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Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent services to our customers in a reliable, fiscally responsible manner.

 

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Elizabeth Harper

Executive Director

liz@colusarcd.org

About: Liz grew up in Colusa and returned in 2012 to pursue her passion for farming and rural living.  She began as a ranch intern at Peterson Ranch, a large family farm that produces orchard crops, later that year.  She soon became the Assistant Agronomist working in a close-knit farm management team. Responsibilities included: developing nutrient budgets, managing the irrigation program, and coordinating Integrated Pest Management projects. In her final year at the ranch, Liz became the Assistant Director of Food Safety and Government Compliance, work included developing and implementing a Global Good Agricultural Practice plan.   

Concurrently in 2013, Liz was hired by the local RCD as a Conservation Technician. She was directed by Audubon Society’s lead conservationists to develop and maintain hedgerows at Davis Ranches. 

Apprenticing professionals in both conservation and agriculture specific to Colusa County's ecological farmscape has only solidified Liz's desire to integrate and help sustain both in the place she re-calls home.  

In 2018, CCRCD hired Liz as the Assistant Executive Director to take over the leadership of the RCD at the year's end.  Liz is thrilled to be able to serve her rural community in conserving, protecting and restoring natural resources well into the future.  

When not at work, Liz enjoys raising her son in a small town, running with her dog along the Sacramento River, cooking NYT recipes, attempting a xeriscape garden, reading everything, and traveling outside the valley every once in a while.  

Agriculture Professional certifications:

Certified Crop Advisor/ August 2018

Qualified Applicators License/ March 2017

UC Davis: Walnut Short Course

UC Davis: Pomology Short Course (2-week intensive)

California Farm Academy, Center for Land-based Learning, Winters,
CA / Class of 2014

Graduated in 2008 from Seattle Pacific University, BA in Family and Consumer Science: Individual and Family Development     

 

 

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Victor Briones

Natural Resource Coordinator

victor@colusarcd.org

Victor Briones is not too far from Colusa County, having grown up in Willows, CA. He’s no stranger to agriculture and grew up helping his father irrigate and harvest their olive and almond orchards. After graduating from Willows High School, Victor attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he pursued a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Wildlife, Ecosystems, and Habitat Management. While at UCSB, Victor worked at the Associated Students Ticket Office, became a part of the Latino Fraternity, Phi Iota Alpha, and assisted with a graduate restoration project, which focused on revegetating fuel breaks in the Los Padres National Forest with less ignitable native plant species. He’s extremely excited to be working for the Colusa County Resource Conservation District. Victor is ready to learn more in his role as the Natural Resource Coordinator and assist the agricultural community!