Board of Directors
Dr. Richard Harvey, Chairman
Dr. Richard Harvey has been an active board member of the Alpine Watershed Group since 2005. He is a former Alpine County Public Health Officer and finds clean water essential to protecting public health. He has lived in Alpine County for nearly 25 years. He enjoys hiking and cross country skiing with his wife Kate and their dog Freida. He is "inspired" by the wildness and beauty of the Eastern Sierra. He is happy when working with others who share a sense of responsibility for protecting the natural environment.
Michael Barton, Vice Chairman
Michael & his family have enjoyed the rugged beauty and recreational opportunities of Alpine County for over 60 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from U.C. Berkeley and worked in the timber industry for six years. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and worked in commercial banking for 35 years providing financing primarily for businesses and non-profit organizations. Michael is a former board member of Sempervirens Fund. Currently residing in Markleeville, Michael and his wife, Barbara, avidly pursue hiking, skiing and fishing. By joining the AWG board, Michael wants to deepen his commitment to AWG’s mission of improving Alpine County’s natural ecosystems.
Zach Wood, Treasurer/Secretary
Zach has lived in the watersheds of the Great Basin for most of his life. The scarcity of water draws him to activities like skiing, and hanging out on the Carson River. He considers it a privilege to enjoy the mountains of Alpine County. Through the Alpine Watershed Group he can lend his efforts to the watersheds that have provided so much for him.
Christine Aralia, Member at Large
Christine is a Landscape Conservation Coordinator and Senior Environmental Scientist
with the California Tahoe Conservancy. Christine is currently focused on increasing the pace
and scale of forest and watershed restoration on the entire west shore of the Lake Tahoe Basin
in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Prior to
working for the California Tahoe Conservancy, she worked for 13 years for Save the
Redwoods League as a land project manager on forest and watershed restoration in coastal
redwood forests, and for six years as a planner for Humboldt County. Christine has a
Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and a Master’s degree in Environmental
Systems from Humboldt State University. She is currently a full-time resident and homeowner
in Alpine County.
Dan Kaffer, Member at Large
Dan has over 44 years of natural resource conservation volunteer work, and 32 years as a District Conservationist and Resource Conservation Development Coordinator for the USDA-Soil Conservation and Natural Resource Conservation Service. Dan has dedicated his life to conserving our precious watersheds. Dan has been a founding member, or champion of 12 successful watershed groups in 2 states and 10 counties. He has organized and helped find funding, to support over 25,000 volunteers completing "hands-on conservation projects" in CA/NV watersheds. He has been recognized with over 100 achievement awards from ranching, environmental, tribal, non-profit, county, (three best in) state, and (two) national awards for excellence in applied conservation work. Dan is married to his girlfriend Dianne of 35 plus years, with son Ray, and daughter Selena who are working towards graduate degrees in Psychology and Mechanical Engineering respectively. Special interests include spiritual growth and all things natural history and conservation.
Robert H. Twiss, Member at Large
Bob currently serves as a Director of the Markleeville Public Utility District and continues his long career as a Professor and Consultant. He has been a Professor at University of California, Berkeley in the College of Environmental Design for nearly 50 years. Bob also has nearly 50 years of consulting experience, largely in California, focusing on land management, ecosystem restoration, and watershed issues. He has also worked for the Forest Service and served in the Michigan Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. Among Bob’s many notable positions, he has served on national and regional Science Advisory Boards and acted as the Chairman of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Bob has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources, as well as an MS from the University of Michigan.