Meet Our Staff
Jennifer Byrne is the District Manager of White River NRCD. From 2011-2016, Jennifer worked and volunteered for the USDA-NRCS in over 15 states, comparing targeted conservation efforts and local and regional water quality improvement programs while assisting with conservation planning, rural and urban soil surveys, wetland delineation and restoration, tree plantings and monitoring, and engineering surveys.
Jennifer holds a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, a B.S. in Agriculture Science from Oregon State University, and an A.A.S. in Alternative Energy Technology from Lansing College in Michigan. She now happily resides in Lyme with her young daughter. Her mission at the District is to help make conservation effective, consistent, and accessible to all farmers.
Lisa has been the Conservation Specialist at the District since 2018. She is a licensed forester in Vermont and is on her way to becoming a Master Gardener. Her work experience includes all aspects of forest and watershed management, land conservation projects, easement monitoring and GIS mapping. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master of Forestry from Yale University. Lisa lives in Thetford on a small farm where she can experiment with rotational grazing, nutrient management and how to fix anything with bailing twine.
Amber Reed, Grazing Specialist for the Transition to Grazing Program for Dairy Farmers. I like working with NRCD and other Conservation Partners in VT because I'm excited to help bring water quality improvements that also improve farmer and livestock quality of life. I think that grazing is the ultimate use of solar energy, and it can also be an incredible tool to heal the land and support thriving local economies. I live in Barnet, VT where my husband Chris and I run a medium sized sheep farm along the banks of the CT River with our kids. I have a BA from Bowdoin College in Environmental Studies and Visual Art. I worked as a canoe guide in Canada, an inner city highschool biology teacher in NC, a cheesemaker and herdsman in VT, and a farm manager for a large diversified livestock farm in NH. I was trained for 2 years in Planned Grazing and Holistic Land Management through the Quivira Coalition on a Colorado Ranch and a Dairy. In our spare time at home, we try to fit in some skiing, hiking, and biking in our beautiful VT mountains.