Notheis was named to the position in July, moving up from his conservation supervisor position in Fortuna. His predecessor, Michelle Rankin, is now a regional deputy for the CCC, based in Sacramento.
Notheis began his CCC career in Weott in 1988, assigned to the Corps’ Humboldt Fire Center. During his second year as a corpsmember, he was selected to participate in the CCC’s annual work exchange with an Australian conservation organization. He completed the exchange, then joined the staff of the Australian program for a year.
After a one-year stint in Fortuna in 1991, Larry returned in 1997 and has been a CCC staff member ever since, primarily in Fortuna. Taking advantage of his expertise, the CCC had Notheis serve as the CCC’s operations chief for 2005 hurricane recovery work in Louisiana, and sent him to Pakistan later that year to help organize food distribution following a devastating earthquake. The following year he returned to Australia as the CCC’s staff supervisor for the Australian exchange.
Notheis says he plans continue the legacy of Michelle Rankin, focusing on the successes of the Fortuna Center, its young men and women and their many hours of natural resource work.
"We’re proud of the diversity of corpsmembers we have, and their very hard work," he says.
He also noted that the Fortuna Center oversees the statewide Backcountry Trails Program as well as the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project.
Notheis and his wife, Deidra, live in Eureka. He serves on the boards of two local organizations, the Salmon Restoration Federation and the Redwood Sports Car Club.
The California Conservation Corps is a state agency in which young men and women sign up for a year of natural resource work and emergency response. Since the CCC was established by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1976, more than 115,000 young people have been a part of the program.
Former corpsmember Larry Notheis is now center director of the CCC in Fortuna