LAKE COUNTY, Calif. —The position of chief climate resiliency officer, financed by a state grant program, has been filled by the county of Lake. Officials announced Terre Logsdon’s appointment to the position, which became effective on December 5. The first round of Prepare California “Jumpstart” grants, which are designed to give resiliency funding to communities at risk of disaster, were announced on June 30 by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and county officials, with Lake County being chosen as one of six communities.
A grant of $636,545 was given to Lake County to help with the appointment of a chief climate resiliency officer. This is the first time a county position has been set aside full-time for this function. This grant’s performance period lasts through June 30, 2027. Logsdon has been the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians’ environmental director and chief operating officer since 2018.
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She has served as the tribe’s representative on the Scotts Valley Community Advisory Council’s groundwater conservation subcommittee, the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake, and the Lake County Community Risk Reduction Authority. Logsdon also contributed to the creation of the first Multi-Jurisdictional/Multi-Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan to receive approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
At Scotts Valley’s The Clean Carbon Corp., where he served as chief operations officer, Logsdon investigated the manufacture of biochar, a highly sought-after soil supplement that holds onto nutrients and water, as well as bioenergy. In 2001, Logsdon got a master’s degree in management/managerial leadership. He has held numerous leadership positions in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
As the county administrative office’s top climate resiliency officer, Logsdon will work full-time on preparing Lake County to lessen the effects of climate change. To identify resiliency concerns, local competencies, and resource shortages that must be remedied, Logsdon will be tasked with gathering a wide range of community stakeholders.
A thorough local resilience strategy will be developed using the feedback obtained via this proactive process and earlier planning initiatives, such as the Community Mitigation Assessment Team report from 2021 and the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Significant grant writing tasks are anticipated as part of the role to help fund identified needs.
Susan Parker, the county administrative officer, stated that Ms. Logsdon’s previous leadership positions have given her a variety of skills that would be put to use in her new position as chief climate resiliency officer. “Since 2015, especially, our towns have experienced increasingly frequent and severe calamities. We are currently dealing with catastrophic and widespread tree death.
Parker continued, “We couldn’t be more thrilled that CalOES identified this need because the creation of this post was an urgent and essential investment in the future of our county. The County Administrative Office will be behind Ms. Logsdon 100 percent, and I’m eager to collaborate with her and help her succeed.