Our Staff

Steven Chappell
Executive Director
P: (707) 425-9302
F: (707) 425-4402

C: (707) 631-8634

E: SChappell@SuisunRCD.org

Education: Bachelor of Science, Biological Science, Minor in Chemistry, and a Concentration in Zoology, 1993

Experience:

Participation in numerous Suisun Marsh planning and regulatory programs including the U.S. Army Corp's of Engineers Regional General Permit renewal and administration, the Baylands Ecosystem Goals Project, the Suisun Ecological Workshop, and Suisun Marsh Environmental Coordination Advisory Team. A negotiator of the Suisun Marsh Preservation Agreement, a participant in the development of the Suisun Marsh Charter, and is an agency principal in the preparation of the Management, Preservation, and Restoration Plan for the Suisun Marsh. Mr. Chappell has worked in the Suisun Marsh since March of 1994 as a field technician for the California Waterfowl Association to conduct breeding waterfowl survey and banding of local waterfowl. In the fall of 1994 he began working for the SRCD as a Biologist conducting field studies and habitat management, soon advancing to District biologist. In 1998 he was promoted to Executive Director.

Bruce Wickland
Operations Manager
P: (707) 425-9302
F: (707) 425-4402

C: (707) 631-8636
E: BWickland@SuisunRCD.org

Education: Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, 1978

Experience:

Prior to being hired by the SRCD in 1998, Mr. Wickland worked for over seven years for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (including three years in the Suisun Marsh). While employed by Ducks Unlimited, Mr. Wickland acted as the Regional Director of North Central California for six years and was a Science Technician for the United States Geological Survey.


Kelli Perez
Office Supervisor
P: (707) 425-9302
F: (707) 425-4402
E: KPerez@SuisunRCD.org

Experience:

An employee since July 2001, hired originally as the District Secretary and Secretary to the Board of Director's, in addition to those roles, she also works in the following capacities.: District Bookkeeper, Human Resources, Computer Technician, and Insurance Administrator.  Ms. Perez also lives in the Marsh and has hands on experience in many different aspects of duck club management.

 

Tim Edmunds
Water Manager/Biologist
P: (707) 426-2431 ext. 302
F: (707) 426-5872

C: (707) 639-6689

E: TEdmunds@SuisunRCD.org

Education: Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, 2002

Experience:

Worked for the California Department of Fish & Game (CDFG) under the Resource Assessment Program (RAP), verifying California Wildlife Habitat Relationships in the southern Cascade mountain range. In 2004 started working out of the Los Banos Wildlife Area under the RAP, inventorying mammal populations and vegetation communities on Department of Fish & Game lands in the Los Banos area and southern San Joaquin valley. In 2005 started working as a Scientific Aid for the CDFG at the Los Banos Wildlife Area, working on riparian restoration, wood duck boxes, habitat management, and water management. In 2006 worked on a grad project, looking at water quality and swamp timothy production.


Jeff Taylor
Water Manager/Biologist
P: (707) 426-2431 ext. 301
F: (707) 426-5872

C: (707) 639-6690

E: JTaylor@SuisunRCD.org

Education: Bachelor of Science, Biology, California State University Monterey Bay, 2009.

Experience:

Scientific Aid for the Department of Fish and Game at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, conducting waterfowl/pheasant brood surveys, elk population surveys, hands on habitat management general maintenance. Part-time employee with California Waterfowl Association, working with landowners developing and following up on habitat improvement projects before starting with SRCD in October 2009.

 

Steve Witherspoon
Lower Joice Island Resident Caretaker
C: (707) 631-6476
F: (707) 425-4402
E: SWitherspoon@SuisunRCD.org

 

Education: High School Certificate of Completion, Cooking and Food Preparation Certificate of Completion, and Forest Conservation and Fire Fighting Certificate of Completion from California Conservation Corps.

Experience:

Mr. Witherspoon grew up on a dairy in Tulare, CA.  Most of his family was in the dairy or farming business.  He has been a carpenter for 25 years, a cabinet maker, aircraft maintenance person, landscaper, and cell tower installer (climber).  He has traveled the US extensively and volunteered in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

 

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About the SRCD

In 1977, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1717, the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act. This Legislation added provisions to the Public Resource Codes related to SRCD's responsibilities over water management practices on privately owned lands within the Suisun Marsh.

The Suisun Resource Conservation District (SRCD) Mission Statement: The SRCD is a Special District of the State of California, which represents private landowners in the Suisun Marsh on a variety of issues at Federal, State, and local levels. Historically, the goals of SRCD are to achieve water supply of adequate quality to promote preferred waterfowl habitat and retain wetland resource values through appropriate management practices.

Today the District provides the landowners technical assistance in permitting, water control, and habitat management to ensure the wetland and wildlife values of the Suisun Marsh are sustained and enhanced.

The Suisun Resource Conservation District covers over 115,000 acres which includes:

52,000 acres of managed wetlands, 6,300 acres of unmanaged tidal wetlands, 30,000 acres of bays and sloughs, and 27,000 acres of upland grasslands.

Marsh Facts

The only North American dabbler or diver that also breeds in South America is the cinnamon teal.



The oldest known duck to be taken by a hunter was a canvasback harvested at the ripe old age of 29.