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Frank Baratta, Director Zone 1

A person wearing sunglasses and a cap standing in front of a forested mountain landscape.
Current Term of Service: 2023-2024

Frank grew up in the Rogue Valley and graduated from Crater High School in 1984. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. After college. he worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene in the radiation oncology and sleep disorders departments. For the last 29 years he has worked for the Jackson County Road Department. In 2001 Frank was promoted to Vegetation Technician with the Road Department and became involved with the Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA). In this capacity, he was actively involved with controlling noxious weeds on public lands, and coordinating efforts with the BLM, Forest Service, and other agencies. In 2003, Frank was promoted to the Vegetation Manager position with Jackson County where he implemented an Integrated Vegetation Management program. In this capacity, he supervised the vegetation maintenance of county parks, landscape sites, and road right-of-ways, as well as maintaining properties for other agencies and school districts. In 2013 Frank’s supervisory responsibilities were expanded to include the maintenance of signs and pavement markings for the Road Department.

Working more than two decades managing public lands has allowed Frank to gain experience improving natural and developed areas. Some of the areas he has been able to focus on are: restoring riparian areas; using seed drills and over-seeding fields and natural areas; performing soil stabilization; installing and maintaining water quality swales; controlling noxious weeds; and performing fuels mitigation. As a Certified Arborist Frank has also enjoyed planting, pruning, and maintaining trees in many settings around the Rogue Valley.