IASCD Praises Governor Otter’s Appointments to the Soil and Water Commission


October 19, 2011                                                                                                      


Bret Rumbeck


(208) 888-1890 ext. 108           

IASCD Praises Governor Otter’s Appointments to the Soil and Water Commission

New Commissioners Fill Two Critical Vacancies

MERIDIAN, IDAHO – Today, Governor Butch Otter announced his nominations to the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.  H. Norman Wright of American Falls, ID and Gerald Trebesch of Boise, ID fill the Commission’s two vacant seats.  Wright replaces former Vice-Chair Dwight Horsch, and Trebesch replaces former Chairman Bill Flory.

“These are two great nominations from Governor Otter to serve on the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission,” Randy Purser, President of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts said.  “Idaho’s soil conservation districts work hand-in-glove with the Commission to conserve Idaho’s natural resources.  The nominations of Mr. Wright and Mr. Trebesch fill two critical vacancies, and the fifty districts will benefit from their leadership.  I am looking forward to working with them.”

Norman Wright has served on the American Falls City Council for the past eight years and is president of the American Falls Lions Club.  He brings extensive experience to the Commission, including involvement with the Soil Conservation Service the Canyon County conservation district, and 33 years with the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (now know as the Farm Service Agency).  Wright’s term expires July 1, 2012.

Gereld Trebesch is a former agricultural banker with extensive statewide experience and has been heavily involved with agricultural lending since obtaining his degree in agricultural business from Montana State University.  He brings a complete understanding of statewide agricultural issues having been based in Rigby, Salmon, St. Maries, Soda Springs, Caldwell, Boise, and Meridian throughout his career.  Trebesch currently lives in Boise and operates a cow-calf operation, as well as stocker and feeder cattle.  Trebesch’s term expires July 1, 2016.

Title 22, Chapter 27 of the Idaho Code identifies Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission as local and state government agencies respectively that are the “…primary entities to provide assistance to private landowners and land users in the conservation, sustainment, improvement and enhancement of Idaho’s natural resources…”  Conservation districts are separate legal entities and subdivisions of state government led by locally elected boards of five or seven supervisors who serve on a volunteer basis.

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The Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts mission is to represent Idaho’s conservation districts as the primary entities to coordinate voluntary, locally led efforts to sustain and enhance Idaho’s natural resources, and strengthen Idaho’s conservation districts and thereby the non-regulatory approach to conservation.  For more information, please visit http://iascd.org/.


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