Staff

Rod Dowse, District Manager

Rod came to the SVRCD in march 2021, with a long resume of agricultural and local business credentials. Rod supports the SVRCD mission, Board and staff with project coordination, data analysis, and strategic planning.

Ayn Perry, Project Staff

Ayn came to the SVRCD in 2010 after a 29 year career with the NRCS in Siskiyou County.  She still feels passionately about resource conservation and feels that landowner enlightened self interest is the best motivator for good land use decisions. Her work centers on ranch planning and project development.  She holds a BA in Geography from Southern Oregon University.

Ethan Brown, Water Quality Monitoring Specialist

Ethan has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from UC Santa Cruz and is a home grown Siskiyou County native from Mt. Shasta. He has experience in water quality monitoring, data management and analysis, and groundwater and geology.  He is directing our water quality monitoring program and spearheading our Groundwater Sustainability Planning assistance efforts with Siskiyou County. As our Senior Project Manager, Ethan is focusing on our implementation projects in grant writing and in the field. 

Dan Blessing, Forester

Dan recently retired from a long career in the USDA Forest Service, mainly here in Siskiyou County. We are lucky to have him helping us develop and formalize work with small private lands forestry landowners.  He provides mentorship and leans on his vast network to connect SVRCD with forestry organizations and agencies.

Lyndsey Lascheck, Forestry and Fuels Project Manager

Lyndsey joined the RCD in the summer of 2020, bringing diverse experience in restoration, forestry and fire. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration from Humboldt State University. Over the past seven years, she has worked as a field technician and firefighter for The National Park Service across eight different Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and the University of Washington on a wide range of native plant restoration and monitoring projects as well as ecological fuels reduction, prescribed fire, and fire research. Lyndsey brings both her technical knowledge for project implementation as well as experience in collaborative conservation work. She is excited to be on board with the RCD, working to restore the unique ecosystems of our region and help residents manage their lands to be more resilient to wildfires and our changing climate.

Delphine Griffith, Forestry Project Manager

Delphine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with concentrations in Environmental Science, Music, and Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. After graduating, Delphine served as GrizzlyCorps Rural Climate Fellow through an AmeriCorps program in Redding, CA, where they focused on regenerative agriculture, rotational grazing, vegetation management, and community resilience in terms of wildfire. During this time, Delphine became interested in prescribed burning and has since participated in many PBA and TREX burns throughout Butte, Trinity, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties. Delphine joined the SVRCD in September 2021 with enthusiasm about community and Indigenous-led prescribed burning, sustainable forest management, and creating resilient and adaptive ecosystems. 

Janine Siatkowski, Forestry Project Manager

Janine joined the RCD in the beginning of 2022 with a diverse background in natural resources, with a passion in intersecting the components of human dimensions in natural resource management.  She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in Sociology, focusing on social stratification, and is in the last year of her graduate program from the University of Idaho for a Master’s in Natural Resources.  Janine completed a fellowship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that investigated several hydrogeomorphic classification systems in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Anchorage, Alaska to determine more effective management objectives and methods for Alaska’s public lands. She has lived in Siskiyou County for many years and has had the pleasure to work for and with many agencies and organizations in the local community with a diverse range of roles.  Janine is excited to join the RCD and continue strengthening relationships within the community.