Lake County SWCD staff are here to help you address your natural resource concerns. Please feel free to contact staff directly using the directory below. General inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting District Manager
Phone: (218) 834-8370
Karen is a senior member of the staff, and she handles
invoicing, payments, grant reporting, and board meeting
planning and scheduling.
Phone: (218) 834-8575
Derrick holds a Professional Engineering license and
specializesin Aquatic Invasive Species management. He
was originally hiredby the Kawishiwi Watershed Protetion
Project to assist withwater quality projects. His work
includes coordinating stream and lake monitoring with
volunteers, working to mitigate thespread of invasive
species, and overseeing engineering projects.
Conservation Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (218) 834-8514
Emily holds a BS in Conservation Biology from the
Universityof Minnesota, and an MS in Wildlife Ecology
from the Universityof Oulu. She is the host of our radio
program on KTWH, Conservation Corner. Her focus is
on civic engagement andoutreach that support our
mission. She also conducts waterquality monitoring.
Phone: (218) 834-8372
Tim specializes in sustainable forestry managaement and
planning. He works with landowners to create plans to
sustainably manage their forested lands, connects
landowners with state and federal cost-share resources,
and provides consultations on forest health by appointment.
Rainy River Headwaters Outreach
Phone: (218) 365-2033
Darren is based in Ely, with his office located at the
Kawishiwi Ranger Station. He holds a Bachelor's in
Water Resources Management from the University of
Minnesota in Crookston. He carries out aquatic invasive
species and water quality monitoring, outreach, and
educational efforts within the Rainy River Headwaters.
He also works for the U.S. Forest Service as a Biological
Science Technician, and he serves as a wildland
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Phone: (218) 834-8513
Sonja focuses on outreach and education surrounding
the inventory and management of aquatic invasive
species in Lake County.
Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator
Phone: (218) 834-8513
Mackenzie focuses on outreach and education,
surveying, and treatment of terrestrial invasive species.