Anne Marie Roberts, Middle James Restoration Manager, James River Association.
Prior to joining the James River Association (JRA), Anne Marie had worked for the Robert E. Lee Soil & Water Conservation District coordinating the Amherst Watershed Protection Program since 2004. She developed and managed the Amherst Tree Buffer Program for over 10 years, earning her the Chesapeake Bay’s Forest Champion Award in 2016. She looks forward to connecting with a wide range of landowners across the Middle James River Watershed and assisting them with improving their land and water, widely through the installation of forested riparian buffers. Anne Marie is located in JRA’s Scottsville Field Office. Her role in the JAMES RIVER BUFFER PROGRAM will be coordinating the program along with her counterpart at VDOF, Sarah Hagan, meeting with eligible landowners and walking them through their forest buffer project from start to finish.
Deya Ramsden, Middle James River Forest Watershed Project Coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry.
A graduate of Oregon State University (OSU) with a B.S. in Natural Resources, Deya spent the last ten years with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Early in her career she performed urban natural areas restoration with the Natural Resources Group. Recently she served as a Borough Forester in the boroughs of Staten Island and Queens, working to balance public safety and urban development with the preservation of the City’s mature street trees. Her interest in forest restoration led her to complete her Master’s in Natural Resources. A native of southern Albemarle county, she feels a special connection to the James River and is eager to contribute to its preservation while serving as the Project Coordinator for the James River Buffer Program through the Virginia Department of Forestry.