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Chester Anderson, District Manager

Chester grew up in Southern Colorado skiing, kayaking, hiking, hunting and fishing. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Ecology and went on to receive a MS in aquatic ecology from Cornell University. He then started and managed an aquatic consulting company for 15 years that worked with landowners, states and tribes on water related conservation issues. He also developed and managed a non-profit educational farm based on the principles of integrated agriculture. From there he worked in the San Joaquin Valley as a Watershed Coordinator, primarily focusing his efforts on fisheries, water quality issues and irrigated lands. As District Manager of the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District he strives to develop and manage locally-led resource conservation issues that are priorities to the Shasta County residents.

Chester Anderson, District Manager


Gary Lauben, Project Manager

Gary has been with the RCD since 2014. He previously worked as a Hydrologic Technician with the Buereau of Reclamation for 3 years with an emphasis on water temperature in the Sacramento, Clear Creek, and the Trinity River watersheds. He worked as a Hydrologic Technician with the U.S. Geological Survey for 2 years with an emphasis on nutrient loading in the Potomac watershed. Previous to that, Gary worked with the Friends of the Shenandoah River sampling water quality, coordinating volunteers, and creating an interactive map to access their large internal database. He loves spending time outdoors and exploring the Northstate. Some of his favorite activities are mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and travel. Gary is a long time member of the Nature Conservancy and has been a member of the Shasta Land Trust for several years. He holds a degree in Geophysics from Virginia Tech.