Feaga Hired as New Clarke County Natural Resources Planner | Winchester Star
BERRYVILLE – Jeff Feaga, originally from West Virginia with approximately 20 years of environmental experience, has been hired as the new Clarke County Natural Resources Planner.
Feaga succeeds Alison Teetor, who retired at the end of 2021 after more than 30 years serving the county.
Most recently, Feaga has been a freelance land steward for the Rolling Ridge Conservancy. In this role, he marked and managed walking trails, identified and repaired environmental issues such as erosion along the trails, and managed forestry and hunting on properties, as shown in his profile on the LinkedIn website. .
Like Teetor, he did a lot of mapping.
“I love (creating) cards,” Feaga said.
His work experience has also included stints as a soil conservator for the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and community restoration coordinator for Frederick County, Maryland. His duties in the latter role included directing the activities of the Monacacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance, mentoring Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteers, and acting as a point of contact for residents interested in pursuing natural resource conservation projects.
Additionally, Feaga was an assistant professor at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where he developed and taught a watershed hydrology course, and a research associate for Virginia Tech.
Feaga, who lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, earned a doctorate in wildlife science and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Virginia Tech. He received a master’s degree in bioresource and water resources engineering from Oregon State University.
“He has a very broad background and is passionate about the issues he will face as a preservation planner,” said county planning director Brandon Stidham.
Feaga said he wanted to become a Clarke County natural resource planner because, apart from being predominantly rural, “it’s a small county where people know each other and work closely together.”
This should allow him to get involved in many projects in favor of the environment, he said.