Friends of the Eel River works for the recovery of the Wild and Scenic Eel River, its fisheries, and communities.
In 1994 a small group of dedicated Eel River enthusiasts came together to advocate for the river and its fish. Our first action was to intervene in proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This was the start of Friends of the Eel River and our journey to save the Eel River’s struggling salmon and steelhead.
This is truly a critical time for the Eel River. We have the opportunity to remove the two dams and out of basin diversion on the upper mainstem Eel. And we have some truly remarkable native fish populations with potential for recovery. Despite the stressors and uncertainties of climate change, scientists generally agree that the Eel River holds perhaps the West’s greatest promise for salmonid recovery.
At Friends of the Eel River we are working to protect and recover the Wild and Scenic Eel River, its fisheries, and communities. To achieve this objective, we must approach our work with systemic equity. Because diversity is a core value for our organization, we strive to make our work inclusive by addressing the roots of white supremacy culture. This involves promoting diverse perspectives, fostering an inclusive environment among our leadership team, and increasing equity in activism by improving access to resources and information.
Conservation Director, scott(at)eelriver.org
Scott Greacen joined Friends of the Eel River as our North Coast Director in 2010 and served as Executive Director from 2012 to 2017. He worked at EPIC (the Environmental Protection Information Center) from 2003 to 2010, ultimately serving as Executive Director. Scott is a member of the California bar and a cum laude graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR. His undergraduate degree is from Reed College, another Portland school with a disproportionate number of alumni active in environmental advocacy.
Executive Director, alicia(at)eelriver.org
Alicia Hamann grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She was fortunate to spend her youth exploring the mountains, forests, and rivers of the greater Portland area. Alicia moved to California in 2006 and earned a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Business Administration from Humboldt State University. She was drawn to Humboldt County by the vast wilderness and unique communities. After serving as Administrative Director for Friends of the Eel River from 2013 – 2019 Alicia now serves as Executive Director. She is proud to serve as a board member for several local nonprofit organizations including The Same Old People and the Northcoast Environmental Center.
Administrative Manager, jen(at)eelriver.org
Jen Hildreth grew up in East Central Mississippi and moved to the West Coast after Hurricane Katrina uprooted her life. As a result, Jen traveled the U.S., eventually stopping in Humboldt County and falling in love with the iconic redwoods. Her experience led her to pursue a life dedicated to environmental advocacy. She graduated with honors in 2019 from Humboldt State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science concentrating in Ecological Restoration. She has a passion for ecology, outreach and interpretation, environmental protection, and challenging settler colonialism. Jen started as a volunteer with FOER in 2019 and was hired as Administrative Manager in 2021. Jen volunteers her time locally, helping to remove ivy, maintaining gardens, and facilitating a writers’ group.
Bay Area Director, dkeller(at)eelriver.org
David has over 35 years experience in successful strategic planning, policy development and implementation within complex political and social settings. His work has involved water, watershed and public trust resources, land use and infill development, the protection and restoration of watersheds and fisheries, water and waste water privatization, flood management, beach restoration, and water and energy efficiency. He holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology, cum laude, from the City College of New York, and did his graduate studies in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.
David joined Friends of the Eel River as Bay Area Director in 2002 after serving on the Petaluma City Council. David founded the Petaluma River Council and serves as board chair for Sonoma County Conservation Action.