Tippin and Claypool reappointed to HLVRCD

Laurie Tippin and Jesse Claypool were reappointed to the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District last week.

During the Tuesday, Dec. 15 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board unanimously approved the reappointment of both Tippin and Claypool, and staff and some supervisors commented on the recent efficiency of the board.

According to County Counsel Bob Burns, the HLVRCD asked the supervisors to make the appointments to fill the two vacancies rather than to have an election, as permitted by law. The clerk posted the vacancies and Tippin and Claypool submitted applications.

Burns also commented on the improvement of the day-to-day management of the meetings in recent years for the HLVRCD.

“It has been very nice to see you guys as a good, functioning board,” supervisor Aaron Albaugh added.

According to his application, Claypool currently served as the chairman of the HLVRCD, and has served two terms, during which he has “gained a comprehensive understanding of the mission of the RCD, the various laws and controlling documents, and its strengths and weaknesses.”

Moreover he wrote through his time on the board he’s had the “opportunity to attend many conferences, classes, workshops, webinars and recently various Zoom events covering numerous governance topics.”

Claypool desired to remain on the board “to continue the beneficial natural resource conservation work of the RCD, tot expand the effectiveness of the current activities and assist with implementing new and diverse programs,” he wrote.

Additionally, Tippin, a retired US Forest Service forestry consultant, has served six years on the HLVRCD, four of which as the vice chair, she wrote in the application.

In the application, Tippin also detailed her 34 years of experience as a public servant with the USDA Forest Service and other forest management, natural resources and leadership positions.

She wants to serve “to provide my leadership and natural resource management skills to the RCD and landowners; to improve working relationships and partnerships with other organizations, communities and individuals involved or interested in natural resource conservation, to include conservation work as a key component of RCD activities, and to continue public service to the citizens of Lassen County.”