Eagle River Watershed Council has announced that Brooke Ranney is its new projects and events coordinator.
Ranney has lived in the Eagle Valley for four years. She previously managed the photography program for Vail Resorts and helped them to expand the program to Canyons in Utah. Originally from Tennessee, Ranney raft guided on the Arkansas River as well as several rivers on the East Coast over the course of nine years.
Through her travels to places such as Brazil, Ecuador and Tanzania, Ranney has learned a great deal about people and their connections to rivers. She is excited to carry that passion and knowledge into her position with the Watershed Council.
“Brooke was selected for the position, not only because of her strength in project management, but also because of her clear enthusiasm for and love of rivers. It is infectious,” said Holly Loff, Eagle River Watershed Council’s executive director. “We are confident that Brooke will be a great asset to our restoration projects. Her outgoing and enthusiastic personality will also help connect people to our streams and rivers as they participate in activities that restore and protect this critical resource.”
Ranney joins Loff as well as Kate Burchenal, who serves as the Watershed Council’s education and outreach coordinator, and Meg Blankenship, the habitat restoration intern hired to organize volunteer groups and facilitate a number of summer projects. The projects and events coordinator position was previously held by Doug Serrill, who will be enrolling at the Conway School of Landscape Design in Massachusetts this fall.
Eagle River Watershed Council encourages the community to join Ranney and Blankenship for volunteer days at the Edwards Restoration Site every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Projects at the site include noxious weed removal and native tree planting. No experience necessary; this is a great opportunity for families, friends and business groups.
This article ran in the Vail Daily on August 8, 2015.