's Oxbow property to implement conservation practices on the property.
I had a site visit with a farmer who is interested in enrolling in the StreamCare Program. Lots of potential but a few hurdles to get over to make it work. Proposal map created and sent.
I completed the annual update of the Dianna Pope Natural Area Site Conservation Plan and distributed it to staff to review.
Lots of time off for Christmas and New Years.
I will be assisting Jon in water quality sampling in Beaver and Johnson Creeks.
I will be attending the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area's Pull Together (a one-day workshop).
Technical AssistanceJeremy Baker
I'm just getting back in to the swing of things after both the holidays and being out of the office on medical leave.
Oversite on CLIP grant to landowners focused on a heavy use area and mud management.
In partnership with NRCS, working with an ag producer in Corbett on a full conservation plan focused on mud and manure management. Currently awaiting bids for heavy use area excavation and concrete, construction of manure composting facility, excavation/install of access road.
Finalizing CONNECT confernece planning. All break out sessions have been planned and confirmed. Conference registration is now open.
Weed ManagementChris Aldassy
Chris was unable to submit a report for this reporting period.
Weed ManagementJon Wagner
I got back from vacation.
I finished illustrations for a draft of the activity book. I have been preparing a native plants presentation. I have been working with chris on coordinating winter weeds work.
I will work with Chelsea to complete text for Rural Lands activity book and share a copy for review/editing. I will finish preparing a native plants presentation. I will work with Chris to create weed status reports.
I will attend the Pull-Together and take and present live comic notes.
Lucas and I will collect monthly water quality samples and complete the monthly wildlife survey of the Diana Pope Natural Area.
Chelsea and I will give a native plants presentation.
Chris and I will map and control Ivy and spurge laurel.
Outreach & EducationChelsea White-Brainard
Worked with the Equity Planning Team to edit the strategies of the draft Equity Plan.
Worked with Jon to finish a rough draft of the "The Great Gorge Adventure,"" a conservation-themed activity book.
Promoted Rural Native Plants workshop, which will be presented by Jon and I on Monday, January 13th at the Columbia Grange. Worked with regional partners to schedule a biochar workshop for February.
Work with Ping Khaw on a scope of work to bring the Equity Plan to the Community Engagement Liasons for feedback.
Help coordinate the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area's annual Pull Together Conference.
Continue planning and promoting Spring workshops.
Program ManagementKathy Shearin
Kathy was on vacation until the very end of this reporting period.
Technical AssistanceWhitney Bailey
Whitney was unable to submit a report for this reporting period.
Outreach & EducationMonica McAllister
Continuing to work on Plant Sale preparation. Meetings about online sale opening and pick-up day.
Work Session with Equity Planning Committee on Goal #3 , Objectives, and Strategies. Reading equity resources for Food and Hunger for equity discussion group.
Was on vacation until New Year's.
Hosting a successful plant sale on February 8th.
Working with Voz, Verde, and other community partners for upcoming projects and workshops.
Work Session with Equity Planning Committee on Goal #4, Objectives, and Strategies. Working with community engagement liaisons on the Equity Plan.
Outreach & EducationBrandi Boersma
Plant Sale planning and outreach: MailChimp announcement, calendar and listserv submissions, local neighborhood association and library outreach, social media posts.
Native Plant Workshops for Plant Sale: scheduling, outreach, and event coordination tasks.
Plant Sale Volunteer Coordination: recruitment, scheduling, and managing volunteers and webpages (including a new process for registration).
Equity Team Meeting, Small Equity Group Discussion on Food/Hunger, Meeting with Ping.
Plant Sale Store opens online
NECN Meeting, PCC Tour, Fix-it-Fair, Russian Family Fair at Leach with JCWC Speak Creek Intern.
Outreach & EducationRhesa Napoli
Rhesa was unable to fill out a report for this work period.
Program ManagementAndrew Brown
Prepared for and participated in the January Board meeting, including faciliating the interviews for potential Execitive Director search firms.
Helped to advance the disposition of the farm property subject to a conservation easement.
Assisted Rowan with finalizing the recruitment for the Headwaters Operations Assistant position.
Working with the team to produce the 2nd quarterly report for FY19-20. Assist with the development of the draft budget for FY20-21.
Assist Chelsea and the Equity Team with advancing the community input into the draft EMSWCD equity plan.
Work to get input onthe scope of work and finalize the contract for the ED search consultant.
PIC: Navigated final steps for PIC 2020 submissions. Received 26 applications, initial follow-up for corrections. Finalized 2020 PIC Review Team with three new members - approved by Board. Set up PIC Review meetings for Feb. 26th and 27th. Site visit: Tucker Maxon.
Grantmaker consultations: Met with Sheilagh Diez, Metro, to discuss DEI work and grantee support. Met with Crista Gardner, Metro Nature in Neighborhood to discuss strategic funding and shared grantees.
Equity: Prepared food/hunger resources for January staff discussion groups. Prepared questionnaire for program teams to identify demographic info needs to help support DEI related work.
Complete review and processing of January SPACE grants.
Continue review of 2020 PIC applications.
Equity: Assist in leading staff discussion group, attend Equity Team meeting, continue work on demographic info, attend Equity Grantmakers meeting.
Land LegacyMatt Shipkey
Matt was on vacation during this reporting period.
Headwaters FarmRowan Steele
Concluded the hire of the new Operations Assistant for Headwaters Farm.
Finalized the 2020 HIP Farmer’s Manual and conducted the End of Year Survey for HIP farmers.
Met with several of the new HIP farmers to discuss plot locations and space needs.
Finalizing the contract for the equipment shed electrical and concrete work.
Supporting farmers in developing Nutrient Management Plans for 2020.
Working on the draft HIP budget for fiscal year 2020-21.