Passing the Torch to a New Generation of Leadership

Dear Friends of the Eel River community members,

It is with both pride and a little sadness that I announce that I am passing the Friends of the Eel River leadership torch on. The past two years have instilled a deep love of the Eel River in my heart, as we worked together to take on the North Coast Railroad Authority’s crumbling rail line, forge a more ecologically appropriate cannabis industry, and tear down those dams. The opportunities for restoring the Eel River and its fisheries are significant – and growing every day – thanks to a dedicated community of advocates and supporters.

Friends of the Eel River plays a critical role in these efforts, and that will not change with my departure. Alicia Hamman, who has been the organization’s Administrative Director for the past six years, is stepping up to helm the organization, and I couldn’t be happier about that. She is truly the glue that holds this place together. Scott Greacen and David Keller will continue to lead program work, and the Board of Directors will continue to assure FOER’s ability to achieve its mission. Thus, the river will remain in good hands.

FOER Staff Stephanie and Alicia
Stephanie Tidwell and Alicia Hamann

I am grateful for the opportunity to work in service to such a special place, but the siren’s call of our climate and biodiversity crises is pulling me elsewhere, and this will be my last month with FOER. I remain a strong supporter of the organization’s work, and I hope you will, too.




Stephanie Tidwell