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Kreimes accepts post as Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board executive director.

After a lengthy search process, the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB)-hired Melody Kreimes as its new executive director.'

She has been serving as the interim director since Derek Van Marter's departure in February.

For the past three years, Kreimes was the UCSRB's Forest Health Program manager, facilitating the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative, which is working to accelerate aquatic and terrestrial restoration on US Forest Service-managed lands in the Upper Columbia. For the two decades prior to this, she maintained a private practice as an environmental mediator and facilitator.

Some of her most challenging cases included a 10-year joint private, state and federal restoration effort of the largest underground petroleum contamination in the country --Guadalupe Oil Field --where an estimated 20 million gallons leaked underneath 3,000 acres of coastal dune habitat for 57 rare, threatened and endangered species. She also facilitated the collaborative assessment of marine impacts from Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant after a $14 million settlement was reached regarding state and federal claims that information on impacts had been previously withheld.

Kreimes holds bachelor's and master's degrees in natural resource sciences, with her graduate work focused on environmental dispute resolution and collaboration. She lives in Leavenworth.

The UCSRB expects to fill Kreimes' previous position soon.

The UCSRB collaborates with partners, project sponsors and funders on salmon recovery and forest health issues in the region.

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Title Annotation:Keeping up with People; Melody Kreimes; Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Jun 1, 2016
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