Board of Directors

President, Ann King Smith retired from Redwood National and State Parks where she was responsible for managing archeological sites, historic structures and contemporary Native American sites - she also acted as the liaison between the parks and local Native American tribal governments. Ann served on the executive committee of the local Sierra Club, and was a Arcata Planning Commissioner for a number of years. She spends time at her cabin located in a historic walnut orchard on the Dailey Ranch above the New River in Trinity County. One of her greatest pleasures is sculling on Humboldt Bay.


1st Vice President, Susan Moranda is a Humboldt County native, she was raised on a small, family farm south of Eureka. Susan was active in 4-H and FFA during her school years, raising numerous livestock projects.  She spent many summers helping on her grandparent’s dairy, working in the family garden, and at the local fairs with her calf projects.  Susan attended College of the Redwoods and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She has been a member of Humboldt County Cattlewomen since 1992, served as President in 1999-2000, and is still active on the board, currently serving as Treasurer.  Susan has been with local accounting firm, Hunter, Hunter & Hunt, LLP, since 2006, where she currently manages the bookkeeping department and prepares income tax returns.  In her spare time, she likes home and yard improvement projects, being outdoors, and hanging out with her dogs.


2nd Vice President, Mike Miles is a registered professional forester employed by Humboldt and Mendocino Redwood Companies where he has worked in several roles since 2008 including currently as Forest Manager for Humboldt Redwood’s northern operations.  Mike has worked in forestry and natural resource management, primarily along the north coast, throughout his career and served as a Governor appointee to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection from 2011 to 2018. He was drawn to the NRLT Board by its mission and the energy it puts towards the conservation of local working farms, ranches, forests, restoration, and education.  He is a 1993 UC Santa Cruz graduate with a degree in environmental studies who enjoys spending his free time outdoors with family and friends as well as reading and writing. 

Secretary, Thomas Hjerpe is a attorney at the Law Offices of Hjerpe & Collins LLC with offices in Eureka and Arcata.  He practices Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Social Security Disability. Thomas came to Humboldt County in 1986 to attend Humboldt State University, graduating with a BA in English and a BA in Art. He went to law school at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, returning to Humboldt immediately after. He has been practicing law in our community since 1994. In the late 1990s, Thomas served as a board member with North Coast Advocacy Services in Eureka which ran Senior Legal Services and the Ombudsman program. Since then, Thomas has served as a board member with Consumer Credit Counseling Service in Arcata, including 3 years as President of the Board.

Treasurer, Peter Jermyn was born in rural Pennsylvania and raised in a farming community. During his childhood he watched the conversion of farmland to shopping centers and housing and witnessed the destruction of a way of life in the process. After getting a university education, Peter moved to Humboldt County where he has been developing small businesses ever since. He has been a longtime  member of the Arcata Economic Development Corporation and has served on numerous boards over the decades. Peter believes that a strong agricultural community is a value to all the residents of our region.

Blake Alexandre is the owner and operator of Alexandre Dairy and EcoDairy Organic Farm on 2,500 acres in Del Norte County, California. He is currently a member of the California Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen, Northwest Milk Marketing Association, Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl Association, California Cattlemen's Association, and the Milk Producer Council.


Clare Bugenig was born in Eureka and was raised in Ferndale on a beef and sheep ranch.  He received an AA from College of the Redwoods in Agriculture Business and proceeded to Cal Poly to graduate with a BA in Agriculture Management. His work experience includes working in the Agriculture lending business for Farm Credit and Bank of Loleta from 1979-2002. Clare returned to his family beef business in 1989 and currently runs 200 cows and 200 yearlings. He also manages his family’s timber operation in Blocksburg, where they work on a sustained yield program. His volunteer work includes being on the Humboldt County Fair Board (for 30 years), Humboldt County Cattlemen’s Association Board, Humboldt County Farm Bureau Board, and College of the Redwoods’ Agriculture Advisory Council.

Nancy Diamond has practiced law locally for over 30 years, representing local governments, nonprofits, small businesses and advising in real estate transactions. Her practice in the area of land conservation began in the 1990’s when she started working with the Jacoby Creek Land Trust to acquire the Mill Creek site as mitigation for the McKinleyville shopping center development (now, Chah Gah Cho, held by the McKinleyville Land Trust). In the early 2000’s, she helped the NorthCoast Regional Land Trust lay the ground work for its McNamara and Freshwater Farms acquisitions. She studied biology at UC Berkeley, and obtained a Master’s of Science in Fisheries Biology from HSU before studying law. She holds certificates in Ocean and Coastal Law and Environmental Law from the University of Oregon where she obtained her law degree. She and her husband live in Westhaven and enjoy being outdoors as much as possible whether hiking, beach strolling, paddling, or gardening.​


Greg Blomstrom is a founding member and senior associate of Baldwin, Blomstrom, Wilkinson & Associates. He has 30 years experience in the practice of forestry. Greg has been involved in forest inventory, forest management planning, environmental document preparation, timber sale layout and timber sale administration. He has published articles on forest planning in the Journal of Forestry and Evergreen and is the recipient of the Northwest Regional Award for excellence in Indian Forestry awarded by the Intertribal Timber Council. Greg has extensive experience in writing environmental documents including acting as the main author of the "Weaverville Community Fuel Reduction PTEIR."


Pete Jackson is a licensed land surveyor and a professional forester and has been employed by Green Diamond Resource Company (formerly Simpson Timber Co.) for the last 17 years where his most recent role is that of Log Sales and Marketing Manager.  Pete also serves on the Blue Lake Fire Protection District Board of Directors, the Mountain Western Log Scaling and Grading Bureau Board of Directors, and for the last three years has administered the high school Future Farmers of America (FFA) forestry contest at the Redwood Region Logging Conference.  Pete graduated from HSU with a BS in Forestry and achieved the American FFA Degree in 1995.  He is the 5th generation of his family to call Humboldt County home and grew up on his family’s ranch just east of Blue Lake which focused on timber, cattle, and now horse boarding.  Pete is married and has three children.


Erin Kelly is an associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources at Humboldt State University, teaching forestry administration, policy, and economics. She is also a registered professional forester. She grew up in The Dalles, Oregon, graduated with a psychology degree from Whitman College, and lived and worked abroad before deciding to pursue forestry as a graduate student at Oregon State University. After graduation, she held a research position at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. She moved to Humboldt County in 2012, where she has discovered the joys of bicycling long distances on back roads through redwood forests and oak woodlands. She hopes to help protect the open space and working landscapes that thrive behind the redwood curtain. 


Robert Vogt currently works for the Humboldt County Public Works Department as a Senior Environmental Analyst, where he is involved in several projects: the Eel River Basin groundwater Working Group, the Elk River Stewardship program, and the establishment of McKay Community Forest. He has years of local experience working for resource based companies, and with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in Montana (1987-1990). Robert has a B.S. degree in Environmental Resources Engineering (1994) and B.S. degree in Range Management (1987), both from Humboldt State University. Robert lives in McKinleyville with his wife and their three children. As an active parent he has been involved with Boy Scouts, 4-H, HBHC Horse Shows, and sports teams involving soccer, basketball, golf, and football.


Mike Wallace is a retired fish biologist from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife where for the last 15 years he studied juvenile salmonids in the tidal portion of Humboldt Bay tributaries.  He was lucky enough to work with a wide variety of groups and individuals to design and monitor habitat restoration projects to improve rearing areas for juvenile Coho salmon, steelhead, tidewater goby, and many other fish and aquatic species.  Mike moved to Humboldt County in 1976 to attend Humboldt State University and earned a BS in Fisheries in 1982.  Mike has kept busy since retirement by volunteering for a number of local non-profit organizations including being out-smarted by 2nd graders while working with the Early Childhood Literacy Program.  Mike likes to take advantage of the beauty of Humboldt County by hiking, kayaking, fishing, and birding.