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John Schutter- Chairman

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.

Bob Logar- Vice-Chair

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.

Loren Blanksma

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.  Also 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

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.

Mike Hansen

  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point 

Completed Soil Science BA degree, minor in Plant Physiology in four years, 1972-1976.


  • 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 took the NRCS Soil Survey Project Leaders position in Plains, MT for Sanders County Area thru – 5/1990.
  • To Montana USDA NRCS State Office Staff  in 1990 as Soil Database Manager, serving in a variety of positions and roles, thru to retirement as the Assistant State Soil Scientist in 10/2010.

Sherwin Leep

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 White

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.

Katie Mumford- Natural Resource Specialist

Katie grew up 20 miles west of Green Bay, Wisconsin – home of the NFL’s greatest team, The Green Bay Packers. Her passion for the natural world started at an early age where she enjoyed spending time in Wisconsin lakes, rivers, and forests.  Katie received her BS in Natural Resource Management from a small college on the shores of Lake Superior and moved to Montana in 2016 where she served as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member in Broadwater County for 2 years.  Katie enjoys sharing her passion for natural resource conservation with people from all walks of life through education, on the ground projects, stories, and experience.  But most of all, Katie loves traveling through Montana camping, fishing, hiking, floating, and visiting all the beauty and wonder that resides in this magnificent state.

Leia Miller- Education Specialist




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