Private Forest Accord Grant Program

A Game Changer for Oregon’s Fish, Wildlife, and Forests

About the Mitigation Advisory Committee (MAC)

The PFA Mitigation Advisory Committee (MAC)  works to ensure that funds designated for conservation efforts, as a result of the Private Forest Accord, are invested strategically to minimize the impact of forest practices on protected species covered by the anticipated ODF lead Private Forest Accord Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).

MAC Meetings

The MAC conducts public meetings on a monthly basis. The upcoming meeting schedule, meeting documents and materials, and minutes from past meetings can all be found here:

MAC's Public Meeting page

MAC Resources

PFA Mitigation Grant Program Oregon Administrative Rules
PFA Mitigation Advisory Committee Operating Procedures (pdf)
2023 Grant Guidelines (pdf) (2024 Guidelines release early summer/fall 2024)
Mitigation Advisory Committee (MAC)’s Expenditure Framework (pdf)

MAC Duties

The MAC develops and reviews program priorities, project criteria, and policies and makes recommendations to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (Commission) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) to shape successful mitigation efforts. The following are the primary duties of the MAC:

  • Proactively identify and target investment opportunities in areas critical to mitigation.
  • Solicit Requests for Proposals for grant funding at regular intervals through two funding pathways, Regular Grants and Urgent Grants.
  • Evaluate requests for Urgent Grant Funding opportunities based on resource priorities, timing, and need.
  • Review, score, rank, and make project funding recommendations to the Commission and the Department regarding use of Funds.
  • Work jointly with the Department to submit a biennial report to the Legislative Assembly as provided in ORS 293.640 regarding the expenditure of monies from the Private Forest Accord Mitigation Fund and the status of various activities funded by the monies.
  • Fund projects that will generate the highest degree of mitigation possible for HCP-covered species.
  • Support opportunities, as applicable, to leverage funds to obtain additional or matching funding for conservation efforts.
  • Serve as ambassadors for the mitigation program by alerting contacts to the work of the MAC and the opportunities it creates.
  • Coordinate opportunities, as applicable, to leverage conservation outcomes with other programs within the Department as well as other state agency sponsored programs, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
MAC Membership

The MAC consists of twelve members, seven of whom are voting members appointed by the Governor.

Each voting member serves a 4-year term after shorter and staggard initial appointments, and members are eligible for appointment for up to two terms. All appointments to the MAC shall be made by the Governor as follows:

  • Three members represent non-governmental organizations that promote the conservation of freshwater aquatic habitats,
  • Three members represent the timber industry, and
  • One member from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund.
  • The MAC shall consist of five ex officio members, including a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Committee Members
Chad Washington
Chad Washington, Chair

Nuveen Natural Capital
Voting member | 4 year term

Chad is Manager of U.S. Sustainability for the Timberland group. Chad is responsible for managing the 3rd party forest certification program for U.S. Timberland assets.

Prior to joining Nuveen Natural Capital, he was a graduate research assistant at the University of Idaho. His research can be found in the state of Idaho’s Forest Action Plan where it is used to guide public funding for forest health improvement projects by identifying priority landscape areas. In his free time Chad enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Education:
B.S. in Forest Operations Management from Oregon State University
M.S in Natural Resources from University of Idaho

Chrysten Rivard
Chrysten Rivard, Vice-Chair

Trout Unlimited
Voting member | 2 year term

Chrysten is the Oregon Director of Trout Unlimited (TU). TU is a national non-profit organization with a mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. In Oregon, TU has 3500 volunteer members and 20 professional staff working on fisheries and flow restoration projects, watershed protection, and policy reform.

Chrysten holds a MS in Geology from the University of Washington, and BS degrees in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She spent her early career as a geomorphologist with the Seattle-based environmental consulting firm Pacific Groundwater Group. Chrysten then served as both the founding Executive Director and the Water Programs Director of the Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust (KBRT), a small non-profit focused on ecologic restoration and sustainable water use in partnership with ranchers and farmers in the upper Klamath Basin. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama to chair the Klamath River Compact Commission, a position she held alongside her role at TU until 2021.

While Chrysten’s professional career is focused on river and fisheries conservation, her family actively farms and ranches in southern Oregon, and previously operated an international food processing business. During a 5-year hiatus from river conservation work, she helped to manage the family business, serving the Director of Procurement and Planning. In this capacity, she managed supply chains and production planning at multiple domestic and international manufacturing plants and managed the company’s offices in Argentina and China. She also worked with farmers across the US and globally to develop new organic fruit supply chains and to lead food industry initiatives for improved agricultural water quality and sustainability.

Fran Cafferata
Fran Cafferata

Oregon Small Woodland Association
Voting member | 3 year term

Fran, a Certified Wildlife Biologist®, has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting. She works hard to bring forestry and wildlife researchers and practitioners together to manage for wildlife and forestry in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, she works on projects that involve writing management plans for landowners for compliance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. She also works on education and outreach programs that help tell the story of forestry in Oregon.  She is also experienced with ESA permitting to assess the anticipated impacts of development activities on federally listed species. This work involves wetland technical investigations for identification and delineation, mitigation planning and permitting, NEPA Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Biological Assessments for ESA compliance and Biological Evaluations for NFMA compliance.

Fran is a member of both The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters. She is a past Chair for the Oregon Society of American Foresters and a past President of the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society. In addition, Fran was the liaison between these two societies for Oregon from 2010 – 2017. Being a member of both societies allows Fran to help wildlife and forestry professionals communicate and discuss common goals. Fran was awarded the Oregon Society of American Foresters’ Young Forester Award in 2016 and was also awarded the 2016 National Society of American Foresters Young Forester Leadership Award. Fran is passionate about bringing forestry and wildlife together in developing management strategies that are practical and increase biodiversity within managed forests.

Heath Curtiss
Heath Curtiss

Hampton Lumber
Voting member | 2 year term

Heath works for Hampton Lumber, a family-owned company with timberland and sawmills in the Pacific Northwest.  Heath grew up in Wallowa County, went to school at Oregon State, earned a law degree from Lewis & Clark, and practiced at Stoel Rives.  Shortly after joining Hampton, Heath had the privilege of playing a part in the Private Forest Accord negotiations.  Heath, his wife, and his two daughters now live in Silverton, Oregon.  An avid fisherman and whitewater rafter, Heath appreciates the beauty and understands the importance of Oregon’s rivers and aquatic life.

Andrew Purkey
Andrew Purkey

North West Guides & Anglers
Voting member | 3 year term

Andrew is a partner at AMP Insights, a consulting firm working with clients on some of the most vexing water and natural resources management issues in unique and creative ways. Andrew has thirty years of experience in water rights transactions and water transaction program development, funding and management. 

Andrew came to consulting after having directed environmental water transaction and instream flow restoration programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF) for sixteen years and the Oregon Water Trust (now The Freshwater Trust) for nine years. During his time with NFWF Andrew directed their Western Water Program, which included efforts to the restore water to aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the Columbia Basin, Klamath Basin, Rio Grande Basin, Walker Basin, Colorado River Delta, California, and Texas. In his director roles with NFWF, Andrew developed funding partnership with corporations, foundations and public agencies to support the freshwater restoration efforts of grant recipients and partners.

While with the Oregon Water Trust, the nation’s first water trust, Andrew developed cooperative, market-based projects that engaged water right owners to improve water resources management across priority Oregon rivers. As Executive Director, Andrew helped grow the Trust through his management of its external communications and fundraising plan and public policy and government relations efforts.

Before becoming Executive Director at the Oregon Water Trust, Andrew worked in government relations, political campaign coordination and public policy analysis in the non-profit, government and private sectors. In these roles he engaged on environmental, energy and transportation issues, including the successful Great Outdoors Colorado conservation ballot initiative campaign in 1992. As a consultant he assisted clients with developing and promoting effective compliance and legislative and regulatory policy initiatives before Congress and the EPA.

Andrew earned a BA from the University of Oregon and a MPP from Harvard University.

Mark Stern
Mark Stern

Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund Member
Voting member | 4 year term

Mark is a wildlife conservation biologist who recently retired from a 33-year career with The Nature Conservancy.  Prior to TNC, Mark worked on botany and wildlife for the Burns District BLM and for Malheur NWR. With The Nature Conservancy Mark worked on a wide range of projects including fisheries and waterbirds in the Warner Valley, on Sandhill Cranes, Black Terns and Yellow Rails at Sycan Marsh and Lake/Klamath Cos., Snowy Plovers at Abert Lake and along the Oregon coast, neotropical migrant songbirds in the Willamette and on Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.  From 1995- 2012 Mark was TNC’s Klamath Basin Conservation Director, and from 2012-2020 led TNC’s Oregon Dry Forest Conservation Program.

Mark currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund. Mark has served as a Board Member for the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Pacific Birds Joint Venture Management Board.  Mark also served on the Elliott State Forest Advisory Committee 2018-2022.  Mark has a graduate degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University.  With his wife Ginny, they enjoy birding and wildlife viewing while hiking, paddling and camping in Oregon’s vast outdoors.

Vacant
Bob Salinger

Bird Conservation Oregon
Willamette Riverkeeper

Voting member | 4 year term

Bob Sallinger brings 30-years of experience working on conservation issues in Oregon, He currently serves as the conservation director of Willamette Riverkeeper and the Executive Director of Bird Conservation Oregon. He was a member of the conservation team that negotiated the Private Forest Accords. Bob also serves on the board of the Portland Utility District, Urban Flood Safety and Water Quality District, Intertwine Alliance and Humane Voters Oregon.  

Education:
B.A . in Biology  Reed College (1991)
J.D.  Lewis and Clark Law School (2007)

 

Non-voting Members
Chris Allen
Chris Allen

United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Non-Voting member | Indefinite term

Hello! My name’s Chris Allen. I’m a long-time fisheries biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) in Portland. My road to a career in natural resources was directly influenced by my fortunate upbringing along the Umpqua River in Southern Oregon. My interest in water, rivers and conservation was nurtured by an outdoor-oriented family and a strong predilection towards hunting, fishing, boating, snorkeling and other forms of nature exploration. I went to school at Oregon State University, spent some time at ODFW, TNC and consulting before beginning a federal career with the Service in 1999.  In my current position I am the manager of our Aquatic Resources Division for what’s generally referred to as the Service’s Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, part of our agency’s Ecological Services Program in Region One. It’s an honor and privilege to be representing the Service on the Private Forest Accords Mitigation Advisory Committee.

Sara Gregory
Sara Gregory

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Non-Voting member | Indefinite term

I am currently the Umpqua Watershed District Manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife based in Roseburg, Oregon where I oversee admin, fish, wildlife, and habitat programs. Before taking this position, I was a Wildlife Habitat Biologist for ODFW in central Oregon where I provided guidance and information on a wide variety of land use projects and served as a member of an OWEB regional review team. I have worked throughout the Pacific Northwest on research and management of a variety of species including mule deer, elk, burrowing owls, tree squirrels, and waterfowl. I have a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington. I also served 2 years in the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa.

Mark Grenbemer
Mark Grenbemer

Southwest Oregon Program Representative, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)
Non-Voting member | Indefinite term

Greetings! I am super excited to be able to serve on the Private Forest Accords Mitigation Advisory Committee representing OWEB. I have had the privilege of working for OWEB, serving Southern Oregon, since its creation as an agency in 1998. Prior to that I served a similar function working through the Governor’s Watershed Enhancement Board and before that as a team member of the Oregon Watershed Health Program where we successfully worked with local folks to develop watershed plans and stand up and establish the first recognized watershed councils in Oregon. Even earlier I worked for ODFW and proudly served in the United States Coast Guard. My work buoys my passion for the outdoors and with my family, I enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, rafting and horsing around.

Jennifer Weikel
Jennifer Weikel

Oregon Department of Forestry
Non-Voting member | Indefinite term

Jennifer Weikel works for Oregon Department of Forestry, Forest Resources Division.  She is the wildlife biologist for the Division, and also serving as the Coordinator for the Oregon Private Forest Accord Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan. Jennifer started working for ODF in 2003 and has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of wildlife management, with an emphasis on forest wildlife.

Kate Wells
Kate Wells

National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA)
Non-Voting member | Indefinite term

Kate Wells is the Willamette Branch Chief in NOAA Fisheries' Oregon Washington Coastal Office. She has held this position for three years and has previously worked in NOAA Fisheries' Protected Resources Division and the Sustainable Fisheries Division in the Southeast Reginal Office. Kate's current focus is ESA implementation and salmon and steelhead recovery in the Willamette Basin and Oregon Coast.