District Manager | Sierra Resource Conservation District
Steve and his wife Diane resides in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He has worked on business assignments and supporting conservation efforts in southern Africa spanning 35 years. As a founding member he has been a strong supporter of the vision and mission of Peace Parks and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Peace Parks, USA. In 2013 Steve was a guest presenter to the Sustainable Tourism Conference in South Africa.
After retiring from the technology Industry in Silicon Valley in 2001, Steve has been intimately involved with local, state and federal agencies focusing on water and other challenging resource issues including rangeland and forest health. For more than 35 years, he has been a community activist and advocate in land-use, environmental, cultural/historic preservation, and socio-economic issues; engaging middle school students to university level research teams and others in those challenges.
Steve is a strong proponent of restoring portions of the Tulare Lake versus building a massive dam in the Upper San Joaquin River above Millerton Lake. He supports the restoration of the San Joaquin River salmon fisheries and water management objectives and actively opposes the development of the Delta “Twin Tunnels” by working on a multi-regional alternative.
Steve is a founder of the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Forum focused on educational, environmental and economic challenges facing the 8 counties of the San Joaquin Valley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sierra Nevada Alliance which consists of nearly 100 environmental organizations and is involved with the National Geographic Society’s Geotourism Program, promoting the program in the Middle East and Southern Africa. In 2015 he was appointed to the International Advisory Committee (IAC) for EcoPeace Middle East that conducts joint programs on water security and other initiatives in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. His focus has been on the Jordan River Valley Sustainability Master Plan and establishment of a Peace Parks on the Jordan River. Steve also volunteers as president of the San Joaquin River Trail Council, a trans-Sierra trail.
Today he serves as District Manager for the Sierra Resource Conservation District in eastern Fresno County which is a local state agency chartered to manage and protect the natural resources within nearly 1 million Hectares of headwaters, forestlands, rangelands and irrigated lands. Currently he is collaborating with organizations such as the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and U.S. Forest Service on addressing the impacts of over 126 million dead trees within the Sierra Nevada range.
Steve holds a degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and has 30 years of experience doing business management in the high tech and IT industries in North America, Europe, Japan and South Africa.
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