Meet our Executive Director & Board Members

Executive Director–Katlin Miller

Katlin Miller is the daughter of Johnie and Tasha Miller of Granby and has been our Executive Director since May 2013.  She was born and raised on her family’s ranch in Granby and has a real passion for natural resources. After getting her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 2008, Katlin began travelling the world as a volunteer field assistant.  She’s studied African wildlife in Namibia, sea turtles in Costa Rica, seals in the Netherlands, koalas in Australia, and she even went to Antarctica on a Students on Ice trip!  Katlin has returned to her roots on the ranch, but she continues to take at least one to two international vacation trips a year.  You can reach Katlin at middleparkcd@gmail.com.

District Conservation Technician (DCT)–Mark Volt

Mark Volt came to Grand County in 1983 as a young agronomist ready to start his career as the new District Conservationist (DC) for the Soil Conservation Service, now known as Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  During his tenure as the Kremmling Office DC, Mark worked with many local ranchers and other private landowners to address natural resource concerns – soil, animal, plant, irrigation projects, and range improvement projects.  Mark retired from NRCS in 2017, but he immediately returned to the office to begin a new job as the District’s Conservation Technician.  Mark is married to Audrey Volt, and, together, they have two sons, Cody and Andy.

Board of Supervisors

Dave Abbott (Kremmling)

Dave Abbott was raised on a dairy farm in western Ohio. He was actively involved in implementing numerous conservation practices that were a part of the conservation plan for his parents’ farm in the late 40’s and early 50’s. He helped install diversion terraces and grass waterways, as well as other water control practices. While later conducting his own farming operation in Western Ohio he had his own conservation plan and was actively involved with the Clark County Conservation District. He has been an active participant in activities of conservation districts since the early 50’s.

Dave taught Vocational Agriculture for 13 years in New Carlisle, Ohio and 15 years in Kremmling, Colorado. Throughout his teaching career with both high school students and young farmers/ranchers, a major emphasis was on various conservation practices. He initiated and developed the Range Judging Contest for the Colorado F.F.A., which later became a national contest. He worked closely with the local conservation district on education for effective conservation practices. He has been active in conservation efforts on the local, watershed, and state levels for many years.

Deb Wood (Parshall)

Long time rancher in Grand County, Deb Wood joined the Board of Supervisors for the Middle Park Conservation District in 2010 and has played an essential role in our endeavors ever since.  Wife of Carl Wood and mother of Travis and Sam Wood, Deb is also a school bus driver for West Grand Schools.

Jay Yust (Kremmling)

Born and raised in Grand County, Jay Yust has a love of agriculture that is rooted deep in his ancestry.  The Yust Ranch off County Road 1 (Trough Road) was founded in 1885 and continues to run in the family name today as a working cattle ranch.  Jay graduated from West Grand High School in 2002 and then attended University of Wyoming in Laramie for Business.  Nevertheless, he ultimately decided to return to the ranch.

Jay joined the MPCD Board of Supervisors thanks to his interest in conservation and land management.  Furthermore, the goods and services provided by the MPCD are far from foreign to the Yust family.  The Yust family has purchased seed and trees from the MPCD in the past and has also taken advantage of the HPP Clover Seed Giveaway.  We welcome Jay to the Board and look forward to his investment in the conservation and sustainability of natural resources in Middle Park.

John Longhill (Silverthorne)

John’s unique contribution to the Middle Park Conservation District as a District Supervisor is founded in his educational background in environmental fields such as Oceanography and Landscape Architecture. His studies have helped him to understand the integration of plant ecology, range management, conservation, sustainability and use, in designing functional and beautiful environments. His experience in construction management, landscape design, animal care and management, add up to a wealth of knowledge that he can put to use when serving the landowners of the Middle Park Conservation District.

He is the manager of Blue Tree Ranch and operates a non-profit educational organization that partners horses with children and adults for the purpose of developing life skills.

In addition to his role as district supervisor, John serves as a volunteer with the following organizations.

  • Blue River Horse Sanctuary – Executive Director
  • Willowbrook Metro District for Ruby Ranch – Vice President
  • Architectural Review Board for Ruby Ranch – Chairman
  • Friends of the Lower Blue – Director

Justin Fosha (Granby)

Justin Fosha was born and raised in Grand County.  Justin and his family own and operate the Drowsy Water Ranch which is a guest ranch near Granby.  The ranch has been in his family for almost 40 years and continues to operate in a guest ranch capacity surrounded by both a working horse (close to 130 horses), cattle and hay operation.  They also own a hay ranch in Walden on the Illinois River.

Justin received a Bachelors degree in Electric Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and then an MBA from the Denver University but has always known he wanted to take over the families ranching business.  He and his wife Gretta are raising two young kids, Peyton and Chase on the ranch.   Justin is excited to help preserve and protect Middle Park through the Conservation District for future generations and the visitors from around the world who come to visit our beautiful section of Colorado.

Ex-Officios

Stephen Jaouen – Acting District Conservationist, NRCS
Ron Cousineau – District Forester, CSFS
Travis Hoesli – Extension Director, Grand County Extension

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