The IWJV Welcomes a New Working Wetlands Conservation Delivery Coordinator
The Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is pleased to announce that Anna Kerr has joined the team as the new Working Wetlands Conservation Delivery Coordinator for the Southern Oregon and Northeastern California (SONEC) region! On January 2nd, Anna began leading the Working Wet Meadows Initiative, a nationally supported model for integrating wetlands conservation and agricultural production on flood-irrigated working ranchlands. This position was established through the IWJV’s partnership with Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – as part of their Strategic Approach to Conservation – and with additional cost-sharing from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Region 8 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
In this role, Anna fosters collaborative and community based conservation of working wet meadows in one of the continent’s most important landscapes for waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. This involves working cooperatively with landowners to improve their flood-irrigation infrastructure, maintain sustainable ranching operations, and implement voluntary conservation practices. Anna is highly skilled in this arena and brings a unique level of knowledge, passion, and insight to the IWJV’s working lands conservation efforts. She was born and raised on a hay farm in eastern Oregon, and received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Beef Production and Rangeland Management from Oregon State University. Anna then spent more than ten years as a Watershed Coordinator for the Lake County Watershed Council, where she assisted private landowners in implementing over a hundred habitat restoration projects in the heart of the SONEC region. She is extremely passionate about connecting the ranching community with the tools they need to improve their operations and benefit natural resources. She surely hit the ground running.
“I’m so excited about this new opportunity," she said. "Connecting ranchers with programs that will benefit their operation and the resource is something I am extremely passionate about. Through this position I intend to do just that.”
The IWJV is excited to have Anna on board and serving as lead staff for the growing partnership with NRCS and the FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in SONEC. She supports the strategic, proactive, partner-driven conservation of working wetland habitats in collaboration with private landowners, NRCS, FWS, Ducks Unlimited, state fish and wildlife agencies, state conservation programs, conservation districts, watershed councils, non-governmental organizations, and other conservation entities.
The Wildlife Management Institute is hosting this position as part of a cooperative agreement with the IWJV to advance habitat conservation across jurisdictional boundaries. Please feel free to welcome Anna and expand her conservation network. Her contact information is: (530) 527-7982 (office), (541) 219-2191 (cell), and email@example.com.
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