Our Advisory Board
Terry Davis – Mother Lode Chapter, Sierra Club
Terry Davis has been active in forest management issues for over 20 years. He is the Director of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club, which extends from Yosemite National Park in California to the Oregon border. Terry has been the lead negotiator for the Sierra Club in four settlement agreements, and he has participated in successful collaborative stakeholder processes including the California State Parks OHV Stakeholder Task Force, the Sacramento Region Water Forum, and the Biological Working Group for Placer County’s HCP/NCCP. In his community Terry serves as an appointed member of the Greater Auburn Area Firesafe Council.
Pamela Flick – Defenders of Wildlife
Pamela Flick has more than fifteen years of experience working for environmental conservation organizations. She currently serves as the California Program Coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife. Before joining Defenders, she worked as Communications Coordinator and Administrative Director for the California Wild Heritage Campaign, Administrative Director of the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign, and in Friends of the River’s rafting program and membership department. Pam currently serves as an advisory board member of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network and the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area campaign. She is a member of the Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Working Group, the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Alumni Advisory Group, and the Western Section of The Wildlife Society and its conservation affairs committee. Pam earned a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biological Sciences from California State University, Sacramento. She is originally from Mariposa, California.
Bob Kelso – Sierra Nevada Alliance
Bob Kelso is a business owner and entrepreneur who has started four separate businesses. He is co-founder of the Mountain Alliance in Calaveras County. Mountain Alliance stopped the Northern California Power Association from building additional dams on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River and worked on planning issues in the Ebbetts Pass/Highway 4 corridor. He was the committee chair for the Avery/Hathaway Pines Community Plan, and spent six years working with the Calaveras county planning department crafting the first community plan for this part of Highway 4. He is a past board member and current advisory board member of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, and has served on the boards of the Central Sierra Watershed Coalition, and the Lafayette Arts and Science Foundation. He has recently worked with the Stanislaus National Forest on OHV issues and the latest Travel Management Plan as a member of the Stakeholders Group, representing home owners. Bob earned a degree in Conservation and Natural Resources from UC Berkeley.
Charles Little – Sierra Club
Charles Little co-founded the Clavey River Ecosystem Project and spent many years guiding the project as a steering committee member and then member of the Clavey Watershed Council. He began working on forest issues in the 1980s as a member and then Chair of the Ancient Forest Subcommittee of the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. There he worked for protection of the old growth Headwaters redwood forests, then on the Northwest Forest Plan, and more recently has concentrated on Sierra Nevada forest issues. Charles was a member of the California Ancient Forest Alliance which preceded Sierra Forest Legacy, and served on the Steering Committee of the California Wild Heritage Campaign. He was Sierra Conservation Chair of the Sierra Club from 1994-1996. From 1996 to 2002 he was the Sierra Nevada Program Director for the Tuolumne River Trust. He has been a Steering Committee member for Legacy for the past nine years.
Barbara Rivenes – Forest Issues Group
Barbara Rivenes serves as Project Chair of the Nevada County Fire Safe Council proposing and vetting various fuel reduction projects in accordance with SFL guidelines. She helps guide the Nevada County CWPP process and articulates the Fire Wise Community protection. Barbara is also the Board Chair of the Forest Issues Group (FIG), Conservation Chair of the Sierra Nevada Group of the Sierra Club, and Ex-com member of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Don Rivenes – Sierra Foothills Audubon Society
Don Rivenes is the Secretary/Treasurer and Acting Executive Director of the Forest Issues Group (FIG). FIG is a group located in Nevada County that acts as a watchdog of Forest Service activities in the Tahoe National Forest and cooperates with Sierra Forest Legacy on projects directly affecting the Sierra Nevada Framework. Don also serves as Treasurer and Conservation Chair of Sierra Foothills Audubon Society representing Placer, Nevada and Yuba counties in land use concerns and forest projects. He also is Chair of the Yuba River Wildlands Campaign working for Nevada County wilderness and Wild and Scenic rivers for the Wilderness bill authored by Senator Barbara Boxer.
Dan Smuts -- The Wilderness Society
Dan Smuts is the Regional Director - California & Nevada, for The Wilderness Society. He has been with The Wilderness Society’s California/Nevada Regional Office since 2000. Prior to joining TWS, he worked as a public lands advocate and Political Action Committee staff with Sierra Club in Washington, DC for four years and then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where he lobbied the Utah state government for Sierra Club and served as Communications Director for the national BLM Wilderness Campaign. Dan earned a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He was also a Center for Social Innovation Fellow at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.