Board of Directors
Michael Pope, Board Chair and Treasurer
Michael has been the Executive Director of the Greenbelt Land Trust since 2010. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Wildlife Science from OSU. As a wildlife biologist, he conducted research on marbled murrelets, black bear, Roosevelt elk, sage, ruffed and blue grouse and mountain quail. Michael was a Research Assistant and Faculty Research Associate at Oregon State University in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department from 1989-2004. He also worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as the Wildlife Mitigation Coordinator and as the Oregon Conservation Strategy Coordinator. Michael attended a Boatbuilding School for two years in Maine during the 1970s and was a professional boat builder in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Alaska from 1976-1987. Michael is avid trail walker and kayaker. He is currently the Board President of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts and believes that close collaboration between non-profits with similar missions and objectives will be a key factor for protecting Oregon’s natural resource legacy.
Annie Young-Mathews, Chair-elect
Annie comes to us with a background in agronomy, native plants and restoration. She has worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the past 6 years, and is currently the manager of the Corvallis Plant Materials Center. Annie will bring more of an agricultural perspective to restoration prioritization in the watershed, as MRWC extends its work from the headwaters downstream to the Willamette.
Jeff Reams, Board Secretary
Jeff is the CEO of Turnstone Environmental Consultants, Inc. He is also a partner in the Muddy Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank. Jeff has 20+ years of experience as an environmental professional, with expertise in wetlands and wildlife. He is very familiar with the regulatory frameworks governing restoration and development, and with the delicate balance required for conservation and economic development. Jeff brings a rural landowner’s perspective to the Board, and rich experience serving with Philomath- area non-profits.
Molly Monroe is a native Oregonian, starting her life in Corvallis and returning to attend Oregon State University, she has spent much of her life exploring the great outdoors. Having previously worked as a wildlife biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, she joined the board in hopes of bridging new connections in the community to its natural resources. She now works part time for a water resource consulting firm as well as the Institute for Applied Ecology’s environmental education program. Molly is a volunteer team leader for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Natural Areas Action Team, as well as at her daughter’s school, working to build backyard, schoolyard and pollinator habitats throughout Benton County.
Phil retired in 2002 after 37 years of research, administration, and teaching at the OSU College of Forestry. His research focused on forest ecosystems and soils. Phil received his BA from Swarthmore College (1966), MA from UNC Chapel Hill (1970), and PhD from University of Tennessee (1972) while doing his research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
More recently, Phil has worked to document the convoluted and often contentious history of the Corvallis Mill Race, the diversion dam on the Marys River that once fed the Mill Race, and the industrial site at the confluence of the Marys and Willamette (now Holligsworth & Vose, H&V). He has also worked with DEQ, H&V, City and County staff, and Southtown residents to help insure that the site and industrial plant meet standards for air and water quality and soil contamination. Working with MRWC, he hopes to set up continuous monitoring of stream health across the watershed.
Rachael Davee, OSU Hydrophile
Rachael is serving on the MRWC board as a Hydrophiles student member from OSU. She is a Master’s student in the Geography Program researching the social feasibility of beaver-inspired approaches to stream restoration on rangeland. She will use her experience with fisheries biology and community engagement to help grow relationships between the university and the council. Rachael is excited to connect students and faculty to their local water resource community.
Rianne BeCraft, OSU Hydrophile
Rianne has a combined six years of experience conducting environmental outreach and public education, teaching water resource science, assisting long-term ecological research, and supporting the design and implementation of collaborative public policy processes. She has worked for organizations across the country, from the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains to Washington, D.C., on a range of natural resource issues (e.g., public water supply, forest planning, food security). Rianne is currently pursuing an M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management and a certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation at OSU. She is particularly interested in drought and groundwater resources, and is an officer of the Hydrophiles, a student chapter of AWRA. One of Rianne’s newest ventures includes learning how to play the ukulele.”