The Blue Ridge RC&D Council is governed by 22 voluntary board members, three board members from each county and a representative from the High Country Council of Governments.  For each county, members are selected in the following manner: county commissioners appoint one member, local soil & water conservation districts appoint one member, and the aforementioned appointed members appoint the third at-large member.  Our board works closely with county residents, local government officials, businesses, educators, and state and federal agencies to secure funding and implement projects.  Our success would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our board and partners.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 Jonathan Hartsell has been the Executive Director of Blue Ridge RC&D since 2014 and has lived and worked in western NC since 2004. Jonathan previously served as a watershed coordinator for the North Toe River watershed, as an environmental consultant, and as a non-game aquatic biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Jonathan graduated from UNC Wilmington with a BS and MS in Marine Biology. Jonathan and his wife (Tressa) and two kids (Cade and Laurel) live in Burnsville and love spending time outdoors exploring nature.

Jonathan Hartsell has been the Executive Director of Blue Ridge RC&D since 2014 and has lived and worked in western NC since 2004. Jonathan previously served as a watershed coordinator for the North Toe River watershed, as an environmental consultant, and as a non-game aquatic biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Jonathan graduated from UNC Wilmington with a BS and MS in Marine Biology. Jonathan and his wife (Tressa) and two kids (Cade and Laurel) live in Burnsville and love spending time outdoors exploring nature.

TOE-CANE WATERSHED COORDINATOR

 Lauren Street is the new Toe-Cane Watershed Coordinator. Lauren grew up exploring Mitchell County and western NC. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Soil and Water Conservation. After graduation, Lauren spent time studying American Bison in South Dakota, doing in environmental education in southern California, and exploring the beauty of the United States. Lauren is extremely excited to be back in western NC working with local communities and the environment.

Lauren Street is the new Toe-Cane Watershed Coordinator. Lauren grew up exploring Mitchell County and western NC. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Soil and Water Conservation. After graduation, Lauren spent time studying American Bison in South Dakota, doing in environmental education in southern California, and exploring the beauty of the United States. Lauren is extremely excited to be back in western NC working with local communities and the environment.

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