Meet Our Staff

Andy Bleckinger
Andy Bleckinger

District Manager

Andy joins the Yamhill SWCD team as the District Manager and is excited to return to his home state where he grew up. Andy received his B.Sc. in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University, where he focused on his passions of herpetology and aquatic ecology. For the past 16 years, Andy has dedicated his career to connecting youth and local communities with the natural world around them, promoting environmental stewardship and advocating for environmental equity.

Andy spent the last 3 years with the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District in New Mexico as the Assistant District manager, assisting with District operations and overseeing the outreach and education programs. As the District Manager for Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District, Andy continues to support community agriculture, resource conservation, and the District operations and team that make it all happen.

When not managing grants or attending meetings, Andy enjoys hiking, running, and mountain biking around this beautiful state.

Contact Me About: District Operations and Policy, Budgeting, Conservation and Community Partnerships, and Board of Directors Relations.

Phone: 971-241-9479 Email: andy@yamhillswcd.org

Amie Loop-Frison
Amie Loop-Frison

Habitat Conservationist

Amie has been with Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District since 2004. Currently, Amy is working with landowners interested in prairie and oak habitat restoration. She has been working on developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Fender’s blue butterfly on privately owned lands within Yamhill County for the past four years. She assists landowners with a variety of wildlife issues including habitat enhancements as well as advising on native plant topics. Prior to working on the HCP, Amie spent six years as the Riparian Specialist with the District.

Amie received her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 1995 and worked as a trainee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service before heading to southern Oregon to work as a biological technician for the Bureau of Land Management. This is where she began working with threatened and endangered wildlife species focusing on the northern spotted owl. She then worked for Willamette Industries, which eventually became Weyerhaeuser Corporation, as their Wildlife Coordinator for Oregon. She was responsible for coordinating surveys, inventorying and monitoring all company ownership for sensitive and rare wildlife species including spotted owls and marbled murrelets.

Contact Me About: Wildlife, habitat enhancement/restoration, plant identification, rare and endangered species

Phone: 503-798-8611 Emailamie@yamhillswcd.org

Jordan Anderson
Jordan Anderson

Jordan joined Yamhill SWCD in July of 2022 after many years of volunteering at the Native Plant Sale and contracting with the district for invasive plant surveys. His position is responsible for managing the district’s Agricultural Water Quality Program, which focuses on promoting landowner engagement in conservation practices to improve water quality. He is excited to become more involved in his local community and foster collaborative partnerships with local, state and federal agencies.

Jordan received a B.Sc. in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Oregon in 2009. More recently he completed a M.Sc. in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Oregon State University in June 2022. His research involved rotational grazing experiments with a focus on regenerative management practices that increase plant species diversity and pasture productivity.

Prior to graduate school and before joining Yamhill SWCD, Jordan worked for a variety of private and public agencies in Oregon as a Natural Resource technician. He spent 5 years with an ecological restoration company focusing on native plant installation, maintenance and vegetation management. In addition, he has been involved in conducting surveys of native/invasive plant species, fish habitat and hydrologic monitoring, and vineyard management. Outside of work Jordan enjoys spending time with his wife and toddler twins, gardening, hiking, and snowboarding.

Phone: 503-376-7614 Email: jordan@yamhillswcd.org

Keith Nasman
Keith Nasman

Conservation & Outreach Specialist

Yamhill SWCD would like to announce the appointment of Keith Nasman as Conservation Technician. Keith grew up in the exurbs of New York City amongst towering sugar maples and white pines. He spent much of his youth exploring the hills and forests and was encouraged by his high school biology teacher to take field biology. The class focused on doing an environmental survey of the little stream behind the school. This work resulted in the state upgrading the stream from a trout stream to a trout breeding stream, changing how future development would impact the area. This led Keith to pursue a biology degree at Lewis & Clark College. He settled in Portland and raised a family while working in many capacities at a scientific distribution company. With the kids grown up it was time to find a second, more meaningful career. Volunteering at Miller Woods led to an opportunity for the summer as Assistant Land Steward and now the Conservation & Outreach Specialist role. Outside of work, Keith is an avid sailor and boat builder.

Phone: 503-798-5221 Email: keith@yamhillswcd.org

Brady Watcherson
Brady Watcherson

Miller Woods Caretaker and Volunteer Coordinator

Brady grew up and has lived in the Pacific Northwest all his life, residing in Yamhill County for the last 16 years with his family. Brady has education in the fields of energy and resource management, engineering, facilities management and woodland management.

Brady has worked in both the public and private sectors as well as been a small business owner. He has owned residential construction companies in both Oregon and Washington, worked in the logistics division of one of the largest fire departments in the Pacific Northwest where he was responsible for facilities operation and management and in addition to his duties at YSWCD, operates a small forestry services and products business in collaboration with a non-profit agency he helped create.

He has always had a passion for being outside, working with the land and forests and being part of a team environment. When not working, he enjoys camping and exploring the PNW with his family, attending his children’s many activities, kayaking, helping others and working on his own small property.

Email: millerwoods@yamhillswcd.org

Allison Schwister
Allison Schwister

Office Administrator

Allison joined Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District in November.  Her position is responsible for office management, bookkeeping, board and committee reports, written communications, and supports the Director’s position with financial reporting, grant management, and event and activity planning.

Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University in Wisconsin. More recently she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Concordia University in Portland in April 2020.

In her prior experience, Allison worked in office management in various healthcare settings and operated her own small CSA business.  As relatively new members of the Yamhill community, Allison and her family are enjoying meeting new people, experimenting in their garden, and raising milking goats on their small farm.

Phone503-376-7600 Emailallison@yamhillswcd.org

 

Josh Togstad
Josh Togstad

Protected Lands Coordinator

Josh has been with the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District since 2010. Josh is responsible for coordinating restoration work on District owned properties and easements to enhance fish & wildlife habitat. This involves controlling invasive species, operating equipment, monitoring property access and use, working with contractors, and other duties related to land management. He also helps coordinate the District’s annual Native Plant sale. Prior to working on District Properties, Josh spent 8 years as a Riparian Planner with the District.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fish & Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. Before coming to work at the Yamhill SWCD, Josh worked for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife where he conducted stream habitat surveys and helped oversee salmonid fin marking operations at hatcheries throughout the state. When not at work, Josh enjoys spending time with his young family, hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.

Contact me about: District Properties, habitat enhancement/restoration, weed control recommendations.

Phone: 503-798-5036 Email: josh@yamhillswcd.org

Jacob Rose
Jacob Rose

Stewardship Technician

Jacob works alongside the Protected Lands Coordinator to help restore and maintain District owned properties and easements during the summer. His primary duties include invasive species management and preparing a management plan for one of the District’s protected lands.

Jacob received a B.Sc in Environmental Biology and B.A in Spanish from Pacific University in 2018. He comes to Yamhill SWCD by way of Portland State University, where he is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management. Before the District, Jacob was with Metro where he worked in youth development and managed partnerships to provide gardening resources to communities living in affordable housing. He has also worked in ecological restoration and conservation for several entities. In 2019, Jacob started his own business to offer landscape design and educational consulting services on the side. When he’s not working on District properties, he’s biking around, watching British gardening shows, or scheming his next landscaping project.

Email: jacob@yamhillswcd.org