Amanda Gilbert, Executive Director

Amanda joined the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council as Executive Director in November 2015. Amanda has worked with watershed councils for nearly two decades in a variety of capacities. She began her watershed council career in 2005 with the McKenzie Watershed Council and worked with the Long Tom Watershed Council as the Fiscal Manager for eight years. Cottage Grove holds a special place in her heart as she lives, works, and raises her family in the community.  For information about the CFWWC, contact

Riley Newman

Reilly Newman, Projects Manager

Reilly is a 5th generation Oregonian and grew up in Cottage Grove. She began working with the CFWWC in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree (BS) in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences w/ a specialization in Wildlife Ecology from the Oregon State University. She has 11 years of field experience working in federal, state, and nonprofit organizations as well as 2 years working in conservation genetics research labs at OSU. In her free time, Reilly enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and exploring the local forests and rivers. For restoration or projects information, contact

Taylor Larson, Working Lands Project Manager

Taylor began working with the CFWWC as the Working Lands Project Manager in June 2020. He grew up along the Coast Fork south of Creswell on his family farm. After receiving degrees in International Political Economy, and Economics, Taylor joined the Peace Corps. He spent his time in Peace Corps in Zambia as an agroforestry extension agent working with farmers to link agricultural production with conservation. Taylor is now back managing his family farm where they grow hazelnuts, hops, and have plans for much more. In addition to his farming endeavors. His interest in the council stems from his desire to see production agriculture and ecological stewardship become two sides of the same coin. For working lands project information, contact

Sydney Nilan, Upper Willamette Stewardship Coordinator

Sydney came on board in July of 2019 as the Coordinator for the Upper Willamette Stewardship Network. Sydney’s position brings together the Coast Fork & Middle Fork Willamette, Long Tom, and McKenzie Watershed Councils, the McKenzie River Trust, and the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, helping them to leverage each organization’s unique strengths to create new opportunities and landscape scale impact throughout the Upper Willamette basin. Sydney has a BA from the University of Oregon and her master’s from the University of Florida’s Tropical Conservation and Development program and has spent the last decade working at the intersection of community based natural resource management, conservation, and sustainable development in Latin America. Having spent the past 6 years living and working with indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest, Sydney is glad to be back home in Oregon enjoying the seasons and the great pacific northwest with friends and family. For more information on education, email

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