Hadley DeBree, executive director of the Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center, is stepping down from the position she has held since 2015.

     DeBree is moving to Portland, Ore., with her partner, Peter Jensen, who worked as a reporter for the Idaho Mountain Express from July 2015 until last week.

     Born and raised in the Wood River Valley, Debree graduated from Wood River High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree in biology-environmental studies from Whitman College in 2010. 

     She first served with the ERC as an AmeriCorps member, followed later by service as the ERC’s program director. 

     “Since 2015, under the leadership and direction of Hadley, the ERC refocused its time and resources on the organization’s five core pillars: youth education, connecting people with nature, pesticide action, recycling and outreach (to include the annual Clean Sweep that has been held in the valley since 1994) and PUP—Pick Up for the Planet,” the ERC stated.

     “Additionally, Hadley help steer the ERC through a fiscal turnaround, offered the community a new and annual event—the ERC Street Party for the Planet—celebrated the ERC’s 25th anniversary at a celebration event held at the Limelight Hotel and significantly grew the number of youth and adults who are educated about, and inspired to take action for, our environment, as well as to appreciate time in the outdoors,” the organization said.

     A celebration and good-bye party for Debree will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5-7:30 p.m. on the ERC’s front deck (471 Washington Ave. in Ketchum).  Everyone from the community is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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