Bob Logar – Chairman
Married (1981). Two kids. Two grandkids. Born & raised in Illinois. Graduated University Wisconsin – Stevens Point (1980). Forestry major Soil Science minor. Worked for USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service 33 years. Soil scientist 13 years & Forester 20 years. Retired. Enjoy the outdoors.
Mike Hansen – Vice-Chair
Completed Soil Science BA degree, minor in Plant Physiology in four years, 1972-1976 from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Mike worked as Field Soil Scientist, Soil Surveying – State of MT for followed by USDA-SCS mid 1970’s to 1984 in Scobey and Roundup, MT. In 1884 he took the NRCS Soil Survey Project Leaders position in Plains, MT for Sanders County Area thru – 5/1990. In 1990 he joined the Montana USDA NRCS State Office Staff as the Soil Database Manager, serving in a variety of positions and roles, thru to retirement as the Assistant State Soil Scientist in 10/2010.
John Schutter was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. Graduated from the College of Agriculture at MSU. Karen and I are blessed with 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Been farming my whole life- growing potatoes, cereal grains, peas, alfalfa, canola, and garbanzo beans. I really enjoy the farming profession and the many challenges it can bring. It is exciting seeing the new technology and advancements in agriculture.
As a fourth generation Montana farmer/rancher, the value of agricultural land conservation has been important to me since a young age. My paternal great-grandfather and grandfather homesteaded out of Choteau, MT., with my grandfather eventually moving to the Gallatin Valley and purchasing the farm where I was raised, and still operate today. My maternal grandfather purchased a farm in Grangeville, ID., still operating today by my maternal relatives, providing me with a deep history entrenched in agriculture from both of my parents. In the mid nineteen nineties, while still working full time on the farm, I attended Montana State University studying Mechanical Engineering, attaining a lower junior level of education, before deciding my true passion was agriculture. We raise wheat, barley, alfalfa, peas, and commercial black angus on our farm. Serving on the Gallatin County Planning Board as a representative of the Gallatin Conservation District for seven years made me realize the complexities between urban development and agricultural operations. Since my time on the Gallatin County Planning Board, ending in 2018, I am honored to serve as a Supervisor of the Gallatin Conservation District.
Jason Camp is a lifelong resident of the Gallatin Valley and a fourth generation farmer. Jason currently operates the same farm his grandfather started in 1940 raising small grains and cattle north of Belgrade. In the year 2000, Jason made the transition to no-till farming to protect water quality and to conserve soil moisture. Jason and his wife, Jodi, were awarded the “Outstanding Conservationist” by the Gallatin Conservation District. Jason served on the board of The Gallatin Beef Producers for several years and also served as a director for the Montana Stockgrower’s Association. In 2005, Jason and Jodi were awarded the “Outstanding Junior Farmer/Rancher” of the year. He is passionate about conserving the agricultural heritage in the Gallatin County. Jason is currently a supervisor for the Gallatin Conservation District.
My name is Sherwin Leep and I have had the opportunity and privilege of serving as a supervisor with the Gallatin Conservation District since 1985. I was born in the Gallatin Valley and attended Manhattan Christian School as well as Calvin College and Montana State University. I am involved in a family farm enterprise located near Four Corners growing alfalfa and mixed hay, spring wheat, and malt barley. I have had the good fortune of being married to my wife Tamara for 43 years and we have been blessed with three daughters and a son. Our lives continue to be very busy with our work in agriculture, church, our community…..and over the last few years a noisy herd of 10 grandkids!
Steve was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. Following his graduation from MSU in Geology, Steve was a Geohydrologist for DNRC. After leaving DNRC, he owned a computer software business for many years. From 2007 to 2018, Steve served as a Gallatin County Commissioner. With over 25 years of radio control aircraft experience, Steve now teaches a UAS Fundamentals Course as part of the Aviation program at Gallatin College and provides aerial cinematography across Montana for film and TV projects. Steve is married to Pam. Their son Matt and family live near Belgrade.
Doug Espelien- Associate Supervisor
Becky Clements – District Administrator
Becky is a Montana native and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Montana State University- Bozeman. Before coming to the Gallatin Conservation District, Becky worked as Executive Director for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Becky’s areas of expertise include administration, strategic planning, event coordinating, and office management. Becky is active in the community, and volunteers her time frequently. Becky enjoys spending time with her family and is often found at sporting events for her 2 sons. Becky also enjoys hiking, camping, and cycling.
Sarah Bowman – Natural Resource Specialist
Sarah grew up in Pewaukee, WI. Over the years, her interest in water and soil restoration and conservation grew as she participated in countless outdoor Girl Scout programs and worked on Aquatic Invasive Species community service projects. Each summer she attended her local Girl Scout day camp and lead the Nature station, teaching girls of all ages about plants, water, soil, and bugs. Sarah received her BS in Water Resources from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2014 and went on to serve two consecutive years in Americorps. The first year was spent on a trail crew with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, where she learned many hands-on conservation skills, including chainsaw work, trail clearing, riparian planting, and wildland firefighting. She moved to Kalispell, Montana in 2016 to serve her second Americorps year with the Big Sky Watershed Corps Program. She was placed with the Flathead Conservation District where she worked with local organizations and landowners to develop the Flathead-Stillwater Watershed Restoration Plan and assisted the conservation district with running educational events. From 2017 to the end of 2019, Sarah worked with the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group, based in Trout Creek, MT, to develop the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan and the Lower Clark Fork Tributaries Watershed Restoration Plan. Simultaneously, she earned her MS in Environmental Science with a focus on Conservation Biology through Green Mountain College, graduating in July of 2019. Sarah enjoys spending her spare time in the outdoors as much as possible and is also an avid lover of music, especially going to live concerts.