Governing Board Stakeholder Groups
The PRWC is governed by a fifteen member Governing Board. The PRWC will strive to include stakeholder groups representing a broad cross section of geographic area and the demographic composition of the watershed. Interests within the watershed will be represented by a board that includes the following stakeholder representatives.
Anna began working for the PRWC in 2014. Her extended family has lived in the watershed for over sixty years. She has both technical skills from her years working as a genetics research technician and leadership skills from her years teaching wellness. Her favorite locations to show visitors in the watershed are Wilhoit Springs Park and the Mount Angel Abbey. She loves her role as the director of the Council because she believes in the value of local, voluntary, collective citizen action. Her vision for the Pudding River Watershed is a combination of healthy streams, productive farms, and strong communities.
Steve has been in charge of the Water Quality Divisions in Oregon for the past 18 years. That means Steve is very in tune with water usage in the basin. He keeps a careful eye on our drinking water sources – Abiqua Creek and Silver Creek. As the climate changes, Steve is well-aware of the potential for more serious droughts and the accompanying challenges to the water system.
Vice-Chair, K J Farms, Mt. Angel
Ray grew up in the Mt. Angel area and has been a full-time farmer since 1978. Additionally, Ray volunteers at local schools and has served on the Mt. Angel City Council for twelve years. In 2015, Ray Eder received the Distinguished Service Award (from the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce) for his extensive volunteer work. On the PRWC Board, Ray is happy to be involved in restoration efforts and is particularly concerned with streambanks eroding. He is currently fostering trees that will help reforest the watershed to provide habitat for wildlife and keep soil in place. When Ray is not lending a hand in the community, he can be found spending time with his children and grandchildren on the farm. Everyday, Ray connects with nature through farming activities and views nature as a gift handed to us to be maintained or even improved.
For several decades, Bob has been practicing sustainable logging, planting about 100 Douglas fir trees for every one that he cuts. Bob realizes that to keep our planet healthy, there needs to be an abundance of young trees that are producing clean oxygen. Bob has been on the board for three years. Long before his involvement at the PRWC, his work focused on reforestation and the betterment of streams. Bob believes in improving stream ecosystems by keeping pesticides and pollutants out of the water. As an outdoorsman, Bob relaxes by fishing and spending time in the woods. He is fond of working with the other board members and talking to the community at large.
Ron obtained a Fisheries Degree from OSU and went on to be a biologist with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Then, Ron started volunteering for Tualatin River Keepers, and realized how much he likes working with local watershed groups. Now he has been on the PRWC Board for three years and enjoys continuously advocating for wildlife. In his free time, Ron likes to hike, camp, and bow hunt. Water issues are at the heart of his environmental concerns. He feels people need to make personal connections with their local rivers and realize how they truly can make a positive impact on the system. Ron has always felt that watersheds are the basic way that humans connect with nature.
Beverlee has been a wife, mother, educator, community leader, and activist for her entire adult life. A nature enthusiast, Beverlee’s passion for protecting rivers and wildlife brought her to join the PRWC. In order to build strong community relationships, Beverlee feels that it is important to foster a shared understanding of what is needed for healthy watersheds. Today, she feels very proud to be part of the PRWC and concrete actions taken to improve the Pudding River. Beverlee hopes that the beautiful natural environments of Oregon can be preserved for future generations.
Agriculture, 4B Farms, Mt. Angel
Coming from a family that has farmed for many generations, Jeff Butsch believes in water conservation and respecting nature. Jeff’s family grows hazelnuts, hops, grasses, and other seed crops. He hopes that his grandchildren will be able to benefit from a healthy watershed and continue farming. This mindset inspires Jeff to brainstorm and initiate projects; one aspect of the Watershed Council’s work that is particularly important to Jeff is monitoring pollution. Our chairman, Jeff, enjoys hunting and fly fishing in his spare time and also loves interacting with fellow board members at the Pudding River Watershed Council.
Local Government, City of Molalla
Andy is interested in encouraging a deeper understanding of the interdependence of the watershed’s resources, flora, and species – including human beings. Andy has served in local government operations for over 10 years. Prior to that, Andy worked as the Plant Environmental Engineer for an Oregon-based Manufacturing Company, and served in the USAF as an E-3 Sentry Pilot. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).
Rudy works with Weyerhaesuser (a large timber company) and helps to manage over 130,000 acres of land surrounding tributaries of the Pudding River. He strives to leave the land better than it was when he started. It is important for Rudy to accomplish his silviculture responsibilities (planting and establishing young trees after timber harvest) in a way that ensures renewable, sustainable resource use. Rudy loves being a steward of the wilderness and is passionate about connecting with nature everyday through his work.