Jim Hulbert

Jim Hulbert

Board Member Emeritus

Jim Hulbert is a retired forester with a career with the USDA Forest Service having served on four National Forests in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Jim was the Wild and Scenic River Planning Coordinator for the 1986 Omnibus Wild and Scenic Rivers Act for Oregon and Washington. The Act included the Lower White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers and 41 others in Oregon and Washington. Jim also served as the Acting Manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for one year.

Jim can often be found early in the morning at one of his productive fishing spots, the locations of which remain secret.  Jim is an accomplished woodworker of beautiful and useful items, including a large number of bird houses which he installs and maintains in critical habitat sites around the local area.

Rich Phaneuf

Rich Phaneuf

Rich Phaneuf has 26 years of experience and has participated in hundreds of projects involving bioengineered streambank stabilization, large-scale river channel relocation, wetland creation, biotechnical erosion control, and habitat enhancement for trout and salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Typically, Rich serves multiple roles throughout the life of a project. Initially, in the project phase Rich would manage multiple survey teams to collect data for the basis of design. After the data was collected, Rich would compile data sets from multiple sources to create the foundation of the project. Rich would then take that data and develop base maps and drawings for the conceptual design, permitting, bid documents, and as-builts after construction. Rich also serves an integral part of data analysis, project management, generating cost, and volume reports. Rich sees the importance of the way data is collected and the way to present it to a diverse audience. Now Rich is focused on ways to improve data collection and the documenting process. With the increased accuracy of UAV LiDAR and the ability to couple data with photogrammetry there are ways to bring your project site to your computer. With a background in traditional architectural engineering this enables him to perform analysis, develop drawings, and designs that are easily interpreted by contractors, permitting agencies and
citizen advisory groups.

Diana Robinson

Diana Robinson

Diana Robinson recently retired as director from Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies, a think and do tank dedicated to supporting local government. While at the Center she was involved in a variety of applied research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and strategic planning projects, mostly in workforce development. Prior to coming to CGS, Diana held a variety of research and management positions at the state, regional, and local levels.

Diana attended the University of Wisconsin where she finally accumulated enough credits in one subject to graduate with a degree in sociology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in social services administration from the University of Chicago. She and her husband, Chuck, moved from the Chicago suburbs to the Pacific Northwest to be with children and grandchildren and give back to this beautiful planet. They built a small cabin on the 34 acres of stewardship forest they own in the upper Snowden area.

Bill Weiler

Bill Weiler

Bill’s background is a fish and wildlife biologist and environmental educator living on 20 oak woodland acres northeast of Lyle, Washington. Weiler currently works as the Education Coordinator for the Sandy River Watershed Council. Bill is the co-founder of the environmental education non-profit, the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, and he has authored several books, including “Don’t Run from Bears.”