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Siskiyou Field Institute Hires Interim Executive Director
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Kathy Mechling
President, Board of Directors
Siskiyou Field Institute
Office: (541) 597-2464
kathy@clearcreekfamily.com
 
February 17, 2015
Siskiyou Field Institute Hires Interim Executive Director
The Siskiyou Field Institute announced today that it has hired Romain Cooper as its Interim Executive Director. Cooper replaces Daniel Newberry, who leaves the Institute after nearly four years as Executive Director to assume the position of Executive Director at the Johnson Creek Watershed Council in Milwaukie, Oregon.
 
“Romain was one of the original SFI instructors, and I have enjoyed many of his classes,” said Kathy Mechling, MD, Board President.  “We could not ask for a more skilled, hard-working and familiar person to be our Interim Executive Director.”
 
 “Although we are very sorry to see Daniel go, he is leaving the organization strong and stable. Our youth education programs increased dramatically under his directorship, so we now anticipate eventually serving a majority of K-8 children in Josephine County.  He was instrumental in bringing SFI a Ropes/ Challenge course, he forged more University field research relationships, and he secured funding for our capital campaign, for which construction will begin next month.”


Cooper brings to SFI decades of natural resources experience.  He has worked extensively as a biological consultant in the federal governmental and non-profit sectors, on bird, botany, and fisheries-related projects.  A resident of the Illinois Valley for more than 40 years, Cooper compiles the annual Illinois Valley Christmas Bird Count.  Cooper has worked in many capacities in the non-profit sector in Southern Oregon, and was a director at the Illinois Valley Soil & Water Conservation District and Watershed Council for 12 years.
 
"I have long supported SFI because I place great importance in natural history education for kids and adults alike and believe that SFI has done a great job in this regard,” Cooper explained. “I'm enthusiastic about helping SFI in the capacity of interim director and, with the help of the board and staff, am confident we can locate a new Director for SFI that will lead the organization successfully into the future."
 
Siskiyou Field Institute offers programs in science and natural history for adults, as well as school and summer camp programs for youth.  Several universities across the United States and Canada conduct biological research projects at SFI’s 850 acre Deer Creek Center in Selma, Oregon.  Nearly 2,000 people per year come to the Institute for educational programs, research, lodging, and special events.

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