Meet the Staff
Plumas Corporation has served as the fiscal agent for the Plumas County Fire Safe Council (PCFSC) since 2002. All project contracting and staff support for PCFSC work is provided through Plumas Corporation.
Rachel Wehrman, Program Director
Rachel joined the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in June 2022. She has a background in forestry & land management and has become increasingly interested in hazardous fuels reduction after witnessing several wildfires occur in the county she grew up in. Rachel received her Bachelors of Science from California Polytechnic State University with a double major in Forestry & Natural Resources and Agricultural & Environmental Plant Science. Previous to joining the PCFSC, Rachel has worked as a staff forester in the private timber industry. She also has experience working for a non-profit organization that partnered with the Plumas National Forest. Rachel is grateful to be with PCFSC and is excited to help lead the effort in reducing losses from wildfire in Plumas County.
Matthew West, Project Manager
Matt was hired by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in April of 2019. Matt received his Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration in ecology from San Francisco State University. Prior to the Fire Safe Council, he worked for the Forest Service for 5 seasons as a Wildlife Biological Technician where he has helped oversee hazardous fuels reductions in over 1800 acres of our forest (including within wildlife Protected Activity Centers, a feat that had rarely been done before). He is also a Captain on Quincy Volunteer Fire Department and has been on several OES calls providing structure protection during wildland fire events. Currently, Matt oversees the preparation, implementation, and inspections of Fire Safe Council hazardous fuels reduction projects on federal lands throughout Plumas County. He also coordinates the Plumas Underburn Cooperative (Plumas County's Prescribed Burn Association).
Katie Quinn, Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project Manager
Katie joined the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in October 2023. Prior to joining the PCFSC, she spent five years working in Timber Management for the Plumas National Forest on the Beckwourth Ranger District. She grew up in Aptos, CA where her love of forests began. She resides in Eastern Plumas County and spends her free time gardening, skiing, & hunting.
Tommy Brenzovich, Mitigation Assistance Program Manager
Tommy joined the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in July 2022. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Safety and Risk Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. Tommy spent twenty years working for the United States Forest Service as a wildland firefighter, the last ten of those years were spent as an Engine Captain on the Plumas National Forest. During this time Tommy was able to see firsthand how the accomplishments of local Fire Safe Councils improved firefighter safety and the survivability of communities while they were threatened by wild fires. He hopes to utilize his experience to continue to enhance the fire safety of the communities in Plumas county by helping to provide education and mitigation assistance to those who want it. This career change allows Tommy more time in the summer to enjoy all the great summertime recreation opportunities Plumas County and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Liam Galleher, County Coordinator
Liam is happy to be here, and has worked for the Plumas County Fire Safe Council since January, 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Management and Forestry from UC Berkeley, and has spent his professional career at the intersection of applied ecology and landowner communications. Before moving to Plumas County, Liam started his career in Washington D.C. in the house of representatives. He then worked for Dodd lab at UC Berkeley, coordinating with landowners in California for coast redwood genetics projects. Liam grew up in Chula Vista, CA, and his free time is often dedicated to his sweet dog or making folk music.
Logan Krahenbuhl, Plumas Underburn Cooperative Coordinator
Logan joined the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in October 2022. He spent 2 years working at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical and Environmental Geography from California State University, Chico. At the BCCER he gained an interest in habitat restoration and fire resilient landscapes achieved through thinning projects and prescribed fire. Logan has worked on wildfires and prescribed fires throughout the west and is excited to both share knowledge and learn about the Northern Sierras. In his free time he enjoys backpacking, sewing, and exploring forest and desert environments.
Darrell Webster, Firewood Processing Project Manager
Darrell joined the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in August 2023, bringing with him a diverse background and deep connection to Plumas County. Darrell has been a Plumas County resident since 1992, giving him intimate familiarity as well as dedication to the wellbeing of its people and places.
Having previously spent a decade honing his skills as a professional cook, Darrell's journey led him to varied roles including managing the Plumas Pines Resort Marina, contributing to the operations at Phos-Chek in Chester Air Base, and acting as a Sawyer at J&C Lumber in Crescent Mills.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Darrell finds solace and joy in exploring the forest, cultivating his garden, and sharing cherished moments with his loving wife and two daughters. His vibrant social circle of friends also occupies a special place in his life.
Gary Parque, Community Chipping Program Coordinator
Gary has managed the PC FSC chipping program since 2017. He has been involved with forestry, firefighting, fuels, and been a wrangler and cook for outfitters, and an artist since 1972.
Amber Hughes, Outreach Coordinator
Amber's passion for her community led her to join the Plumas County Fire Safe Council in October 2023 as the Outreach Coordinator. Amber is deeply rooted in Plumas County, with her family having lived here for five generations. This has instilled in her a strong bond with the community and a dedication to its welfare. Amber is a multifaceted individual who has honed her skills as an Outreach Coordinator at Feather River Food Co-op. When she's not hustling or helping out, Amber likes to be outdoors observing nature. She can also be found getting her kid prepped for college, being a lounge lizard watching her favorite shows, and making epic memories with her friends and family.
Jim Wilcox, Executive Director & Geomorphic Restoration Specialist
Jim Wilcox has 24 years of direct experience in all phases of watershed analysis and geomorphic restoration. He is currently a watershed restoration specialist with Plumas Corporation where he serves as senior geomorphic restoration project manager. Jim is responsible for design specifications and construction supervision. He has been responsible for the implementation and effectiveness monitoring of over 45 restoration projects in the Feather River as well as other Sierra Nevada and Cascade watersheds encompassing more than 51 miles of stream channel and 4,500+ acres of associated riparian areas in a wide variety of channel types and settings. He has been a guest lecturer at numerous short course seminars and co-instructor of the ‘Geomorphic Restoration and Watershed Assessment’ course through San Francisco State University as well as presentations at numerous fisheries, ecological and restoration society conferences. In 2010, Jim received the National Wetlands Award for Conservation and Restoration.
Scott Corey, Administrative Assistant and Grant Administrator