Friday, March 29, 2013
The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District has announced that Cindy Thieman has been hired as the new Hood River Watershed Group coordinator and Kris Schaedel as conservation technician.
Before moving to Hood River last October, Thieman was restoration program director for the Long Tom Watershed Council in Eugene, for 14 years.
“I am passionate about working with a diversity of stakeholders to achieve conservation goals that benefit fish, wildlife and people,” Thieman said. She worked with farmers, ranchers and rural landowners in the Long Tom to develop restoration projects that improved water quality and habitat without compromising the land’s economic viability.
Thieman secured more than $2 million in state, federal and private grant funding for numerous restoration projects during her time with the Long Tom Watershed Council. Her projects ranged from installing new culverts and bridges for fish passage to restoring oak savanna for native birds and wildlife.
She also designed and implemented water quality and habitat monitoring programs that helped the Council prioritize the location and type of projects to pursue.
“I am looking forward to learning from Hood River valley landowners and other stakeholders about the unique features of the watershed, the community and its economy,” Thieman said. “I believe the confluence of diverse perspectives, shared knowledge and mutual respect is the key to restoring watersheds in a sustainable manner.”
Thieman received a master’s degree in biology and also in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. She and her husband, Jim, have two children, Sam and Juliet. They enjoy the Hood River valley’s community spirit and look forward to participating in the many family events and outdoor adventures here.
Kris Schaedel joined the staff as conservation technician in late February. She has a strong background in watershed assessment, fisheries biology, agriculture and social work.
Schaedel has worked all over Oregon with some of HRSWCD’s partner agencies including the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Environmental Quality, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and Oregon State University.
She is a native Oregonian and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in environmental science and social work.
Schaedel is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the SWCD and looks forward to putting her diversity of skills and knowledge to use.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge