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Tualatin SWCD Director At Large 2

Qualifications: Candidates for at-large positions must be registered voters and reside within the District. Candidates for zone positions must own or manage 10 or more acres of land in the district, actively managing the land if not a resident of the district, or reside in the district and have been director or associate director of a district and have an approved conservation plan.Salary: NoneTerm: 4 yearsDuties: Soil and Water Conservation Districts work on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis toward keeping water clean, conserving water and keeping soil healthy.

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    Dean P Moberg

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    Kieran Sikdar

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Biographical Information

What currently is the biggest challenge for the SWCD? How do you plan to address it?

What do you see as the future for the local farmers markets grant program?

What is the current status of the riparian repair program and what are your future plans for it?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 720-9024
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.deanmoberg.com
YouTube Video (leave blank if not applicable) http://vimeo.com/227802265
Town Where You Live Cedar Mill
Your Experience/Qualificatons 35 years as a USDA Soil Conservationist: 25 of those years working closely with the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service Master Planner Certification, SWCD Associate Director, SWCD Budget Committee, USDA Soil Health Committee, Leedy Grange Executive Committee. Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, OHSU. M.A. Teaching, Cornell Univ. B.S. Plant Science, Univ. California Davis.
LWV Interview Video http://youtu.be/uybT2b-qJmE
County Washington County
Term 25 years
Biggest challenge: an expanding SWCD capacity converging with critical 21st Century resource issues. In 1993, the SWCD had one part time staffer. It now has 19 staff and a $13 million budget. This capacity might tempt us to address issues alone, but that would be a mistake. We must forge effective partnerships with agencies, non-profits, and the private sector to address climate change, wildfires, and habitat loss. These partnerships must be based on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
I strongly support SWCD farm market grants: -From 1976-1984, I worked on small farms to pay for college. We sold produce at farm markets, which became part of my DNA. -Farm markets provide a consumer-farmer connection that leads to better understanding and encourages local, sustainably grown food. -Farm markets provide more than food. I lead a neighborhood group that holds sustainability fairs at the Cedar Mill farm market, where organizations promote habitat, solar energy, composting, etc.
15 years ago, I represented USDA to help develop the riparian program. Before 2005, riparian programs didn’t make economic sense and no farmers participated. By combining resources, USDA, the SWCD, and Clean Water Services created an economically effective, practical program based on sound science. Farmers have now planted trees on 44 miles of streambank. Future plans: communicate effectively to maintain the partnership; ensure trees we plant today are adapted to the climate of tomorrow.
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.linkedin.com/in/kieransikdar/
Town Where You Live Hillsboro
Your Experience/Qualificatons For over 20 years, I have focused on sustainable natural resource management in both urban and rural areas. I have designed, implemented, and directed green stormwater infrastructure projects to conserve water and reduce floods while improving air and water quality, increasing shade, and providing habitat. I utilize Holistic Land Management to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, reduce flooding, remove invasive species, and restore natural habitats with animal grazing.
County Washington
Term 2 year
The biggest challenge for the SWCD is addressing community and agricultural resilience in the face of climate change. The impacts of changing rainfall patterns and unusual temperatures create significant risks for drought, erosion, and the health of our soils and vegetation. Based on my experience in the arid southwest building healthy soils in the face of climate change, I will help the SWCD expand the range of effective practices to create projects that thrive in the face of climate change.
Farmers markets are critical to local food systems by connecting citizens with their producers. They are also wonderful opportunities to create more exposure and impact for the SWCD. I see great opportunity for the SWCD to gain exposure by creating interactive educational conversations to promote SWCD programs and practices. I want to see more grants awarded focusing on improving access to healthy, local food for underserved populations in Washington County such as matching SNAP funds.
The SWCD’s riparian program has been very effective implementing a variety of restoration practices along over 40 stream miles of Washington County waterways. Excellent regional partnerships exist to efficiently translate funding into completed projects. As a Director of the Board, I will work to support efforts to increase outreach to landowners in priority stream corridors to grow the wonderful impact of the SWCD’s work.
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