Chris Howard joined the administrative team at Elk Valley Rancheria on June 30 as the Director of Public Relations, Economic Development and Environmental Services.

andquot;It is with great enthusiasm we welcome Chris Howard to the team at Elk Valley Rancheria, Californiaandquot; said CEO Gerry Nailon. andquot;Chris brings an impressive work ethic, a longstanding relationship with the community and the energy we need to help move the rancheria's vision forward and to the next level.andquot;

andquot;As we watched Chris develop over the last several years into a strong community leader and economic development advocate, we also recognized the importance of having an individual of his caliber on our team that understood our vision and could help ensure the future success of the rancheria,andquot; added Nailon.

Howard earned his bachelor of science degree in zoology from the UC Davis, and has worked for the past 15 years as a local wildlife and fisheries biologist for both Green Diamond Resource Company and Rellim Redwood Company. He also coordinates the Mill Creek Fisheries Monitoring Program, the longest running salmonid lifecycle monitoring program in the State of California.

Howard recently served as president of the Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce, and he continues to serve as an advocate for Del Norte County with national, state and local officials.

andquot;We believe Chris embodies our vision to have respect and dignity for all, to preserve our culture, and strive for self-sufficiency,andquot; said Dale Miller, rancheria chairman. andquot;Chris also brings a great deal of expertise and respect for the environment, which is important to the culture and traditions we embrace at Elk Valley Rancheria by helping to promote the natural beauty and heritage of this county.andquot;

The rancheria has announced plans for a destination resort and casino on its 203.5-acre Martin Ranch property in Crescent City.