We welcome two new members of the Board of Directors. First, we welcome Dave Ruediger as an organizational Director, representing the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. Dave grew up in the woods, rivers and lakes of Michigan. This led him to degrees in horticulture and science education. He spent 36 years teaching students biology, environmental and earth science in Michigan, Illinois and, for the past 29 years, West Virginia. The mountain streams and whitewater of The Mountain State called to him and he spent a large portion of his mid-life in the rocks and rapids of the Elk, Gauley and New Rivers. In 2001, his soul-mate, Pam, and he were married next to a waterfall on the BlackFork of the Elk River in Webster County. They now reside near the BlackFork of the Cheat River in Tucker County. They are both active with the Friends of the Cheat and the Cheat River Water Trail.
Next we welcome Campbell (Cam) Moore. He lives in Canaan Valley with his wife and young son and has loved the West Virginia Highlands ever since first visiting on backpacking trips in college. Cam has a long background working on conservation and climate change in Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as several years focused on West Virginia. He is passionate about sustainable land management, expanding protected areas, and fighting climate change to make sure West Virginia’s mountains continue to be graced with snow every winter. Cam currently works for The Nature Conservancy on their global carbon team.