For more than 30 years, we have worked to protect what people love most about Central Oregon: our forests and high desert, our rivers and springs, our fish and wildlife, and well-designed communities.
LandWatch plays a vital role in achieving a responsible, balanced approach to planning for and conserving Central Oregon’s land and water resources, while recognizing the needs of future generations. We work to protect and conserve the region’s ecosystems and wildlife habitats, to foster thriving, sustainable communities and to spread the costs and benefits of growth equitably across the community as a whole.
Photo courtesy of Christian Heeb
Paul Dewey, Executive Director.
A long-time Central Oregon resident, Paul founded Central Oregon LandWatch and has been active in the organization since its inception in 1986.
Paul received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and has practiced law for 30 years specializing in land use, environmental, and Native American law. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, the Federal District Court of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Court of Claims and the Federal Circuit, and has experience with cases involving the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, NFMA and NEPA, and Oregon land use laws. He has worked for two Oregon governors reviewing roadless areas in the state and was on Governor Kitzhaber’s Eastside Forest Advisory Council.
Paul has received a number of land use and environmental protection awards and in 2006, was recognized as Central Oregon’s Man of the Year by the Source Weekly. Mr. Dewey has represented LandWatch in numerous land use cases before local governments, the Land Use Board of Appeals, State Circuit Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Nathan Hovekamp, Wildlife Program Director.
Nathan is a naturalist and philosopher with a B.S. in biology from Kent State University, an M.S. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. His experience is in college biology instruction, natural interpretation, community service, and conservation – the common thread is his interest in protecting the natural environment, wildlife, and wild lands. Nathan moved to Bend in 1997 and spends as much time as possible exploring Oregon’s magnificent coast, mountains, forests, rivers, and high desert.
Rory Isbell, Staff Attorney
Rory was born in Coos Bay, Oregon and grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a degree in Geography, Rory moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked in geospatial sciences. Rory headed south to Eugene in 2013, and in 2016 he graduated with degrees in Law (JD) and Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the University of Oregon. While in law school, Rory clerked for Cascadia Wildlands in Eugene and an environmental law firm in Seattle in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, he clerked for the City of Eugene City Attorney Office where he worked on land use appeals and Eugene’s comprehensive plan update. Rory’s Master’s thesis analyzed the effectiveness of transportation planning and funding mechanisms to meet state greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Carol Macbeth, Staff Attorney.
Carol is an ecologist with degrees from Wellesley College, Duke University, and as of this spring, Lewis and Clark Law School.
In law school she was a law clerk for the Center for Biological Diversity and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department endangered species enforcement program through the Portland U.S. Attorney’s office.
Prior to law school Carol was employed as an ecosystem risk analyst and worked on projects throughout North America and in Europe, notably in Paris where she lived for two years assessing terrestrial ecological risks for a French multinational.
Moey Newbold, Director of Urban Planning.
A Bend native, Moey graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College in 2011. While in college, she led student groups advocating for climate change legislation (and other environmental issues) and spoke on behalf of the YOUNGO delegation at the United Nations COP 15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Moey began her career with LandWatch in 2011 doing community organizing to protect cold water flows in Tumalo Creek and has since worked on a variety of issues, including land use policy, farmland protection, water rights, and urban planning. Her role in the organization has been dynamic during a period of rapid growth in employees, budget, and capacity. Now, she is leading an initiative to prevent urban sprawl in the City of Bend.
She is active on the Program Committee for the City Club of Central Oregon, serves on the board of the Orchard District Neighborhood Association, was appointed to the City of Bend’s Central Westside Plan Community Advisory Committee, and has been nominated twice for Woman of the Year in The Source Weekly. Moey lives with her chihuahua and enjoys cross country skiing, cooking, and being outside with friends.
Kori Sparks, Director of Operations.
Kori is a Colorado native who grew up at the base of the Rocky Mountains and has been living in Bend with her fiancé since 2014. After receiving a degree in Sociology and English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she began her career in the nonprofit sector working first as an AVID tutor in the Denver Public School system and volunteering for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, as well as Planned Parenthood, where she later worked for several years. She now holds a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management.
Kori has worked for the Central Oregon Humane Society, volunteered for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery and was recently elected Land Use Chair for the Awbrey Butte Neighborhood Association. She believes in the spirit of Oregon's land use system and enjoys spending time with her spritely Border Collie mix and ancient Chihuahua.
Adam Albright is a former private venture capitalist with a wide range of business involvements in the United States and abroad with active interests in sculpture, design, architecture and agriculture. Adam has served on more than a dozen non-profit boards, including that of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) from 1985-2015 where at various times he was Vice Chair and Chair of the Development, Nominating and Program Committees. Adam lives in Bend with his wife, Rachel, and enjoys yoga, xc skiing, hiking and paddleboarding.
Karen Lillebo is a retired research chemist formerly at Bend Research, Inc. located in Bend, Oregon. She has lived in Central Oregon since 1984, has been a member of Central Oregon LandWatch since 1986, and a board member for the past ten years. Karen is a longtime environmental advocate and a member of Oregon Wild and the Oregon Natural Desert Association.
Jeff Perreault is a retired USGS hydrologist. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and his M.S. in hydrology from the University of Hawaii. Although his work took him throughout the Pacific Basin, he’s called Bend home for over 20 years. Holistic water issues have been his profession and his passion; they are what originally brought him to LandWatch and keep him busy now. He continues to study and educate others about Central Oregon’s unique hydrogeology.
Amy Stuart received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.S. in Wildlife Sciences and Management from Colorado State University. She recently retired from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife after 30 years of public service. Most of her work was as a fish biologist. Her experiences range from ocean salmon manager on the coast, to fish habitat biologist in the John Day and Crooked River basins, to hydro project biologist east of the Cascades, and most recently as the Deschutes Basin manager. Amy loves the outdoors and cares about protecting and conserving our incredible resources in central Oregon. She also enjoys a variety of recreation such as fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, and well... almost everything outside. She currently serves as the board president.
Evan Thomas graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Rangeland Resources. He then spent the next forty years farming carrot seed, grass seed, peppermint, and more with his family in the Culver area. He served on the Jefferson County Planning Commission for 22 years where he helped rewrite the county comprehensive plan and updated the county code. He also spent 28 years on the board of directors for the Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District. Evan enjoys bird watching, back-country skiing, fly fishing, hunting and seeing the world a small piece at a time.
Bob Turner spent twenty years managing legal aid offices on the Navajo Nation and in Bend and has been in private practice in Central Oregon for ten years. He has years of experience serving on nonprofit boards assisting low-income people and domestic violence survivors. His lifelong commitment to protecting the environment aligns with LandWatch’s values and actions. Bob loves outdoor recreation but is often injured by it.
Barb Tyler grew up on a small Alaskan island where her father ran a lumber company and travel was by boat and bush plane. Fortunately for us, Barb has called Central Oregon home for more than 30 years now. Barb is the proud mother of two awesome grown children. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Marylhurst University. Today she applies her knowledge and skills to her CPA practice, which she has owned for 24 years. When she is not working, Barb spends as much time as possible outdoors hiking, paddling and camping.