Emily has a broad range of expertise and passion for functional transportation systems, natural resources and community-led change. To each project she brings her experience in community outreach, active transportation planning and policy, and project management. Emily manages many diverse projects in the Active Living program including trail planning, Safe Routes to School, community organizing, bicycle education and community gardens. Emily consistently works with a broad range of agency personnel, educators, and grassroots groups and fosters effective partnerships through these communications. She is successful at bringing together diverse groups of people and finding common themes for productive collaboration. Emily is a League Certified Bicycling Instructor and graduate of the Cascadia Leadership Program.
Morguine has worked in a variety of planning, community outreach, watershed, and stormwater projects at NRS since 2001. She helped develop and implement NRS’ first stormwater projects, the North Coast Stormwater Coalition’s (NCSC) Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Program and the NCSC’s Low Impact Development Pilot Project. She has worked collaboratively with local and state government agencies (State of CA; Counties of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte; Cities of Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Fort Bragg; Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District), non-profit groups, community groups, private landowners, and educational institutions. Morguine has a B.A. in Biology from Mills College and is a member of the NCSC.
Denise has planned, developed and implemented interpretive & wayfinding signage, kiosks, benches and other trail amenities since 2002. Projects include the Hammond Coastal Trail, Falk Headwaters Trail, Eureka’s newest Elk River Hikshari’ Trail, and developing the Humboldt Bay Interpretive Signing Manual (a series of thematic templates for use around the Bay). She has worked with local government agencies including Humboldt County and City of Eureka Public Works, federal agencies such as BLM, the Wiyot Tribe, and non-profits including Friends of the Dunes and Northcoast Regional Land Trust. Denise has a M.S. in Interpretation and Planning from Humboldt State University, and works extensively with artists, geologists, biologists, Tribal members and historians to portray the most recent and accurate story of an area.
Susannah Ferson Manning
Susannah has nearly 20 years of experience in aquatic and terrestrial biology in Humboldt County. She has worked in a variety of coastal habitats and has a particular interest in estuarine ecology research, climate change adaptability, and habitat restoration. Susannah has successfully managed and/or participated in projects including all aspects of fisheries habitat restoration and monitoring, eelgrass/estuarine ecological research and monitoring, endangered species monitoring and habitat conservation, invasive species research and removal, and watershed restoration projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Susannah has collaborated with a variety of agencies and landowners including federal, state, county and tribal governments to design and implement research and restoration projects. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Dunes and chairs the Humboldt Weed Management Area and the Humboldt County Regional Spartina Eradication Program working group, and participates in the Humboldt Bay Initiative work group. Susannah has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a M.S. in Natural Resource Management.
Jenny is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation. Since 2009, Jenny has been managing non-motorized transportation projects to support active living throughout Humboldt County and has considerable experience with Safe Routes to School, trail, and multimodal projects. She leads walkability assessments and bike rodeos, provides meeting facilitation, works to develop policy to support active transportation, and excels at creating engaging public participation graphics, materials, brochures, banners, and maps, including the Humboldt Bay Area Bicycle Map. She has also assisted tribes, local cities, and the County of Humboldt with preparing successful Active Transportation Program grant applications and non-infrastructure programs during Cycles 1, 2, 3, and 4. Jenny completed the Cascadia Leadership Training, the National Charrette Institute Certification Training, Designing for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety OTS Training, Bicycle Traffic Skills 101, PICO’s Community Organizing Training, and was a Eureka City Schools Apple Pin recipient in 2017.
Natalie has been working on environmental health, community outreach, fisheries restoration and planning projects since 2005. She has led and supported projects in both the Active Living and Watershed programs of NRS, including the North Coast Stormwater Coalition’s Non-Point Source Pollution Prevention Program, the Eureka Street Trees program, Loleta Community-building Initiative, Mad River Watershed Management Plan, and many more. Natalie is particularly interested in projects that involve community engagement as well as a connection between environmental and human health and balance. She is a graduate of the Cascadia Leadership Training program. Natalie is also the Board Vice-President of the Humboldt Trails Council and a board member and Secretary of the Salmonid Restoration Federation.
Mitra is a Humboldt State University graduate with a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation. Since graduating in 2011, she has had a broad range of experience in community organizing, gardening, politics, sustainability, habitat restoration and natural resource management. She has taken part in many local projects from restoration to community gardening. She is passionate about healthy communities and healthy environment, and hopes to use her past experiences to help achieve that goal. She is also a delegate for the California State Democratic Party, board member of the Environmental Protection Information Center, and the part-time Administrative Director of the Mad River Alliance.
Carla is currently supporting multiple projects including Safe Routes to School, Peninsula Community Collaborative, Arcata Annie and Mary Trail Connectivity Project, and more. Carla is a Humboldt State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in ecological restoration. She has experience in community outreach, classroom education, and is bilingual. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Dunes. Carla has worked at RCAA for several years and has recently transferred to the Natural Resources division. She is looking forward to supporting healthier communities and environments through her project work.
Stephanie grew up in Iowa where she received her B.A. in Ecological Science. She moved to Humboldt County to attend graduate school at HSU in 2007. She received her Master's in Social Science from the Environment and Community program in 2011. She served two years as an AmeriCorps member in local area and has worked and volunteered for several nonprofits. She has a background in environmental education and interpretation and loves exploring the beautiful natural areas in Humboldt. Stephanie supports the team by coordinating fiscal and administrative activities for the NRS Division.
Dustin brings to the RCAA-NRS division a diverse knowledge of multiple ecosystems and over 10 years of leadership experience. He has experience leading invasive plant eradication field work and a variety of field components on watershed restoration projects. Dustin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacoby Creek Land Trust and is a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Dustin has a B.S. in Environmental Science & Management, with an emphasis in ecological restoration from Humboldt State University and is currently enrolled in the Natural Resource Management Master’s program at Virginia Tech.
Don has worked in watershed assessment and implementation as well as trail planning and implementation since 1978. Don has extensive experience in riparian, wetland, and instream habitat enhancement, with a focus on estuarine environments around Humboldt Bay. He has also worked extensively in upslope erosion control, road assessment, and road rehabilitation and decommissioning. He has provided oversight to construction of several segments of the California Coastal Trail including the Hammond Trail – Widow White Creek Interpretive Trail and Multi-use Trail construction and the Elk River- Hikshar’i Trail. He has also led numerous stream and riparian enhancement projects including the Widow White Creek Enhancement Project and the Wood Creek Tidal Marsh Enhancement Project. He was the project lead for the Humboldt Bay Sediment Reduction and Salmon Habitat Improvement Project and has been leading the Martin Slough Enhancement Project since 2001. Don serves as the president of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, the vice-president of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, and is a founding member of the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council.