Robyn is a thirty two year resident of the Yaak Valley and one of the founders of YVFC. As director, Robyn manages day-to-day operations and oversees all YVFC programs, including Forest Watch, Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project, Community Development and Conservation Education. She is the lead coordinator for the Three Rivers Challenge and serves as Chair of the, Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition, past chair of the Lincoln Resource Advisory Council and is liaison with local economic development groups. Her background in business administration and her commitment to community development and common ground dialogue have proven invaluable to YVFC. She has been honored with several awards including 2004-2005 Rural Community National Spirit Award from U.S. Forest Service, Dept. of Agriculture, 2008 Regional Forester’s Honor Award by Northern Region USFS – presented to Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition for Gridlock Breaking, 2009 Len and Sandy Sargent Stewardship Award by The Cinnabar Foundation – “This award recognizes outstanding environmental achievement within Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”2016 Headlamp Award by Cabinet Resource Group – “With deep appreciation for years of dedicated service working to protect the Yaak Valley environment, natural resources and quality of life.” She assists her partner with an alternative energy business.
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A native New Yorker, Jane grew up spending as much time as she could outdoors in the North Woods of Manhattan, and later leading backpacking trips in New England’s Green and White Mountains. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Classics and Mathematics with course work in ecology, biology, and environmental law and policy. she moved to Colorado to dig trails with the Southwest Conservation Corps and fell in love with the West. Jane made her way to Montana in Spring of 2018. She joined our staff in December and is living in Troy. She is thrilled to join the YVFC in its mission to protect this remarkable landscape, and eager to learn more about it and the communities of northwest Montana.
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Shawna grew up in Troy, MT. After graduating from Troy High School, she graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Anthropology and International Development. After returning to Troy in 2008, she worked for Troy Public Schools before taking on the development and implementation of the YVFC's Conservation Education Program. Over the years, Shawna's role has grown to include the Community Development Program allowing her to build on a healthier and more resilient vision for her hometown.
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Anthony has called NW Montana home since 2006. Being outdoors hiking, fly-fishing and pursuing wildlife/landscape photography sparked the connection to the wild places that Anthony now adamantly works to restore and protect. He has worked with the Yaak Valley Forest Council since 2013, implementing restoration projects on local waterways and data collection throughout the area. To his work as Field Crew Leader, Anthony brings experience in backcountry trail work, wilderness first-aid, knowledge of the area and a passion to rehabilitate and preserve the unique bio-diversity of the one and only Yaak valley.Contact Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Walpole is a native of the Northwest and lived in the Bonners Ferry-Sandpoint area of North Idaho for 18 years before moving to the Yaak in 2013. Claire had a 35-year clerical career in the legal field and retired after almost 12 years of service in the Bonner County Public Defender’s Office in Sandpoint, Idaho. Claire’s clerical, administrative and legal experience is a great asset to our grant manager position. For all of her adult life Claire has been interested in medicinal herbs and is particularly interested in the native medicinal plants found wherever she has made her home. Claire also has a long-time interest in any aspect of American Indian culture, history and world view and is a partner at Willow Bend Trading Post located near the 37 mile marker on the Yaak River Road. Claire is delighted to make her home on the Yaak and be part of the team that is protecting, restoring and connecting this landscape.Contact Claire at email@example.com
Lisa has been in the Yaak Valley since 1994 and was drawn here by her love of the wilderness. She has raised her family with that same wilderness value. As one of the original members of the YVFC, Lisa became involved in order to protect the unique bio-diversity of the valley. Her expertise in office management and finance makes Lisa a wonderful addition to our staff.
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