James Cathcart is the new District Manager of West Multnomah SWCD – welcome James! His selection follows the retirement of former Manager Dick Springer, who served the District for nine years.
Mr. Cathcart comes to the District with 26 years of experience in forest policy, forest health and monitoring, management planning, and communications, the last 17 years with the Oregon Department of Forestry. As a Portland resident, Mr. Cathcart is familiar with the variety of soil and water resource issues facing landowners in the District, whether they own farms, forests or gardens. After obtaining a Forestry degree at Humboldt State University, he earned a masters in Forest Economics at the University of Idaho, and a doctorate in Forest Management and Economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Mr. Cathcart says, “I am very excited for this opportunity to serve as Manager for the District. I am looking forward to continuing the District’s success in helping private landowners, operators and businesses secure Portland’s livability through healthy soil, clean water and diverse habitats.”
Contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.238.4775, ext. 106.
Michael Ahr has worked as the Forest Conservationist at West Multnomah SWCD for six years. His primary focus is to assist woodland owners in developing and implementing management plans for their properties. Forest restoration projects include thinning, habitat enhancements such as native pollinator work, invasive species control, and erosion prevention often related to forest roads.
He has a B.S. in Natural Resources & Wildlife Management from Ohio State University and his Masters of Science in Forest Resources at Oregon State University with a focus on Natural Resources Education & Extension and a minor in Adult Education. He has worked with the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the Tillamook State Forest in Oregon.
Before coming to WMSWCD, he also worked for two years in Olympia, Washington as the Outreach Specialist in the Small Forest Landowner Office at the Washington Department of Natural Resources. While at DNR, he also worked with the Natural Areas Program to identify and eradicate invasive species, survey prairie habitats to collect seed from native habitats for sensitive butterflies, and assisted with an Oregon white oak release project.
503.238.4775, ext. 109
Michelle has an Honors B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University-College of Forestry and a M.S. in Geography from the University of Victoria. Before graduate school, Michelle worked with OSU-Forest Sciences, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Marion Soil and Water Conservation District. Her background is in forest research, conservation planning, ecological restoration, and invasive species management.
Michelle assists landowners with natural resource concerns and conservation planning. She also conducts field monitoring and GIS mapping, provides project support for District programs, and helps manage the EDRR (early detection, rapid response) invasive weed program.
Michelle has actively volunteered with the Pringle Creek Watershed Council, Multnomah County Animal Shelter, and several community garden organizations. She has also worked with outdoor school programs as an environmental educator. When not at work, you’ll find Michelle camping, snowboarding, quilting, or gardening.
503.238.4775, ext. 115
Scott has been working for Soil & Water Conservation Districts since 2006 and at West Multnomah SWCD since 2008. As the Rural Conservationist, Scott’s provides technical expertise to farmers, livestock operators and horse owners in the District.
He also leads the District’s efforts to restore large scale floodplains and wetlands along the Columbia River and Multnomah Channel, specifically the restoration of Sturgeon Lake, which has been a West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District signature project for over 30 years.
Scott graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Natural Resources and an MS in Soil Science. A lover of all things related to soil, he has worked to grow the District’s Soil School program, offered every spring since 2011. Soil School brings together soil lovers from all walks of life to learn how to care for and improve their soil resources.
Prior to working at West Multnomah, Scott got his start at the Columbia SWCD where he was the technical lead and district manager. In his spare time, Scott enjoys kayaking, skiing and trying to keep up with his two daughters.
503.238.4775, ext. 105
Kammy provides program leadership and technical assistance as a conservation planner. She manages the district’s Healthy Streams Program, develops restoration and special habitat projects, and supports agricultural and other rural landowners. Previously, Kammy was a Natural Resource Specialist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, coordinating habitat protection in the Habitat and Wildlife Divisions and the North Willamette Basin regional office; and worked in coastal zone wetland protection at the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Kammy began her career with the US Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa and the African Development Foundation, and consulted with the U.S. Forest Service International Forestry Program. Kammy concentrated on agro-forestry in Haiti and Central America and on energy and pollution prevention in Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and an M.S. in natural resource management from the University
Kammy volunteers at her daughter’s school and in the community, tending her chickens and 1920s house, and spends time in the outdoors with friends and family. She likes people, plants, animals, bicycling, warm water bodies, foreign languages and culture, and reading.
503.238.4775, ext. 108
Michele is a CPA with over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, primarily in the areas of management reporting and analysis, budgeting, risk management and strategic business planning. Her many years in the corporate sector as well as her volunteer work with non-profits, including as a board member and Treasurer, have well prepared her for her role at WMSWCD. She manages all accounting, budgeting, contracting, reporting and human resources activities for the District.
Michele lived several years in Germany, where she taught English as a second language and had time to indulge her passion for gardening, environmental conservation and all things outdoors. She is also a Master Gardener and a graduate of the OSU Extension Services Organic Gardening Certificate Program. Since moving to Portland in 2009, she’s been an active volunteer with her son’s school, Multnomah County Master Gardeners, and various area running groups.
503.238.4775, ext. 111
Carolyn brings an extensive background in media relations and communications. She spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist, primarily in radio news, and more recently honed her public relations, event planning and development skills as a free-lance communications consultant.
Carolyn holds a Broadcast Communications degree from Oregon State University and has taught radio writing and reporting at Mt. Hood Community College. Her private public relations clients included environmental and arts non-profit organizations for whom she performed a wide variety of tasks from event production, performance bookings, media buying, public relations, development, marketing, publicity and media relations. Carolyn also uses her radio skills as a voice talent for commercial and in-house productions.
Outside work, Carolyn spends time working with glass, singing, gardening, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
503.238.4775, ext. 101
For over a decade, Mary Logalbo has worked on conservation issues seeking innovative solutions with collaborative teams to accomplish more on-the-ground projects. As Urban Conservationist at WMSWCD, Mary manages the District’s Urban Natural Areas Restoration Program, Stormwater Programs, Urban Watershed Mentors, Meadowscaping, Partner Funding, Canopy Weeds and Landscape Demonstrations Programs.
Mary received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University (PSU), New York. She studied terrestrial ecology and marine biology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Mary also volunteered weekends at a N.Y. organic farm and worked as a camp counselor at a biodynamic farm specializing in Waldorf Education. Through the Research Education Undergraduate (REU) program Mary conducted surveys and created bathometric maps for Trout Unlimited which were presented at the Keystone Coldwater Conference at Pennsylvania State University.
After graduation, Mary worked as the Executive Director of the Au Sable River Association (ASRA), a non-profit watershed enhancement organization in Adirondack State Park. Mary served with the Northwest Service Academy’s AmeriCorps program in Portland, Oregon as a Technical Research Specialist before joining the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District as a Resource Conservationist. She developed and coordinated the District’s Invasive Species Program, helped coordinate an environmental education grant program, developed numerous conservation plans with landowners, and managed the District’s web site.
503.238.4775, ext. 103
As a conservation technician, Laura assists with rural conservation projects by helping to prepare maps and conservation plans as well as monitoring projects and collecting field data. In her role as the education coordinator, she provides support to schools and community groups for projects ranging from edible and native gardens to helping establish the next generation of farmers in our region. She has worked for public, non-profit, and private organizations including The Nature Conservancy, the environmental consulting company Tetra Tech, and the Tualatin SWCD to provide botanical and ecological technical support. Laura earned her B.S. in botany and forest ecology from Evergreen State College, and her M.S. in invasive plant ecology from Portland State University.
Laura has been an active volunteer for Friends of Trees and Metro’s Native Plant Center. In her free time she loves to garden, cook, and go for hikes and bike rides.
503.238.4775, ext. 112