The Green Mountain Conservation District Board of Supervisors is comprised of elected, non-paid supervisors.
Board of Supervisors
Bill Naegeli, Supervisor
Bill Naegeli was born and raised in Montana on his family’s ranch. He has been on the ranch for over 60 years. He has a degree in Agricultural Engineering and Technology. He has been associated with Green Mountain Conservation District and conservation practices for his entire life. He got on the board in 1991 as a supervisor and has been on the GMCD board for 31 years. He was elected to the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) board of directors for a few years in the late 1990s and then took a break to enjoy more time with family. Now, he has returned to MACD as a director representing Area 5 conservation districts from Sanders, Lincoln, Mineral, Flathead, Lake, Missoula, North Powell, Deer lodge, Granite and Bitterroot counties. He is also the Sanders County Emergency Manager, which he has been doing for 19 years. He has worked in many local industries in the area, including construction and the sawmill. He was on the Thompson Falls volunteer ambulance for 25 years. His ranch has hosted the kindergarten field trip to the Naegeli ranch for 25 plus years and has been a member of the Tree Farm Association for 50 years.
Bill is the Chairman of the board and has been for the last 4 years and has been in that role previously as well. In the 1990s, Bill secured grants to get the No-Till Drill that the Conservation District currently has and rents out. Bill feels that “There is only so much land, and we have to take care of it.”.
Terry Hightower, Supervisor
Kristen Wing – Bio Coming Soon!
Mary Reed – Bio Coming Soon!
Nancy Mehaffie – Board Chair
In 1979, I earned my degree in Forestry Sciences with an emphasis in Forest Pathology from the University of Idaho. Some of the highlights of my career include researching or implementing management techniques at the U. S. Forest Service, Forestry Science Laboratories in Moscow, Idaho and Missoula, Montana. I was a diversified Resource Manager on the Salmon, Clearwater, Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, Sequoia and Angeles National Forests. Projects I assisted in were controlling White Pine Blister Rust and Giant Reed Grass (Arundo), Herbicide Effectiveness for Establishing Seedlings, Bark Beetle Anti-aggregative Pheromone Effectiveness, Forest Timber Management and Production as well as environmental assessment (EA) for a wide variety of projects that included recreation, wildlife, timber production, mining and resource protection and conservation.
In 1999, I transferred to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers where I evaluated natural resources impacted by Flood Control in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was a Project Manager and Contract Administrator for the U. S. Air Force, covering Edwards Air Force Military Base Construction. I supervised Specialized Office Construction, Airfield and Soldier Housing Replacement and Testing & Evaluation Facilities. I then assumed project management duties at U. S. Army, Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 2004, from which I retired in 2007 after 32 years of Federal Government service. After my retirement, I returned to Montana in 2010, I was nominated by Lt. Governor, Kristine Juras in 2021 to be a board member of the Montana Forest Lands Taxation Advisory Committee, upon which I served as a representative of private forest land owners. Our land in Sanders County is a working example of the state sponsored “Family Forest Management, Tree Farm Program, and has served as a teaching example for forest protection, growth and production classes. Our family forest was also cited by the U.S. Forest Service’s Fire Management team leader of the Deep Creek Fire (Highway 200 Complex) in 2017, as an excellent example of fire protection preparation.
In retirement, I have enjoyed traveling and exploring the rural areas of the Pacific Northwest and will usually be found studying, hiking and wandering about our majestic mountains and public forest lands. I’m looking forward to applying my diverse background in natural resource management in order to benefit the Green Mountain Conservation District.
Morgan Owens, District Administrator
Morgan Owens joined Green Mountain Conservation District in July of 2023. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Montana. She was a teacher for the last four years before joining the team at GMCD. Morgan was born and raised here in Montana, spending a majority of her life right here in Sanders County. Morgan is wildly passionate about animals, gardening and exploring the outdoors. She runs a small farm and has a young daughter who is being raised with those same passions instilled in her. Morgan is excited to be working with the Conservation District to provide education and support to the people here in Sanders County. Her goal is, “to keep Montana as wild as possible and enhance our natural resources for generations to come.”
Green Mountain Conservation District
PO Box 1329, Trout Creek, MT, 59874
Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group
Sarah Busmire, Watershed Coordinator
The GMCD works closely with the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) to support watershed restoration efforts within the district. The GMCD provides administrative support to the LCFWG, while the LCFWG provides technical input and coordination for a variety of GMCD projects.