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TRT Welcomes New Executive Director, Patrick Koepele

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The Tuolumne River Trust is pleased to announce that Patrick Koepele of Sonora has been named Executive Director. Koepele has been with the Trust for over a decade and will now take the lead in efforts to revive the Tuolumne River and promote stewardship of this precious resource.

“The next few years will be critical for the long-term health of the Tuolumne River and the communities it serves, from the Sierra through the Central Valley to San Francisco and the Bay,” said the Trust’s Board Chair, John Nimmons. “The Board is delighted to announce that Patrick will lead us through this important time. He’s done an outstanding job in his years with the Trust, and has earned the admiration, respect and affection of its many constituents. He’s consistently demonstrated success, commitment, and the vision we need to guide the organization going forward, and we are excited that he’ll be taking the reins of the Tuolumne River Trust.”

Koepele is a seasoned veteran when it comes to river management and restoration and is thrilled to lead the organization. He has been instrumental in many of the Trust’s past successes including the acquisition of Dos Rios Ranch, 1,600 acres of floodplain to be restored at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers; expanding the Trust’s outreach to include underserved riverside communities; and response to the Rim Fire last fall.

“The river is threatened on many fronts, from the drought and climate change, to the Rim Fire, to trash, pollution, and other abuses. The river provides so many benefits, including parks for people, vital habitat for wildlife and fish, drinking water for the Bay Area, and irrigation water for Stanislaus County. Our community deserves a healthy river to provide places for people to enjoy nature with their families and I look forward to moving this vision forward.”

Koepele served as Tuolumne River Trust’s Central Valley Program Director from 2000 to early 2008 when he took on the role of Deputy Executive Director. He has served as Acting Executive Director since late 2013 when Eric Wesselman announced his resignation to become Executive Director of another river group. Prior to joining the Trust, Koepele was a Water Resources and Restoration Planner is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he acquired in-depth knowledge of restoration issues and activities throughout California.

He holds a Masters of Science in Geology from the University of California at Davis and a Bachelor’s in Geology from Colgate University.

Please join the Tuolumne River Trust is extending congratulations to Patrick Koepele and stay tuned for “Meet the Executive Director” receptions this spring.