Rob is one of the founding members of the board of directors and past secretary/treasurer of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, and a past president of the East End Neighborhood Association, one of Boise's two oldest associations.
Rob has conducted original research on the Boise River for the past twenty years and authored papers describing the genesis and composition of the black cottonwood forest, its response to changes in natural hydrology, and methods of creating and restoring the black cottonwood forest community. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in wetland ecology at Rutgers University.
James Wakeley is a wildlife biologist and has worked for the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (formerly called the Waterways Experiment Station) for nearly 20 years, following 10 years on the wildlife science faculty of Penn State University. His work for the Corps of Engineers includes teaching, doing research, and developing training materials concerning wetland identification and delineation for Clean Water Act regulatory purposes. He is currently leading a nationwide effort to develop regionalized wetland delineation guidance under the Corps' 1987 wetland delineation manual.
Les Wetter has a Masters degree in Soil Science, a Bachelors degree in Agronomy, a technical degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He has worked as a farmer, a seismic surveyor, an agricultural equipment block man, a researcher at Agriculture Canada and an extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Les Wetter has worked in various capacities for Ducks Unlimited Canada for 15 years on issues surrounding land use. At present he directs Ducks Unlimited Canada provincial efforts regarding government affairs. In this role he liaises with DUC staff, directors, volunteers and outside agencies on government and industry-related issues. Currently he represents Ducks Unlimited Canada in consultations to establish a wetland policy in Alberta.
Scott Woods is a watershed scientist with nine years of training and experience in the study, management and restoration of wetlands and riparian areas throughout the Rocky Mountain region. His M.S. and Ph.D. research focused on the ecohydrology of subalpine riparian wetlands in the upper headwaters of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park. While studying for his Ph.D., Scott worked as a consultant on numerous wetland and riparian research and restoration projects in Colorado and New Mexico. His restoration work focused on high and low elevation riparian systems, as well as peatlands and prairie wetlands. After graduating in 2001, Scott took up an appointment as an assistant professor of watershed science at the University of Montana in Missoula. At UM, he teaches classes in riparian and wetland ecology, watershed hydrology, soil science and watershed management. His research continues to maintain a strong focus on the hydrology of Rocky Mountain wetland and riparian areas. Current research topics include determining maintenance flows for riparian vegetation along forest streams in the Northern Rockies, and the importance of shallow subsurface hydrologic connectivity for maintaining intermontane pothole wetlands. Although now based in Montana, Scott has maintained strong working relationships with wetland colleagues at Colorado State University, the USDA Forest Service Stream Team and the Rocky Mountain Research Station. He has been a SWS member since 1996, and he is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the Montana Chapter of the American Water Resources Association.
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