Steering Committee

Representing numerous sub-watersheds within the Applegate River watershed, the ANN steering committee is the core group working to keep ANN focused on our mission, vision and goals. The steering committee 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.

Luke Ruediger
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.

Marion Hadden
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.
Cheryl Bruner
Cheryl has a lifelong love of nature and goal of fostering an environment where the forests and the community take care of each other. Cheryl is employed full time as a Registered Nurse and owns an organic farm with her partner, Jim. She is on the Board of Directors for the Williams Community Forest Project and  the Williams Creek Watershed Council and has been a active member of the Williams community  since moving to Williams in 2005.
Chris Bratt
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.