WHAT WE DO
Tools of Conservation
Bob Dean, Director - Mountain Ranch
Bob is President of Friends of the Library of Calaveras County, Director of Resource Conservation District of Calaveras County, Director of the Bonsai Club of Calaveras County, and President of the Sierra foothill Chapter of the California Plant Society. Bob also was a former director of the Calaveras County Water District, and also served on the board of ACWA (Association of California Water Agencies) where he was a member of their Executive Committee for one term.
Scott Oneto, Treasurer - Jackson
Scott is the Farm Advisor and County Director with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Tuolumne County. Scott's family has a long history in California agriculture. As a fifth generation of Amador County, Scott's family has been raising livestock, growing timber, and growing fruits and vegetables since the early 1800's. Scott graduated from U. C. Davis with a Bachelor's degree in plant biology and a Master's Degree in Weed Science.
Kevin Bonneau, Secretary - Volcano
Kevin's family has been ranching in the Mother Lode for generations. He attended Amador High School and then went on to UC Davis where he studied Political Science and Economics. After college Kevin returned home and took a job at the local sawmill. During this time he also traveled and worked extensively in Europe, Asia , Africa and Latin America. Kevin currently manages real estate holdings and advises or serves on seven for profit and non-profit boards.
Susan Bragstad, Director - Amador City
Susan is a retired architect and current olive farmer and olive oil producer. Susan was formerly a city council-member in Amador City, as well as the vice mayor, mayor, and treasurer.
Chris Wright, President - Calaveras County
Christopher Wright grew up in rural Calaveras County in the Sierra Nevada where his family has owned land for four generations. He spent his childhood hunting, fishing and hiking in the Mokelumne River Watershed. During this time, he developed a commitment to preserving the environment as well as a determination to improve the well-being of people living in the Sierra Nevada. He continues to live in Calaveras with his wife and two children. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree from Humboldt State University where he studied Natural Resources, Planning and Environmental Conservation. He worked in county government as a planner for Mendocino County and returned to Calaveras to work as the first executive director of the Foothill Conservancy where he fought to protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in his childhood home. Elected in 2012, Chris served on Calaveras County Board of Supervisors until January of 2017. Christopher currently runs a small nonprofit Sierra CPR, working to conserve, protect and restore the "Range of Light".
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