Devin Best, Executive Director 

(805)434-0396 ext. 3196

Devin has a degree in Ethnobotany from Humboldt State University. He started his career working in the Americorps Watershed Stewards Project in Northern California.  Following his time in Northern California, he moved back to San Luis Obispo County and worked for the California Conservation Corps as a GIS Supervisor and then for the California Department of Fish Wildlife as an Environmental Specialist.  He continued to build upon his experience in natural resource management and biological population monitoring and modeling in the Pacific Northwest, as well as developing his skills in watershed restoration, permit coordination, and non-profit leadership.  Devin is a strong advocate for community stewardship, collaboration, and ecological restoration.


Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson, Project Manager

(805)434-0396 ext. 3175

Andy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Management in 2009. An interest in plant pathology led to a senior project with a focus on the proliferation of Sudden Oak Death in southern Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. After graduating he initially worked as a contract Utility Forester and Arborist for PG&E. During this time he also completed several timber cruises in northern California for Green Diamond Resource Company. After a couple of years, he and his wife moved to Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia to work as trail guides in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Two years abroad, volunteering on organic farms and ranches, led Andy back to San Luis Obispo and a place to call home. Before his employment with the US-LTRCD He was employed as the Integrated Training Area Management component manager at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County for over three years, working to improve the quality of the training lands for US soldiers and our allies. His unique experience and world view fits well with the US-LT RCD. He spends most of his free time surfing and climbing with his wife and friends, or thinking about the next chance to do either.

Erin WhiteErin White, Assistant Executive Director
(805)434-0396 ext 3191

Erin is a UCLA graduate with a degree in Political Science. She began her career on the Central Coast in AmeriCorps, where she developed skills in nonprofit development working with over twenty San Luis Obispo County  organizations.  She continued her career as an Administrative and Development Officer with a local nonprofit, specializing in grant writing, volunteer management, database management and donor relations.  Her passion for nonprofit development and public policy make her a valuable addition to the US-LTRCD team.



Audrey portraitAudrey Weichert, Certified Wildlife Biologist®  

Conservation Biologist

(805)434-0396 ext. 3185

Audrey graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2007 with a degree in Environmental Management and Protection with minors in Biology and Land Rehabilitation. She began her career as a Biologist with a local environmental consulting firm in Paso Robles where her primary responsibilities included conducting wildlife and botanical surveys, habitat assessments, preparing biological resource documents, and managing various regulatory permitting projects in the region. Audrey also volunteers at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History as their docent Curator of Mammals and occasionally leads birding field trips for the Morro Coast Audubon Society with her husband. She has lived on the Central Coast for over 30 years.



philipPhilip LaFollette, Restoration Specialist

Philip is working with us as a consultant and specialist on implementing our Habitat Enhancement projects. He recently retired from 33 years of service with the California Conservation Corps.  While with the CCC he held numerous positions including Crew Supervisor, Project Coordinator, Conservationist Supervisor, Corps Member Development Coordinator and Backcountry Trails Program Director. Philip spent over 12 yeas working in Del Norte and Humboldt County on some of the first Salmon Enhancement Projects implemented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Returning to the Central Coast, he worked with local community stakeholders in implementing some of the first Habitat Enhancement projects in San Luis Obispo County. These included projects in the Chorro Creek, Los Osos Creek, Toro Creek, Santa Rosa Creek, and the Salinas River Watersheds.  As a Cal Poly Graduate and resident of San Luis Obispo County for over 30 years he brings a broad understanding of our local streams and wants to continue to assist in projects that benefit all of our stakeholders. He is the recipient of the Salmonid Restoration Federation’s (SRF) Restorationist of the Year Award as well as their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a strong advocate of the Watershed Stewards Americorps Program.

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Sal Zaragoza

AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program Member

Sal graduated from Humboldt State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science emphasized in Ecological Restoration. During his time in college he gained experience as a field naturalist, educating students from elementary classrooms in botany, wildlife, ecology, and history of indigenous tribes of California. He also gained hands-on experience implementing vegetation management, and soil management projects as a groundskeeper at Humboldt State University. His interest in hands-on land stewardship has driven him to seek opportunities to develop his skillset for working with the land. Currently, Sal is a member of the Watershed Stewards Program serving under the mentorship of the US-LTRCD.


IMG_3483 (1)David Lopez-Portillo

AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program Member

David graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection and a Minor in Water Science. He originally majored in Forestry and Natural Resources, concentrating in Fire and Fuels Management. Before switching his major, David trained to be on a fire crew and obtained a number of Wildland Firefighting certifications. David has worked for a consulting firm surveying for the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard. His fascination with fresh water streams and wildlife has driven him to pursue career opportunities that involve working outdoors. David is a bird watching enthusiast and loves to hike. He is currently a Watershed Stewards Program Member serving under the mentorship of the US-LT RCD.