karen hardigg, DIRECTOR

Karen has served as Director of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition since 2015. Before joining Wallowa Resources, she spent nearly eight years working in Southeast Alaska on community forestry, forest stewardship, restoration and policy both at The Wilderness Society and The Nature Conservancy. She holds a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A Portland native, Karen is passionate about the outdoors and finding solutions to challenging natural resource management problems.

Contact: karen-at-wallowaresources.org, (541) 426-8053 x 24

TYSON BERTONe-RIGGS, Program Manager

Tyson grew up in Western Oregon and earned a dual B.A. in geography and political science from the University of Oregon in 2004. After graduation he moved to Washington DC to work as an intern, and later press assistant, for a US Senator. Although a rewarding experience, the landscapes of the West called him back, resulting in almost a decade of work in natural resources across the West. Desiring a return home to Oregon and re-engagement with policy, Tyson earned a Master's degree from Oregon State University in 2016 with a focus on federal land management policy and social science. He has since worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry in the new Federal Forest Restoration Program, utilizing new authorities and working with forest collaboratives in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Contact: tyson-at-wallowaresources.org, (541) 426-8053 x 49

Sally Bernstein, Program Associate

Sally joined the RVCC team after spending two years with Sustainable Northwest. She moved to Portland in 2010 from Boston to attend Lewis & Clark College, where she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies. After graduation, she worked as a baker and spent her free time rock climbing and hiking with her dog, Ziggy. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy & Management, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning at Portland State University. Her graduate studies focus on environmental planning and policy in the West.

Contact: rvcc@wallowaresources.org


Laren is nearing completion of her Master's degree from Colorado State University to inform her interest in public lands governance and environmental regulatory compliance. Her thesis work is two-pronged and includes a true-cost study of three Colorado wildfires, as well as an evaluation of the collaborative, restoration focused Joint Chiefs program, an authority of the US Forest Service. During her graduate program Laren served as co-lead of the Forest and Public lands Committee of CSU's Environmental Policy Awareness Coalition. Previously, Laren worked with the Colorado State Forest Service, updating the Forest Action Plan, and advising the Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program. Laren received her B.A. in Journalism and Environmental Affairs from CSU while reporting for the Rocky Mountain Collegian, covering natural resource issues and emerging energy policy.

Contact: larencyphers-at-gmail.com, (970) 623-1065