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OUR STAFF

Our mission at the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
is to assist local landowners, cooperators and the public in the
wise development and use of our natural resources.

We work to conserve, enhance, and protect water, soil, forest and range,

fish and wildlife resources and more in Oregon's Jefferson County.

MEET OUR STAFF

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Staci Merkt

DISTRICT MANAGER

Staci returned to the west coast in 2019, after spending the previous 10 years managing Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Virginia. An avid runner and dog rescuer Staci loves the lifestyle central Oregon offers. 

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Adam Haarberg

PROGRAM MANAGER -

TROUT CREEK

Adam came to the District in 1998 and has been working in the Trout Creek Watershed Area doing stream restoration work benefiting anadromous summer steelhead.

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Ally Steinmetz

COUNCIL COORDINATOR

MIDDLE DESCHUTES WATERSHED COUNCIL

Ally Steinmetz is the current Council Coordinator and has been with MDWC since October 2021. Ally earned a M.S. in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation from Virginia Tech in 2018 and a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Spanish minor from Oregon State University- Cascades in 2011.

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Lisa Windom

CONSERVATION SPECIALIST/
CREP TECHNICIAN

Lisa Windom is the current CREP Planner and started her position in September of 2021. Lisa has worked in the natural resources field in Colorado and central Oregon for the past ten years. She received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2015 from Colorado State University and her M.S. in Water Resource Science and Soil Science in 2020 from Oregon State University.

SUPPORTING AGENCY STAFF

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Lars Santana

DISTRICT CONSERVATIONIST NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICES

Lars is a Colorado State University Alumni with a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Forestry Management. He has been a Rangeland Management Specialist with the NRCS for over 17 years providing technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners wanting to make improvements to their land.