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
Claire Bjork grew up in Santa Barbara, California and graduated from UC Davis in 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. Claire is interested in a career at the intersection of science communication and watershed management, and is passionate about finding science based solutions that balance the needs of communities and the environment. As an undergraduate, Claire interned with the waterway stewardship internship through the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden where she developed a deep appreciation for the way water shapes our communities and later helped produce the Water Talk Podcast. In her free time, Claire enjoys reading, hiking and horseback riding. She is also an avid gardener, and hopes to cultivate a thriving vegetable garden this summer.
Claire is excited to spend her internship working on the development of the Big Valley groundwater sustainability plan through which she hopes to build lasting connections with stakeholders in Modoc County and adjacent areas. She also has been enjoying working out in the field on various ongoing projects including those related to drought monitoring and livestock grazing.
Seasonal Research Assistant
Chase Bergeron is one of our Summer 2021 interns. He was raised in Hermosa Beach, California, and enjoys hiking, fishing, and surfing with friends and family. Chase is going into his senior year at Texas Tech University and is majoring in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Range Conservation. He is a member of the Wildlife Society at Texas Tech and is a research assistant with the E.L. Reed Herbarium. Chase spent his last three summers working in construction as a general laborer and intern.
This opportunity provides first-hand experience to interact with the various constituents that impact the management of natural resources. He looks forward to observing the interface between policy and stakeholders as well as deepening his knowledge about agricultural processes. Chase is also very excited to explore the Modoc National Forest and surrounding areas of the high desert through camping, hiking, and fishing.
Seasonal Research Assistant
Rachael Stucke is a seasonal research intern for 2021. During her time as an intern, she will be working on a variety of projects surrounding livestock, range, and natural resource management.
She is originally from San Mateo, CA and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. Rachael has been highly involved in different enterprise courses within her college department, where she got hands on experience with a variety of livestock. Most recently was a student manager at the Cal Poly Sheep and Goat Unit, where she was responsible for herd health and grazing management. After college, she is planning either continuing her education through a master’s degree or pursuing a career involving sustainable livestock management and research.
During the course of the internship, Rachael is looking forward to building on her research skills surrounding data collection and monitoring of natural resources in an agricultural setting. Additionally, she is very excited to spend her free time exploring all the outdoor recreation in northeast California through hiking and camping.