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Danny Ruiz – Acequia Program

Mr. Ruiz is the Lead Designer/Inspector for the Taos SWCD Acerquia Program. He lives in Taos with his wife Lorraine and for the past 20 years he has been an active member of the Taos Volunteer Fire Department.  Originally from Las Cruces, Danny moved to Taos in 1976 and began working for the Soil Conservation Service.  He is now retired after 26 years of service with the USDA-NRCS Taos field office.
David Jacobs – Water Program

Mr. Jacobs is Taos SWCD’s Watershed and Water Quality consultant.  David is a geologist with over 35 years of experience in industry and academia.  He received a B.A. and M.A. in geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph. D. in geology from the University of Utah.  He has been involved in mineral, geothermal, and petroleum research and exploration, as well as environmental research and assessment.  Most of this work was done while employed as a geologist with Geodata Systems, Inc., Comino American, Conoco Inc., Unocal Corp., Molycorp, Inc., and Chevron Corp.  He also taught undergratuate geology courses for seven years at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, and at California State University, Fullerton.  After retiring in 2010 as a senior geologist at Chevron Mining Company’s Questa mine, he has consulted part-time for various mining companies, government agencies, and private individuals, and most recently has been involved in groundwater-related studies in Taos County.
Ernie Lopez – Conservation Education

Mr. Lopez is a graduate of NM State University with degrees in Biology/Chemistry and he resides in Talpa with his wife Santana and their three children.  He is retired from the Taos Municipal Schools where he taught Science for 34 years. In 1990 he received a Presidential Citation for Excellence in Science Teaching. Additionally, Ernie served on the Advisory Council for the National Science Teacher Association for 6 yrs.  In 1999, Ernie Lopez was selected International Science Fair Teacher of the Year.
Kurt Swearingen – Fire Prevention

Mr. Swearingen is owner of Jefferson Natural Resources and has been the Forestry consultant for Taos SWCD since 2003.

He is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters. Mr. Swearingen has experience in Forest Management Planning and has participated in various field studies. His list of published articles is extensive and his work has appeared in the Journal of American Forestry.

Kurt advocates a sustainable approach to forest management.

Max Martinez – Wildlife Services

Mr. Martinez has worked in wildlife management for over 20 years. He resides in Llano Quemado with his wife Charlotte and is a full time cattle rancher.

He is a graduate of NM State University with a B.S. in Agriculture and Wildlife Science. Mr. Martinez was the County Extension Agent in Rio Arriba County for 7 years. He currently is a Wildlife Biologist for USDA Wildlife Services.

Max is a professional Elk Guide and serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association.

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Taos Valley Acequia Association