About us


We are working for the recovery of the Wild and Scenic Eel River, its fisheries, and communities. Click here to learn about current projects.


In 1994 a small group of dedicated Eel River enthusiasts came together to intervene in proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This was the start of Friends of the Eel River. Thanks to our founder Nadananda and her team, we are now poised to remove the two dams from the Eel River headwaters. Learn more about Friends of the Eel River’s history here.

We continue fierce advocacy for the recovery of our Wild & Scenic Eel River, her fisheries, and communities.


Stephanie Tidwell
Executive Director, stephanie(at)eelriver.org
Stephanie joined FOER in 2017 and will be administering the grant and engaging with decision-makers and the media on the organization’s behalf. Previously, she was the Development Director at Amazon Watch (2015-2017) and the Executive Director at the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (2004-2013). Stephanie has an M.A. in Communications and Environmental Policy from the University of Colorado.

Scott Greacen
Conservation Director, scott(at)eelriver.org
Scott Greacen joined Friends of the Eel River as our North Coast Director in 2010. He served as FOER’s Executive Director from 2012 to 2017. Scott worked at EPIC (the Environmental Protection Information Center) from 2003 to 2010, ultimately serving as Executive Director. Mr. Greacen is a member of the California bar and a cum laude graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., the best environmental law program in the U.S. His undergraduate degree is from Reed College, another Portland school with a disproportionate number of alumni active in environmental advocacy.

David Keller
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 as a Petaluma City Council member for four years. David founded the Petaluma River Council and serves as board chair for Sonoma County Conservation Action. He is also a manufacturer of specialized, award-winning woodworking tools since 1976, and for years was a professional furniture maker and carpenter.

Alicia Hamann
Administrative Director, alicia(at)eelriver.org
Alicia Hamann grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent most of her youth exploring the mountains, forests, and rivers of the greater Portland area. Alicia moved to Northern California in 2006, and earned her 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. Alicia has been Administrative Director for Friends of the Eel River since 2013 and is proud to serve as a board member for several local nonprofit organizations including SCRAP Humboldt, Same Old People, and the Northcoast Environmental Center.