Irene grew up on the family homestead west of Maupin, Oregon. Her ancestors traveled the Oregon Trail in the 1840s originally settling in the Willamette Valley. In 1879 her great-great grandfather moved east of the Cascade Mountains where he established a donation land claim and raised livestock and grain. The ranch remains in the family today and these roots are the basis for Irene’s passion for sound conservation and multiple use on our farm and forestlands.
Irene is deeply committed to helping bridge the rural – urban divide through education of our citizens. Preserving and maintaining working agricultural and forested lands is critical to our nation’s future. Sharing the message that these lands must provide a viable, positive revenue stream to be sustainable and maintain healthy and vibrant rural communities is one of Irene’s passions.
Irene and her husband Jim live in John Day, Oregon and enjoy the ranch in Wasco County and their 200 acre small woodland in Baker County.