The Sacramento River Preservation Trust is led by our Executive Director, Lucas RossMerz, with the support of our staff, Board of Directors, partner organizations, members and volunteers.
Lucas is charged with implementing projects and programs that accomplish the fiscal and organizational goals our Board of Directors establish annually.
Having earned a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection with a concentration in Water Policy and Hydrology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, in 2010, and been raised on and along the banks of the Sacramento River, Lucas is a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for the natural values of California’s largest river. Lucas is a certified white water rafting guide, a fisherman and hunter, 2015 Water Education Foundation Water Leader Alumni, Aldo Leopold Foundation Land Ethic Leader, a Sustainability Task Force Commissioner for the City of Chico, and a member of the steering committee for Outdoor Education For All (OEFA) – a group dedicated to advocating next generation science standard and common core curriculum into k-12 classroom experiences throughout the North State. Lucas travels throughout the state to promote our mission and educate professional groups, citizens, and partner organizations about the importance of our work. Lucas’ knowledge of natural environs of California, water policy, the political process of California, and the California Environmental Quality Act project review procedures have helped us increase our impact in local, regional and statewide projects and solutions.
Photo left: Lucas RossMerz posing at the Sycamore Boat Launch facility in Red Bluff for an article in Enjoy Magazine promoting our Paddle California event.
Amber was born in 1992 and raised here in Chico, CA. She successfully graduated Chico Senior High School with honors from WEST, a leadership program. She moved on to Butte College where she earned her AA degree in Communications, then moved on to Chico State where she was working on her BA. She took time off and had her son Avery in 2013, before coming to the Sac River Trust to intern in September 2016.
Here at the Sacramento River Preservation Trust Amber is our Office Manager. She provides clerical support to all who come into the office. Among her tasks are maintaining the website, office, and important files, assisting with mailings, communicating with donors, and writing event updates and reports.
Photo right: Amber Harrelson helping save the Sacramento River at our Chico office.
Dr. Diana Jacobs, Chair
John Seid, Vice Chair
Lloyd Romine, Secretary
Kyle Peirson, Treasurer
Photo right: Dr. Diana Jacobs in her natural river environment on one of her many annual fly fishing trips around the world.