Stacy moved to the Rogue Valley four years ago after retiring from the US Department of Agriculture where she worked in natural resource management. Stacy learned of the Willow-Witt Ranch and fell in love with the land and conservation efforts there! Southern Oregon is near and dear to Stacy’s heart; her grandparents homesteaded in Malheur County before moving to the Sacramento Valley where her mother grew up on a farm. In 1978 Stacy moved to northern California to attend California State University, Chico earning a degree in Natural Resource Management, minor Geology. She worked for the US Forest Service in the northern Sierra Nevada where her position was ‘the best job in the world’ monitoring rare plant species and assessed livestock and logging impacts on meadow and forest health. Stacy earned a master’s degree in Conservation Horticulture from the school of Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas then worked for USDA as a program manager focused on plant pests and pathogens.
After a lifetime of walking forests, meadows, and the urban-wildland interface, Stacy sees that the Willow-Witt 445 acre property is special because of the restoration it’s received over the past 37 years. Forests in Oregon are heavily altered after 130+ years of timber harvest, livestock grazing and mining; yet, this property is rejuvenating and serves as a model for how our watersheds can heal and how biodiversity can thrive in a working forest and farm! She whole heartedly believes in the mission of the Crest of showing people, particularly children, how the land can be treated wisely and how such treatment benefits generations to come.