John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie

John believes that clean, free flowing rivers are an essential natural force on this Earth.  These rivers are a requirement for life on this planet to continue as we know it. Rivers provide a connectedness in this world that ties all life together.  Being in, around, and on rivers brings out the best in people. The river speaks the same language to everyone on this planet. No matter where you are, at home, or in a strange country, the river is a friend you can always count on, it will always be there. We need to ensure this is the case for future generations.

For the past 15 years, John has dedicated his time and life to rivers. John has been a commercial raft guide and kayak instructor on almost 30 different rivers, 9 different states, and 3 countries including Nepal and Norway. Plus a whole other list of places in his spare time. In his travels, following rivers around the world, John has witnessed the power a river can have on people and communities. He has seen how rivers should be, and shouldn’t be, examples of pristine perfect rivers, and rivers that have been disrespected and forgotten.

These travels have inspired John to help protect the rivers he loves, to ensure they are not forgotten or lost to the name of progress, to ensure that the rivers we still have remain natural and healthy, and to spread awareness that this is something worth fighting for.

Pat Arnold

Pat Arnold

Pat, her youngest grandchild and some of his classmates looking at the mountain and thinking about poetry 

 

Pat Arnold believes that something organizes the universe, but that something is not us.  Thankfully, we never get to the end of the mysteries about the universe and its ways.  Our task is to exist in harmony with all around us, with reverence, disturbing little, conserving much, and celebrating all.

Pat’s been on the FWSR board for a long time now, and every FWSR board meeting is still fun.  Pat is grateful to the FWSR supporters who have sustained the group since the 1970’s.  Hurrah for past success and onward to new victories!

Pat’s parents were heavily involved with Rachel Carson in environmental work, so her environmental activism education began early.  Pat holds degrees from Vassar College, A.B. sociology and English; the Cambridge-Goddard School for Social Change, M.A.  women’s history; and the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, M.S Agriculture.  Pat’s a graduate, Class XVII, of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.  She spent most of her working career in production agriculture.  She moved to Trout Lake in 1991 to take a position as production manager at Trout Lake Farms.

Dave Berger

Dave Berger

 

David left the Bronx, NY for San Francisco back in the 1970s with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering and a desire to put his career and life experiences to their best use.  He has since worked throughout the West as a consultant and inspector for various private organizations as well as federal, state, and municipal agencies in the fields of water and air quality as well as with hazardous waste issues.  He was eventually invited to create an Environmental Engineering program at Portland Community College where he worked for 23 years before retiring.

During his tenure at PCC, David travelled to Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Mali), Mexico, as well as statewide to promote renewable and solar energy projects.

Since his retirement, David has dedicated his time to local environmental and water quality issues.  You can find him cleaning and sampling our nearby rivers and lakes, maintaining hiking trails, tutoring high school students, and promoting a major global transition from fossil fuels to a renewable energy system. He is a dedicated volunteer of the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute (now GEO — Gorge Ecology Outdoors,) Friends of Trees, Columbia Riverkeeper, Solar Energy International, the Oregon Conservancy Foundation, and, of course, Friends of the White Salmon River.

David resides in Lyle, Washington with his wife Julie and spends as much time as he can with his grandchildren.

Jeremy Bisson

Jeremy Bisson

Jeremy was born and raised in Washington state and is currently living in Trout lake WA. Before he could walk, his father would take him on to the river where he enjoyed playing in and near the water. Soon he began to enjoy fishing, rafting and kayaking in some of Washington’s most pristine rivers. Most of his days involve at least one trip down the river in his kayak.

Patrick Connolly, Ph.D.

Patrick Connolly, Ph.D.

Dr. Connolly has worked in the fisheries field in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years.  Pat received his B.S. in Biology from Centre College of Kentucky, his M.S. in Zoology from University of Idaho, and his PhD in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. 

He is recently retired, now Emeritus, from the US Geological Survey, after serving there as a Research Fish Biologist for 20 years.  Pat has conducted stream fish ecology studies throughout the Columbia River Basin and other stream systems in the western USA.  A major focus of these studies has been to evaluate effectiveness of restoration actions and fish response, such as from stream improvement projects and dam removal.
See a list of his publications.

Lisa Hamerlynck, M.Ed.

Lisa Hamerlynck, M.Ed.

 Over the past 30 years Lisa has worked as an archaeologist, park ranger, naturalist, environmental educator, and environmental planner. She has passion for adventure and wild places. Her adventurous spirit has led her all over the world for work and play from the arctic circle to the tip of Patagonia.

Despite her wanderlust, Lisa always comes home. Born in Portland, Oregon, she is the 5th generation of her family to live in the Pacific Northwest. From her small organic farm & orchard near Husum, WA, she often walks with her husband and dog down to enjoy the White Salmon River.

Lisa is excited to use her skills, drive, and commitment to protect and improve the place she now calls home; the White Salmon River watershed, in the Pacific Northwest, on the North American Continent, on Planet Earth.