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Our projects reflect a cooperative effort with our partner agency, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Phil Hogan
District Conservationist, Woodland Service Center

Phil

Phil graduated from the School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Colorado State and has over 38 years of experience in natural resource planning and management. He began his career as a Soil Conservation Technician in 1981, and became the NRCS District Conservationist for Yolo County in 1993. Phil oversees the administration of the USDA Farm Bill cost-share programs and technical services provided at the Woodland Service Center. He is a Certified Conservation Planner and has extensive knowledge of Yolo County soils and land use, conservation planning for Yolo County cropland, GIS map creation, and professional-level photography.

Ha Truong
Agricultural Engineer, Woodland Service Center Ha

Ha graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering & Agricultural Engineering. He has been at the Woodland Field Office since 2001 and assists Yolo County landowners, ranchers, farmers, and local partners with technical assistance and engineering designs. Ha is a Certified Conservation Planner with extensive experience in developing irrigation system improvements and irrigation water management plans; sediment traps and tail water ponds; rangeland stock water ponds; field borders and hedgerows; and riparian & wildlife habitat enhancements.

Nick Gallagher
Rangeland Management Specialist, Woodland Service CenterNick

Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on Wildland and Range Science from California State University, Chico. He started his career as a Rangeland Management Specialist at the Woodland Field Office in 2005. He works with private landowners to develop conservation plans on farms and ranches that involve livestock operations. He works on irrigated pasture as well as upland rangeland in Yolo County. Nick is a Certified Conservation Planner and has extensive experience writing prescribed grazing plans, habitat restoration plans, and conservation plans.

Fanny YeFanny

Soil Conservationist, Woodland Service Center

Fanny received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Resources Sciences from UC Davis, with an emphasis in Land and Water Management and a minor in Environmental Planning and Policy. Prior to relocating to the Woodland office in 2016, she was a NRCS Soil Conservationist in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Nevada Counties. Fanny is a Certified Crop Advisor and Certified Conservation Planner with expertise in natural resource assessment and planning conservation practices on a variety of land uses, primarily cropland and orchards.

Corey Shake

Partner Biologist, Woodland Service Center

Corey

Point Blue Conservation Science Rangeland Watershed Initiative

Corey has two degrees in wildlife science; a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a master’s from North Carolina State University, where he studied songbird use of habitats created in a farmland conservation program. He has extensive training and experience in planning conservation and monitoring projects, wildlife monitoring methods (particularly bird counts), and vegetation measurement. Since 2013, Corey has worked as a Partner Biologist for Point Blue Conservation Science’s Rangeland Watershed Initiative. He works with landowners and livestock producers to improve ecosystem health on private farm and rangeland. He teams up with NRCS staff to implement on-the-ground conservation practices and management strategies.

 

Priscilla Benson

PBProgram Assistant, NRCS State Office

Priscilla received her bachelor’s degree in Business and Human Resource Management. She has 18 years of administrative experience and is now managing programs for six counties. Her experience is invaluable for NRCS as Program Assistant, and is key to the progress of the Woodland Service Center.

 

 

 

 

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Christine Martin

Farm Bill Assistant, Woodland Service Center

Christine Martin came to NRCS from the legal field where she worked for 11 years as a legal secretary.  She brought her organizational and administrative skills that are a great asset in managing the farm bill contracts for NRCS in the Woodland Service Center.