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1709 North 1st, Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 361-6181 bcd@qwestoffice.net

Bob Nelson, Area 1 Supervisor
Vice President

Bob has served on the Conservation District Board since 1995. He brings to the District a fountain of knowledge and a strong desire to educate the general public on the dynamics of watersheds and conservation. He built the Bitterroot CD’s watershed trailer and has presented this amazing educational tool all around Western Montana.

Paul Rosenberg, Area 2 Supervisor
Treasurer

Paul is retired from the US Navy and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. He has served on the Bitterroot Conservation Board since 2013. Paul has a practical understanding of agriculture and enjoys working with agricultural producers and partners on conservation issues.

Jeff Mark, Area 3 Supervisor
Chairman

Jeff moved to the Bitterroot full time in February 2016, from Carson City, Nevada. He has twenty-nine years of military service, a BA in Criminal Justice, and an MA in Organizational Management. He is currently a Project Manager at the Rocky Mountain Lab (RML). He is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Howard Eldredge, Area 4 Associate Supervisor

Howard is a retired Naval Officer and Educator. Howard started with the Bitterroot Conservation District as an Associate Supervisor in 2005 and now serves as its Chairman. He and his wife Patti are landowners in the Victor area, with property on the Bitterroot River and an adjoining tributary. He is active with the Bitter Root Land Trust, Bitter Root Water Forum, Bitterroot Trout Unlimited, and the Ravalli County Planning Board.

Chad Sutherlin, Area 5 Supervisor

Chad has served on the Conservation District Board since 2015. His knowledge in agriculture is a real asset to the district. Chad was raised on a cattle ranch in the Bitterroot. With his wife Lacey, he owns and operates 3C Cattle LLC., in the Stevensville area.

Kent Myers, South Urban Supervisor

Kent was appointed to the Bitterroot Conservation District as the Urban Supervisor for Hamilton in January 2000. He was born and raised in the Central Valley of California, where he developed an appreciation for agriculture, a love for fly fishing, and the outdoors. He moved from Los Angeles to Hamilton in 1984 to work for a biotechnology start-up company called Ribi ImmunoChem Research, Inc., and has worked continuously at the Hamilton site through acquisitions by Corixa in 1999 and GlaxoSmithKline in 2005. Kent is married to Diane Myers and they live in Hamilton with an ever-changing collection of dogs and cats.

Dan Kerslake grew up on a ranch in Oregon and has been a steward of the land since a young age. He now owns Kerslake Ranch in Stevensville, where he and his wife raise hay and beef cattle and work to maintain riparian areas that coexist with wildlife. Dan is also a real estate agent for Eickert Realty in Stevensville, specializing in residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. He enjoys fly fishing, camping, backpacking, and traveling.

Dan Kerslake, North Urban Supervisor

Dan Kerslake grew up on a ranch in Oregon and has been a steward of the land since a young age. He now owns Kerslake Ranch in Stevensville, where he and his wife raise hay and beef cattle and work to maintain riparian areas that coexist with wildlife. Dan is also a real estate agent for Eickert Realty in Stevensville, specializing in residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. He enjoys fly fishing, camping, backpacking, and traveling.

Julie Ralston, District Administrator

Julie started working for the district in 1999. She served as the Montana State Employees Organization President. Received awards from the Department of Natural Resource Conservation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, as administrator of the year and program administration. She enjoys working with the public on soil and water restoration projects, spending time with her five grand children, the great outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing.

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