Board of Directors

Bill Hirt, Director

William H. Hirt has been a Board Director since March 2005 after having been involved with the organization for a little over a year. He has lived in Siskiyou County since August 1991, when he joined the faculty at College of the Siskiyous as the geology instructor. He learned about the RCD’s work through conversations with another of its board members, and hopes to be able to draw upon his professional background to assist the district in addressing some of the geological and hydrological questions it deals with.  He served as Chairman of the Board until January 2019.


Chris Robertson became a board member for the Shasta Valley RCD in December 2011. He owns and works an agricultural property in the Shasta Valley. His family roots are from North Eastern California that now span six generations. As a youth Chris spent each summer working the family ranch in Modoc County. His grandfather taught resource conservation to his family as a way of life. He worked the farm and served as the president of the Soil Conservation District for decades.  Chris says: “I have been watching resource issues unfold for decades in the Klamath Basin.  I believe that conservation issues in Siskiyou County are being watched by a great many interested parties around the world, and understand the gravity of the work of the SVRCD. ”  Prior to purchasing the farm in Montague, Chris worked in the information technology (IT) world in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ryan Walker; Board Chair. Ryan has been a director since 2011. Ryan grew up on the JJJ Ranch along Bogus Creek where he assisted his parents in running a large sheep ranch. After attending Bogus Elementary School and Yreka High School, he went on to earn a bachelors degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Yale Law School. Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart Jennifer (Root) who grew up on her family’s ranch, which straddles the Shasta River just outside Grenada. After law school, Ryan practiced law in Los Angeles for 10 years. In 2005, Ryan and Jennifer returned to Siskiyou County with their two young sons where Ryan joined his father in operating the JJJ Ranch. Since he returned, Ryan and his father have greatly expanded the ranch and made the transition from raising sheep to raising commercial beef cattle. He currently serves as an active board member on the Bogus Elementary School District and the Upper Mid-Klamath Watershed Council. Ryan has a direct interest in the resource issues within the conservation district and a strong desire to see the present resource concerns in the district resolved in a way that will allow ranches like his own to be economically and environmentally sustainable into the next generation.
Zach Salvestro: Zach was appointed in February 2021.  Bio coming soon
Mike Duchi: Mike was appointed in March of 2021. Mike is a 4th generation resident of Siskiyou County with a seventeen year background in environmental remediation and water monitoring. Mike also spent thirteen years in the timber industry with a focus on production and management. Mike enjoys raising cattle and hay in his spare time.
Associate Directors: Stan Sears and Justin Sandahl. We are always looking for more associate directors who give the RCD input on many important issues, but do not vote.
We want to thank the many who have served:
Past Directors: Rich Klug, Beth Sandahl, Mike Matherly, Don Meamber, Rick Lemos, Bill Peters, Willie Peters, Maggie Starr, Carolyn Houghton, Stan Sears, Clyde Greco, Dwayne Jones, Rich Kuck, Dale Kuck, Charlie Haight, Hank Buscombe, Blair Hart, Martin Andreas, Jim Cook, Andy Eagan, John Ballestin, Kerry Mauro and so many more.