The Green Mountain Conservation District Board of Supervisors is comprised of elected, non-paid supervisors.
Board of Supervisors
Bill Naegeli, Chairman
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, Vice Chairman
Sean Moran, Supervisor
Sean moved to Montana thirty years ago to pursue a degree in fisheries biology. While working for the Forest Service, and for the last 20-plus years in the lower Clark Fork as a Fisheries Biologist with Avista, Sean developed an abiding interest in fish and their habitat. As part of this interest, Sean became a Supervisor with the Green Mountain Conservation District to add his professional experience to local fisheries habitat concerns as pursuant to the Montana Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (i.e., the 310 law). Sean’s experience has shown him that as far as balancing landowner needs with preserving our invaluable natural resources, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and strives to bring this perspective in his duties as a GMCD supervisor.
Sean appreciates the rural tranquility and outdoor opportunities in western Sanders County and can often be seen fishing along area streams and reservoirs.
Mindy Ferrell, Supervisor
Mindy Ferrell first came to Trout Creek in 1982. She retired from the Noxon School system in 2012 after 25 years in our local public schools. Utilizing her Masters in Outdoor Education, she engaged students of all ages to enjoy learning in outdoor settings and inspired other teachers to do the same. She was the runner-up for Montana Teacher of the Year for her innovative and coordinated efforts inside and outside the classroom. She organized and led 6 years of summer day camps for youth ages 10 – 14 and has coordinated with area natural resource agencies to provide educational experiences for students and adults alike. At her summer lake cottage in Wisconsin, she is the research and education liaison for students and faculty from University of Wisconsin. She leads the effort to provide property owners with lake and shoreline education, including best practices to prevent aquatic and terrestrial invasives and to promote shoreline protection.
Mindy first came on board Green Mountain Conservation District as an associate supervisor in 2014 and, as supervisor, has enjoyed continued conservation training, guiding homeowners to preserve our beautiful shorelines, and connecting with students of all ages in the educational outreach the district provides. In particular, she has helped to organize the district’s annual fall Water Festival for every 5th grade student in the county and worked with school outreach. “Our Conservation District plays such an important role in our community working with many other agencies to educate landowners and students in order to protect and preserve our beautiful community.”
Sarah Busmire, District Administrator
Sarah Busmire joined Green Mountain Conservation District in January of 2022 and is a graduate of Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. She worked for 7 years in the dude ranching industry before transitioning to the natural resources field. Hailing originally from North Carolina, Northwestern Montana has been her home for the last 2 years and she looks forward to enjoying the many outdoor activities it has to offer including fly fishing, hunting, hiking and camping. She is excited to take on this new endeavor in a field she is passionate about, while helping to protect and enhance natural resources in western Sanders County. Sarah believes that “The Conservation Districts of Montana are our best bet to enhancing natural resources on private lands and in this position, I am able to help private landowners, ranchers and farmers conserve their soil, water, and other renewable natural resources for generations to come.”.
Green Mountain Conservation District
PO Box 1329, Trout Creek, MT, 59874
Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group
Brita Olson, Watershed Coordinator
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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.