Board Members:

Mel McKitrick
Co-Chair
Hometown: Ennis
Occupation: Barber & Bus Driver
Favorite Food: Beef Steak & Sea Food
Why he serves on the board: “Right now I believe our natural resources are being compromised by a lot of people & groups. This is one of the better boards to help prevent that.”
What he contributes: “I believe we have one of the best boards in the state. The things I contribute most are my years of service & consistent attendance at meetings. I also do all of our 310 inspections.”
Nick Dyk
Co-Chair
Hometown: Harrison
Occupation: Farmer/Rancher
What have you learned from being a supervisor? The significant number and breadth of projects and partnerships that the Madison Conservation District is involved in. Projects include the administration and overview of 310 permits, education outreach for both producers and students, and stream monitoring efforts.
What work you do as supervisor is the most meaningful? I believe the board review and administration of 310's is one of the most meaningful duties that we as supervisors have. Additionally, I enjoy the opportunities allotted to learn at winter grazing seminars and the summer pasture tours. Networking with neighboring producers and residents is a great way to encourage education and learn from others that may have a different perspective than your own.
Which MCD projects and programs are you most involved in? Board meetings and tours are the projects I am most involved in. We are blessed to have great staff and partnerships that bring ideas for projects to the supervisors to approve whether we see them as a pertinent use of our available resources. I am very interested in the drought and water conservation topics.
George Boyd
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Neil Kent
Urban Supervisor
Hometown: Ennis
Occupation: Retired Banker
What have you learned from being a supervisor? I learn something at almost every meeting. I believe that the Conservation District is a learning situation with its goal to maintain and hopefully improve conservation practices. This is important not only for today but also for future generations.
What work you do as a supervisor is the most meaningful? My input to the MCD comes mostly from knowing the history of the area and I am familiar with nearly all of the area.
Which MCD projects and programs are you most involved in? I am very interested in most MCD projects. I am especially interested in the present Moores Creek Lyons project dealing with stream conditions.

Colten Clark
Hometown: Ennis
Occupation: Rancher
Favorite Food: Beef
Why he serves on the board: “To keep an agricultural tie on the Conservation District Board.”
What he contributes to the board: “I help with the decisions of the board, but I am new and trying to learn as much as I can.”
One conservation practice he’s trying: “We put in a new water line on one of our forest allotments to help conserve water and to use our grass better.
Kaye Suzuki
Urban Supervisor/Treasurer
Hometown: Ennis
Occupation: Retired Range Management Specialist with USFS
What have you learned from being a supervisor? I have come to appreciate how we as a conservation district can positively affect the health and vibrancy of our local environment and community. Through our on the ground projects, we have made great strides in improving water quality, soil health and the education of our youth.
What work you do as a supervisor is the most meaningful? I enjoy seeing the completion of projects that involve a multitude of partners.
Which MCD projects and programs are you most involved in? I am passionate about projects that involved soil health and water quality.
Bob Sitz
Hometown: Harrison
Occupation: Rancher (Sitz Angus)
Favorite Food: Beef
Why he serves on the board: I feel ranchers and farmers need a voice and others can utilize their experience on the board.
What he contributes to the board: I think I bring experience living off the land and knowing what things are economically feasible, long term solutions, and problems that ranchers and landowners deal with.
Jessie Wiese
Associate Supervisor
Hometown: Bismark, ND
Occupation: Southwest Manager, Montana Land Reliance
What have you learned from being a supervisor? I have learned about various water quality issues around the Madison Valley as well as the breadth and scope of work that the MCD manages. I've learned about the need for folks to think holistically about their properties and that we have excellent resources, both in staff and documents for gaining more knowledge on management best practices.
What work you do as a supervisor is the most meaningful? I am passionate about innovative ways to manage our natural resources and the MCD does an excellent job with their projects and assisting landowners with best management practices. I also love the work the CD is doing with local kids through the Good Thymes Camp. I'm new so I'm just starting to get involved with projects and am very excited about the watershed planning that is taking place.
Which MCD projects and programs are you most involved in? I am interested in the watershed planning work, Madison Stream team and outreach opportunities of the MCD. I have a background in Environmental Sciences and can assist or provide expertise for work associated with wetlands, invasive weeds and native plants.

 

Staff:

Sunni Heikes-Knapton
Watershed Coordinator
Ethan Kunard
Water Programs Manager
Cori Koenig
Administrator
Nichole Bailey
GROWW Program Coordinator
Madeline Pruszenski
Big Sky Watershed Corps Member

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