About Us

Mission

Friends of Plumas Wilderness is dedicated to studying, exploring and maintaining the integrity of natural ecosystems where the Sierra and Cascades meet.

We bring people together to keep local places wild, so that what we love about the Feather River region —untamed nature, clean water, and clear skies —is protected for generations to come.

We envision restoring a vast network of interconnected wildlands spanning across the Feather River region.

It’s because of the support of friends like you that we can protect the places we love.

We bring people together to protect and maintain wild places.

Defending the upper Feather River watershed so that our untamed nature and remote places stay forever wild.


Our Board & Staff

Darrel Jury

President

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Darrel Jury

President

Darrel has served as President of FoPW since 2015 and is proud to continue in the long tradition of studying, exploring, and maintaining the integrity of natural ecosystems where the Sierra and Cascades meet. After earning a Master’s degree in Wildland Management from Colorado State University, Darrel spent the better part of a lifetime studying and working at the University of Wilderness. His extensive explorations throughout the wildest parts of the West have convinced him that if we wish to maintain the integrity of the mountains, canyons, rivers, and forests of the Feather River watershed we must increase protection and care for our wildlands and waters.

Trinity Stirling

Vice President

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Trinity Stirling

Vice President

Trinity Stirling was born and raised in Meadow Valley. She received a Bachelor of Science in both Geology and Environmental Science from CSU Chico, and has worked in the environmental consulting, remediation and health fields since 2015. Trinity moved back to Plumas County in 2018 and brings a strong local perspective to the FoPW board. Her grandparents—Betsy and John Schramel—attended some of the initial FoPW meetings that led to the designation of the Bucks Lake Wilderness in 1984. As a board member, Trinity hopes to carry on their legacy by focusing on local advocacy, outreach, and education throughout the Lost Sierra.

Ron Logan

Treasurer

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Ron Logan

Treasurer

Ron Logan accepted our invitation to join the board in January 2021. A fourth generation Plumas County resident, Ron enjoys skiing in the winter, and hiking, exploring, and swimming in the Feather River Watershed’s streams and lakes in the summer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from UCSB and a teaching credential from CSU Chico. Ron taught junior high and high school science and alternative education for twenty-five years. During his teaching career, he was a core teacher for Feather River Land Trust’s Learning Landscapes program and Science Vertical Team Lead for the district.

Darla DeRuiter

Executive Director

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Darla DeRuiter

Executive Director

Darla is an expeditionologist of high ranges, rugged coasts and free rivers. Wild nature and elegant craft as well as physical immersion and loud live music provide intrigue and portholes to beauty. She strives to be more mindful of bodily inputs and aural outputs. Upon reflection, Darla realizes that a nearly quarter-century teaching career, three score years with her perfect love, and a lifetime in the West convince her that she’s satisfied with the life she’s livin’. These days, her energies fit in a five-fingered glove: adventure, creativity, service, health, and human connection.

Will Lombardi

Director

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Will Lombardi

Director

Will has lived, worked and raised a family in the Feather River watershed since 1987. In that time, he fought fire across the West with the Plumas Hotshots, worked as a carpenter, and is now Assistant Professor of English at Feather River College. He is an avid birder, botanist, erstwhile fly fisher, and backcountry rambler. He earned his Ph.D in English at the UNR, where he was trained as an ecocritic—one who studies environmental writing and representation. His research and teaching focus on place-based writing specific to the western states. His aim is to honor the stories of ecological protection that inform our region.

Jeff Kepple

Director

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Jeff Kepple

Director

Jeff fell in love with wild places as a lad, backpacking to the emerald lakes of the Trinity Alps and Marble Mountains.To be lost meant great adventure, and assuredly an exhilarating scramble. To be found meant Jeff must go to school. He received a BS in Physical Science from Cal Poly, SLO, MD from UC San Diego, and Residency through UC Davis. He has practiced Family Medicine and Obstetrics in the Lost Sierra for over 20 years. He has a keen interest in human connectivity to remote and biodiverse places, and the impact on health and wellness. Jeff enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, gardening, songwriting and guitar, as well as theatre and literature. He is cofounder of the Sierra Nevada Conservation and Wilderness Medicine Conference.

Joshua Olivera

Director

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Joshua Olivera

Director

Joshua Olivera is an artist and professor of art in Quincy, California. In addition to making art and teaching, Olivera has worked as a fly fishing and whitewater guide and enjoys backpacking and bike touring throughout the western United States. All of these activities inform his studio practice and provide a sense of responsibility, to help ensure that these places will endure.

Lethi Watson

Tribal Liaison

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Lethi Watson

Tribal Liaison

Lathecia Watson is our Tribal Liaison. Lethi is from Enterprise Rancheria within the Feather River watershed. She first found her love for Plumas County’s public lands while working on the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Youth Crew in 2013. Lethi worked with her tribe as an Environmental Technician in 2016, collaborating with environmental organizations and other tribal governments until she graduated in 2020 with an associates’ degree in Anthropology. Lethi is excited about her new position and is ready to make an impact with Friends of Plumas Wilderness!

Helen Lewis

Monitoring & Stewardship Director

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Helen Lewis

Monitoring & Stewardship Director

Helen Lewis, the new Monitoring & Stewardship Director for FoPW, was born and raised in Quincy. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Recreation at Cal Poly Humboldt. Since 2018 Helen has worked in the outdoor recreation field as a professional river guide on the Payette River in Idaho and as a trail steward in Plumas County. She is a proud Plumas County local, exploring new areas every chance she can get. Helen was drawn to Friends of Plumas Wilderness because of their intentions to protect the Feather River watershed. Her love for the river runs deep. 

Mya Wilson

Monitoring & Stewardship Field Technician

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Mya Wilson

Monitoring & Stewardship Field Technician

Mya has lived in Eastern Plumas County all her life, and has been recreating in the forests, lakes and rivers of the Feather River Watershed since she was a small child. Learning about our watershed and the outdoors from a young age cultivated her appreciation for our wild places, and her passion to maintain and protect this place we call home. This brought her to Friends of Plumas Wilderness where she is excited to help steward wild places for the future.

Shane Koskinen

Outreach and Education Director

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Shane Koskinen

Outreach and Education Director

Shane first moved to Quincy in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the surrounding landscape. He is an ardent whitewater kayaker, mountain biker, backcountry skier, and rock climber- all of which inform his ethos around protecting wild land and water on the Plumas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration from Humboldt State University and has worked in various niches within the outdoor recreation field since 2016. In addition to his work with FoPW, Shane is also Associate Faculty and the Instructional Assistant for the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program at Feather River College.

Sarah Hoffman

Intern

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Sarah Hoffman

Intern

My name is Sarah Hoffman. I was born and raised up in Quincy, CA. Growing up in Plumas County, I have developed an unmatched love for the spirited community and beauty it holds. I’ve expanded this appreciation with my favorite activities: hiking, kayaking, spending time at the river, cooking, and camping.

In September 2021, I moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly and study Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences. I am eager to apply and expand my knowledge in the mountains I call home this summer. Further, I am excited to be a part of Friends of Plumas Wilderness’s mission to protect, explore, and study the natural ecosystems present in the Northeastern Sierras.