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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.
Max martinez – Wildlife Services

Mr. Martinez has worked in wildlife management for over 20 years.  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.

He is a full time cattle rancher and professional elk hunting guide. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association.

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. In 1999, Ernie Lopez was selected International Science Fair Teacher of the Year.  Additionally, Mr. Lopez served on the Advisory Council for the National Science Teacher Association for 6 yrs.  
Jack Carpenter – forest health

Mr. Carpenter has worked with Taos SWCD on our Forest Health program since 2018.

He is a retired forester with from the  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.



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