Representing numerous sub-watersheds within the Applegate River watershed, the Board of Directors of ANN works to keep ANN focused on our mission, vision and goals. The board is a collaboration of grassroots leaders in the Applegate Valley that help make decisions and provide direction for ANN projects, while keeping the spirit of the organization alive.
Chris Bratt, President
Chris was born and raised in San Francisco, California. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Industrial Arts, he started a family and began a career as a union carpenter. For many years he was a partner in a building contracting business in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a teacher of carpentry and Industrial Arts. Upon moving to Applegate, Oregon in 1976, Chris continued working as a building contractor and manager of his family’s 160 acre forest farm on Thompson creek Road.He has been a founding board member and long time supporter of many local and regional environmental groups including the Geos Institute, Headwaters, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) and Thompson Creek Residents for Ecological Education (TREE). Chris was also a founder, with 20 plus years as a board member, of the Applegate Partnership/Applegate River Watershed Council. He is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the Applegate Valley Community News Magazine
(Applegater). Chris believes our Applegate Community must continue to have the right to help make decisions in managing, maintaining and improving the environmental integrity of our public forest lands and watersheds in the area.
Marina Walker, Secretary
Marina has been active in community projects like the nuclear freeze movement, community recycling and food banks for most of her adult life. Since moving to the Applegate Valley in 2012, she became involved with ANN wishing to support its endeavor to maintain the beauty and health of the Valley’s watersheds and surrounding forests. She enjoys the abundance of hiking and swimming opportunities in the area, gardening, yoga, and screening plays for the Ashland New Plays Festival.
Marion Hadden, Treasurer
Since moving to the Applegate Valley in 2005, Marion has been working to protect our local watersheds. An avid hiker and birder, she has been a lifelong supporter of the environment through active participation in various groups. After graduating from the University of California at Davis, Marion spent 22 years training horses and equitation as owner of Marion Hadden Training Stables in Southern California.
Luke Ruediger, Program Coordinator
Luke grew up in Southwest Oregon and began exploring the region’s unique habitat and terrain at an early age. Living with his wife, Suzie, in a remote, off-grid homestead at the foot of the Siskiyou Crest, Luke has developed a deep relationship and intimate knowledge of local wild lands. Fascinated by the region’s beauty and diversity, Luke has long worked to preserve, restore, and protect the ecological integrity of the Siskiyou Mountains, through environmental activism and land stewardship. Luke has run forest restoration crews and businesses for 18 years, working in southern Oregon and northern California for private landowners and non-profit organizations. In 2013 he published a hiking and natural history guide, The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History and Ecology. Currently Luke writes a blog exploring ecological issues in the Siskiyou Mountains. Luke is also an active member of the Klamath Forest Alliance and a board member for the Applegate Trails Association.
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Park has over 40 years of experience in finance and technology and maintains an active technology consulting business. His affiliation with the outdoors began in childhood, exploring the coastal mountains of southern California before graduating the Sierras. After spending 25 years in New England and another five living aboard a boat in the southeastern US he finally settled in the Rogue Valley. He is actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations on both a professional and volunteer basis and enjoys the abundant hiking and swimming options available in southern Oregon.