More About Us

Formed in 2014, the Tehama Conservation Fund (TCF) is the non-profit organization associated with the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (RCDTC). The two organizations share the same board of directors and work together to promote conservation in Tehama County.

The Tehama Conservation Fund recognizes that private landowners serve as important stewards of natural resources and that there is a need to:
• Enhance the conservation ethic on private lands; and
• Ensure both wild and working lands uphold their conservation values

Our Board Members

MICHAEL VASEY, PRESIDENT

Mr. Vasey is a third generation farmer along the Sacramento River in Tehama County. He has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon. Prior to taking over the family farm, he worked in various Human Resource Management roles for Hewlett Packard and other corporations. He is the past President and current Director on the Tehama County Farm Bureau. He also serves on the Board for the Job Training Center and the Sacramento River Forum. He has a passion for sustainable agriculture, maintaining the long-term success of family farms, and the preservation of natural habitat.

JACK BRAMHALL, VICE PRESIDENT

Mr. Bramhall has been involved in natural resource management pertaining to soil and forest health as well as water quality. He is a registered professional forester and served as a Soil Conservationist for 25 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as well as Lead Ecologist for river basin studies. He also served as an area forester in northern California for 17 years. Prior to the 14 years of work for the Western Shasta RCD, he served as a Water Quality Officer at the state level for 3 years. Mr. Bramhall has been active with the RCDTC since 1997 and holds a BS in Ag/Forestry from the University of Connecticut. He earned his master’s degree in Forest Management from New York State University-Syracuse. He has lived in Tehama County since 1977 and values the rural setting as well as the appealing real estate value.

WALT WILLIAMS, TREASURER

Mr. Williams served as CAL FIRE Ishi Camp Division Chief from 1971 to 2008. He earned his A.A. from Shasta College and has been active with the RCDTC since 2007. He was born and raised in Red Bluff and values the wide open spaces that he calls ‘home.’ He also appreciates the view-shed that agricultural lands provide.

ANNE READ, SECRETARY

Mrs. Read has been involved in various projects on the family Read Ranch. Implementing NRCS practices on the ranch over the years sparked her interest in natural resource conservation. Having seen how the practices improved the ranching operation, she joined the RCDTC board in the early 1970s to help agriculture manage its resources. Mrs. Read holds a degree in Education from the University of Oregon and earned her teaching credential at San Jose State. She served on the BLM’s Regional Advisory Committee (2 year term). She developed the Kelly-Griggs House Museum guide/docent program and served as Chair of the Tehama County Coordinating Council on Developmental Disabilities. Mrs. Read is a Red Bluff native who values Tehama County’s oak woodlands and appreciates the ability to see the mountains and night sky due to the county’s clean air and lack of light pollution.

Testimonials

Thank you for providing this [Hands-On Habitat] fun and educational activity to our Tehama County youth!

- US Fish & Wildlife, Biologist

 My grandkids enjoyed building a bee barn and habitat model during the Hands-On Habitat workshop. It was a great creative summer activity. Even I learned a few new things too about pollinators! We hope that you will have more of these during the summer. 

– Busy grandmother of 5

 The Wild and Scenic Film Festival-Red Bluff is a great local event that features a variety of films related to our area. Thanks for bringing this national showing to our small town!

– 2017 Event Attendee

We appreciate the time and effort that the TCF and its partners dedicated in developing a Carbon Farm Plan for our family ranch. The collaborative effort outlines a path forward to improved natural resource, wildlife, and cattle management on our working land for the benefit of the community as well as our [ranching] operation.

– Rancher

Dear Emmy, thank you for giving me the opportunity of the Wildfire Defensible Space Assistance Program. The work Ken and Nat did for me puts my mind at ease going in to our fire season. I’m very appreciative of the program and the work all three of you did to make it happen. I hope this program will continue through the years for those that can use the assistance.

–Delight Carter

I had surgery so I could not help or be outside- they called to let me know what they were doing and kept me informed on what was going on. They did such a beautiful job. I was so surprised at what they did for me when I could not anything. God bless all-in office and working in the heat. They were so willing to help and made me feel so special. God bless you ALL that helped the handicapped and elderly. You are paying forward as I have always tried to do for people in my lifetime. Now that I can’t do so much so I do what I can for our Fire Department as a dispatcher. I’m too old and can’t do as I used to. 77 years young, I try. Thank you Emmy for taking time to talk to me. I felt so blessed you spend time with an old lady and made me feel so special. God bless and don’t change.

– G.G. (Virginia D. Bridges-Pinneo)

Thank you Brin for researching and securing the grant to provide assistance to qualified residents of Tehama county to ensure that they have defensible space on their properties. Thank you to Emmy for processing our application and securing such a wonderful work team. Thank you to Ken and Nate for completing the great job on our property. They were punctual and professional. Both Ken and Nate were courteous and treated our property as their own rather than just another job site. Please know that we have spread the word about your program and have been happy to recommend you to our friends. Thank you again for a job well done!

– Dwight and Elaine Russell

Dear Brin, Ken, and Crew, thank you so much for all you did to help us get our property cleared! You Brin were so helpful to me to get the application completed. And you Ken and your crew did a fabulous job the day you were up here clearing, chipping, and cleaning up! A million thanks to all of you—we so appreciate your help! It looks great around here!

– Jo Rankin

Dear Mr. Ken Polit, I want to thank you and Tehama County Resource Conservation District. I appreciate all of the trimming and work you and your technicians did for me. Having leukemia cancer has taken its toll on me and my energy. May god bless you and your family always. Be safe.

-Albert J. Reine

First I would like to start off by saying a very big thank you to Mr.Ken for the work that he did, and for being kind enough to help us out, the job that was done in 3 days would have taken my daughters and I about 2-3 years to complete because of my disabilities. 

The work that the team did makes us feel safer. After the fire of 2020 happens around us we know that we would not have time to get our animals and us out safely. Now without all of the dead tree’s there scaring us it makes us feel so much better knowing how much safer we are. Last year during summer time the fires were within 4 miles of the ranch and it was raining ash all over.  My two older son’s and my youngest daughter were out here with me when all the fire’s started. They were scared because they didn’t think they would make it out safe with all the animals or even just them. 

this summer we will not have to worry as much because you guys have helped us out so much and we are so thankful for all of your help. The team removed dead trees and underbrush it is amazing.

- Terra Smith and Daughters

The TCF relies on grants and donations to bring these programs and more to our community. Donate to local conservation today!