Melinda McWilliams made Grand County her permanent home in 2002. She is a retired landscape architect who spent a career with the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina. Melinda was the program manager and technical specialist for trails, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and scenery management programs, and served on the forest interdisciplinary land management planning team for her whole career. Her expertise includes inventorying, analyzing, and implementing complex natural resource management issues and working with conservation agencies and the public. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District. As a master gardener she helped design, build, and now maintain the Fraser Valley Community Garden. “I aspire to help protect the outstanding natural resources of Grand County,” says Melinda.