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.

Les Hall

Director

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Les Hall

Director

Les is of Mountain Maidu ancestry, though not part of a federally recognized tribe. He describes himself as just a guy who happens to have an ancestral connection to this land and would like to see it not burned to the ground due to ongoing mismanagement and climate change.

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!