The Yuba Watershed Institute has a new executive director! Chris Friedel has been actively engaged with the stewardship of California landscapes since 2004. In Marin County, he managed coastal riparian and wetland restoration projects for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. In the Sierra Nevada, he has managed diverse projects for the South Yuba River Citizens League, Camptonville Community Partnership, and Yuba Watershed Institute, including salmonid habitat enhancement, environmental education, forest health, and biomass utilization. Chris began his current role as the YWI’s Executive Director at the beginning of April 2018, and is continuing the YWI’s legacy of collaborating with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to steward the forested lands of the San Juan Ridge.