The Board of Directors and staff of any Non-profit organization is the lifeblood that
keeps everything going.
Erik is an avid outdoorsman whose early childhood included backpacking trips with his parents in the North Cascades and Olympics, in his native Washington State. His interests include hiking, mountain biking, motorcycling, camping and fishing. Erik has been a Lassen County resident since 2011, when he relocated here to open Lassen Ale Works. His love of the outdoors led to support and involvement with Lassen Land and Trails Trust; in 2019 he joined the Board of Directors and was elected president.
Tim Keesey has twenty years of experience in natural resource management working for tribal governments, federal and state government agencies, and as a private consultant. His primary areas of interest are forestry and watershed restoration. Tim spends his free time trail running, biking, cooking and eating. Tim joined the Land Trust Board to assist in conserving and restoring the many beautiful ecosystems and working landscapes in Lassen County.
Jeff Fontana (Secretary)
Jeff is the public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Northern California District which includes offices in Susanville, Alturas, Cedarville, Redding, and Arcata. He holds a BA degree in journalism from the University of Nevada. Jeff’s familiarity with the Lassen Land and Trails Trust stretches back to the organization’s beginnings. As a journalist, he covered the events that led to formation of a citizen group to save the historic Depot. That group evolved into LLTT. Jeff, his wife, Carol, and son, Christian, reside in Susanville.
Carol Curry, CPA
Tim Garrod (Director)
Tim Garrod’s agricultural experience and insights, as well as his experience in Resource Conservation drew him to join the Trust’s Board of Directors, where he currently serves as President. He has been a partner in owning and operating Bird Flat Ranch in Doyle for over thirty years. He has also served our Lassen County farming and ranching community on the Honey Lake Resource Conservation District, including as their Chairman.
Janyne Little joined the Lassen Land and Trails Trust Board in 2017. Janyne fell in love with Lassen County and the wide open spaces of the west after moving to Susanville from the Midwest in 2012. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and currently works for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Lassen and Modoc counties. In her free time, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, backpacking, and mountain climbing. She is passionate about showing off the best that Susanville and surrounding area has to offer.
Melissa, owner of Every Bloomin Thing in Susanville, and also a seasonal location in Chester, loves outdoor recreation. She spends every moment that she can with her partner Tim, and the family, enjoying this wonderful area we call home. Growing up in Montana and the Sierra Nevada range, she has experienced for many years the wonder of this area. Giving back in many ways through partnerships and classes, she believes that through education and experience we can all appreciate and help to further the cause of conservation in this area.
By day, Andrew Johnson is a Geographer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, CA. However, In his free time, Andrew enjoys all types of outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, rock climbing, and backpacking. This love for the outdoors, especially in Lassen and Modoc county brought him to feel closely aligned with the Trust’s mission and goals. Andrew hopes to apply his skills in land management, vegetation monitoring, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and data analysis to help achieve the Trust’s goals.
My parents and grandmother are to thank for encouraging my interest in the outdoors and the environment having often been “encouraged’ to “get out of the house” and “play outside with that”. Also, when that mysteriously broken lamp or vase was discovered, the back 40 acres was a safe place to be. I earnestly started pursuing “the sciences” at California State University Chico in 1979, matriculating by default in 1981 by choosing a career in the building trades in Marin County. In 2000, returning home to Chico, I served as Watershed Coordinator for the Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy, as a Butte County RCD Associate Director, and as liaison to the Butte County Fire Safe Council while working seasonally with CAL FIRE. Through many endeavors with resource groups in the north state, in conservation, on environmental issues, restoration, and fire, I learned “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts” is true if you realize barriers that separate are only perceptual and relative to the paradigm you operate under. Change of perception alters the paradigm and equates to increased changes in the outcome. I started working at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in 2006, moving to Susanville in 2016, hold a Directorship on the Honey Lake Valley RCD board, participate with the Lassen County Fire Safe Council and work as the Environmental Coordinator with the Natural Resources Department of the Susanville Indian Rancheria. It is my honor and pleasure to serve.
Advisors & Contractors
Randy Darrow /Bookeeping
Bill Faatz / Volunteer LCCA Manager
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