A Voice for the Sacramento River System Since 1984

Staff & Board

Lucas RossMerz

Executive Director

The Sacramento River Preservation Trust is led by our Executive Director, Lucas RossMerz, with the support of our 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 have established.

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 also a certified white water rafting guide, 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.



Photo left: Lucas RossMerz walking the along the Sacramento River during a site survey.

Alicia Griffin

Project Manager

Alicia was born and raised in the Bay area and moved to Butte County in 1994. She fell in love with the local rivers and creeks and decided to stay to raise her three children. Now that her children are school age, she started an internship here at the Sacramento River Preservation Trust.

Here at the Sac river Trust Alicia is our Project Manager. She executes everyday office tasks, and will always be found along side our fearless leader Lucas at all of our fundraisers, clean-ups, and events.




Photo right: Alicia Griffin prepared for her first day of work at the Sac River Trust.

Amber Harrelson

Office Manager

Amber Harrelson, 2016 Office Administration Intern

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 showing her support for the Sac River Trust. 

Sacramento Preservation Trust Leadership

The Sacramento River Preservation Trust is led by Lucas RossMerz with the support of it’s Board of Directors, members and volunteers.

Executive Director Lucas RossMerz

Charged with implementing projects and programs that accomplish the fiscal and organizational goals our Board of Directors have established.

Board of Directors

Diana Jacobs, Chair

Debbie Chakarun

Chris Davidson

Scott Ferris

Eric Ginney, Vice Chair

Angela Kraemer, Secretary

Kathryn Hood-Carter

Tom Kraemer

John Merz, Treasurer

Kyle Peterson

John Seid


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