Meet The Team
Devil's Garden Research and Education team provides you with the most recent data and research in agriculture and natural resources. Our mission is to better the lives of Californians and provide our community with the latest science-based education.
Meet The Team
Tracy Schohr is the Livestock and Natural Resource advisor for Plumas, Sierra and Butte counties for UC Cooperative Extension. Tracy received her B.S. in Agricultural Business from California State University, Chico and M.S. in Horticulture and Agronomy from University of California, Davis. Her research and extension activities are at the interface of ecological sustainability and economic productivity. In this role, she assist ranchers and land managers throughout the region to address topics such as water quality, invasive species, post fire grazing, and regulatory compliance. Tracy works with clientele, students and policy makers to recognize managed grazing can be part of the solution to meeting conservation objectives.
Laura Snell has been the Livestock and Natural Resource advisor in Modoc County for over 5 years with UC Cooperative Extension. She has also been the Modoc County Director since 2017. Laura received her B.S. in Water Science and M.S. in Agronomy with a Range Science specialty from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She specializes in navigating the public/private land interface working collaboratively with public and private land managers, policy makers, and the public on issues such as wild horse management, post-fire grazing, water quality and quantity, and rural development. She has been involved in the Society for Range Management, Wildlife Society, Public Lands Council, and several local advisory groups. Laura enjoys helping clientele address local problems with on-the-ground solutions and mentoring the next generation of land managers. When she is not working, she is hiking with her dog Zuri and traveling the world.
UCCE Plumas, Butte, Tehama Counties
UCCE Modoc County
Six Month Research Asssistant, B.S. Wildlife Ecology University of Maine Orono
Olivia Lappin is our seasonal field assistant for 2020. She will be working here in Modoc County for approximately six months on a variety of research projects. She is most excited for an upcoming project looking at the interactions between wild horses and elk in the Devil’s Garden.
Olivia grew up in southern Maine and graduated from the University of Maine Orono with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology in 2019. She has worked with a variety of animals over the years such as Eastern wild turkeys, fish, seabirds, and amphibians. She grew up loving the outdoors, especially catching frogs and salamanders in her backyard when she was young. During her free time, she enjoys snowmobiling, fishing, and riding horses.
Olivia hopes to one day become a wildlife biologist and is looking forward to improving her knowledge on how the agricultural community, wildlife biologists, and rangeland managers work together here in Modoc County to create useful and sustainable public lands. She feels as though there is often miscommunication and misunderstanding between the public and scientists in regards to research. She hopes that spending more time in an agricultural community and on public land will help her to better understand how to bridge that gap and create a more positive working relationship between wildlife biologists and the public as she works towards becoming a biologist herself.
Seasonal Research Assistant,
University of Wyoming - Rangeland
Mavrick Farnam is a seasonal research assistant for 2020. He is from a small community in Modoc County and recently graduated from Shasta College. He is planning on furthering his education at the University of Wyoming majoring in Agriculture Business. Mavrick has been involved with the Future Farmers of America, 4-H, and the Farm Bureau where he has grown a passion for agriculture. He is also very active in his college agriculture department and Natural Resources Club.
Over the course of his internship, Mavrick hopes to broaden his skills and knowledge in relation to rangeland and agriculture. He looks most forward to learning the benefits of rangeland grazing and have a better understanding of how to properly manage rangeland in northern California. Mavrick is excited to conduct research that will help educate the community on agriculture and natural resources.
Seasonal Research Assistant, Chico State Student - Animal Sceince & Ag Business
Lizzeth Mendoza is currently one of our 2020 summer interns who is focusing on the environmental benefits of livestock grazing and outreach. She is originally from Modoc County, Alturas to be exact, and is currently attending California State University, Chico. Lizzeth is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Business. She hopes to pursue a career in the beef industry after college and is passionate in educating the public about agriculture.
She has been involved in Future Farmers of America and in the feedlot industry learning feedlot management and dairy reproduction. She is a member of California Cattleman at Chico State and has received her artificial insemination certification in hopes to put it to use in the near future. On her free time, Lizzeth likes to spend time outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, or hiking. You can always catch her with a camera in her hand.
During Lizzeth’s internship she hopes to gain experience in research and learning how livestock grazing positively impacts our environment. She looks most forward to creating new content to educate the public about agriculture and natural resources. Lizzeth is dedicated to provide outreach materials to positively change the public perception of the agriculture community through research and science-based facts.