Board of Directors

Al Hrynyshyn Chair, Zone 1 Director

Al is a retired geologist, with a BS from the University of Wyoming and MS from Utah State University. He worked for several years in the petroleum industry and spent many years as an educator teaching geology, physics, and chemistry at every level from middle school to university and adult educati… Read more

Gary Jensen Secretary/Treasury, Zone 3 Director

Gary’s education began with a BS in Forest Management that was followed by a BS in Accounting along with additional studies in Education. He has spent over 40 years working as an industrial forester for various companies in the Northwest, including 20 years for Lane Plywood, Inc. Following these e… Read more

Ralph Perkins Vice-Chair, Zone 5 Director

Ralph has been with the UWSWCD for over 25 years. He has always been interested in Natural Resources. Ralph quickly learned the UWSWCD’s mission and philosophy aligned with his. He also found that most of the people working in the natural resources field are ‘hard working and nice folks’. He i… Read more

Mary Durfee Ph.D. Zone 2 Director

Mary Durfee is Professor Emerita of government at Michigan Technological University, which is on Lake Superior. She was U.S. Co-chair of The Lake Superior Binational Forum, a citizen advisory body that advised the governments of the U.S. and Canada. She has published on Great Lakes water quality. Sh… Read more

Abel Kloster Zone 4 Director

A fourth generation Oregon native, Abel is well acquainted with the forests and fields of the Pacific Northwest where he has been a farmer and restoration forester for many years. He is the co-owner of Resilience Perm culture Design, a whole systems design and installation firm specializing in farm … Read more

Chuck Arrera At Large 1 Director

Chuck grew up working on his uncle’s dairy farm in Dufur, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University, graduating with a BS in Agriculture. After graduating from OSU, he worked in the agricultural irrigation business for 5 years before branching off to specialize in municipal water and wastewater … Read more

Malcolm Wilson At Large 2 Director

Malcolm Wilson is a resident of Eugene and a hobby forester who tries to manage a badly scattered collection of small woodlots throughout the Upper Willamette district. He is interested in the challenges of balancing the environmental, recreational and economic interests that modern forestry, and by… Read more

Eric Nusbaum Associate Director

Eric has worked in Oregon’s conservation world for over 20 years. Before joining the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) he managed the Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District in Western Lane County. At ODA he has previously been a Water Quality Specialist before becoming the Operations Sp… Read more

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serving as a conservation district spokesman
  • Managing projects/committing resources
  • Actively participate in monthly board meetings
  • Stay abreast of local conservation issues
  • Obligating conservation district funds
  • Promote the conservation district’s work to landowners, it’s constituency, agencies and organizations
  • Promote the conservation district’s work to legislators regarding funding
  • Help identify local conservation needs, programs and services
  • Keep the conservation district’s mission in focus
  • Develop and implement a long range plan and an annual work plan
  • Seek new partners in conservation efforts
  • Work with other Directors to achieve the Vision of the district

Director Terms

Each District has either five (5) or seven (7) Directors; (example: 5 Directors and two at-large Director Positions).  Each term of office for each position is four (4) years, and requires election to that office.