The Spring Creek team had six members, four from Great Britain and two from the United States. They spent their week in a Victorian house in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where they retired each day after touring and meeting people. Brief biographical descriptions of each of the team members follows.
David Bassett is an engineer working for the Environment Agency (previously National Rivers Authority) based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. He has worked both in the United Kingdom and abroad developing Water Level Management Plans and flood defense schemes. He helped design and construct portable water systems in Guatemala. He was also involved in studying the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He has particular skills in hydrology, hydraulic modeling and water balance.
Barbara Ellis-Sugai is a hydrologist with the Hebo Ranger District in Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon. Her expertise is in watershed and landscape analysis and stream restoration techniques. She has also been involved in translating scientific knowledge into educational models for children and adults.
Peter Minto, from the Countryside Council of Wales, is a rural planner with over 20 years experience who currently specializes in minerals, waste and freshwater policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Queens University in Belfast and has a special interest in Geographic Information Systems. Peter has a Ph.D. in American Studies.
Elisabeth Moore is the Rural Village Protection Coordinator for the Maryland Environmental Trust. She has extensive knowledge
of land use and conservation planning techniques, as well as exper- tise in rural protection programs and options. At MET she deals daily with community development and growth management issues. Elisabeth has a Masters degree in Regional Planning from the Uni- versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Morag Walling is the Countryside and Amenities Manager for Waverly Borough Council in Surrey, England. She has responsibility for 6,000 acres of land with a com- plete ranger service. She also has experience encouraging local sustainable development; retaining and enhancing bio- diversity, local landscape character and cultural heritage;
assisting community empowerment; and coordinating public, private and voluntary sector partnerships.
Jennifer Wilson is an Area Manager for the Rural Development Commission in Cumbria, England. Brought up on a farm, she has experienced the problems and joys of
living and working in rural areas from both her professional and personal perspectives. In rural development for over 10 years, she has worked with private, public and voluntary sectors on a wide variety of rural issues. She has particular experience working with small businesses in rural areas.
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