Gailen has served on the Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2008.
Gailen is a graduate of University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Juris Doctor from the University Of Kentucky College of Law.
He has owned and operated a farm in southern Kenton County since 1988, and is very familiar with various conservation principles related to agriculture.
He believes the most important conservation issue facing our county today is educating the public. "To ensure that there are educational programs for the public so everyone understands the importance of protecting our natural resources. The public needs to be aware of the services available to them through the conservation district" Gailen said.
Jennifer has served on the Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2016.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Hiram College with a Ph.D. in Veterinary Science and BA in Biology.
Chris has served on the Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2012.
Chris is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Geography, Magna Cum Laude.
He believes that locally we must take stock of our abundant resources and plan on implementing effective land and water management practices that will endure whatever global hardships we face. His goal is to work on coordinating efforts to mitigate losses to our natural environment, and to find innovative ways to collaborate on the expansion of our successful conservation program and its legacy.
"Preserving the bond between land, water, and occupants is crucial to improving the character and personality of the country" Chris said.
Nancy has served on the Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2015.
Nancy is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
Her education in veterinary medicine and clinical practice focusing on farm animal production has reinforced her knowledge of natural resource management, land and water usage, and the important relationships between agriculture and conservation principles and programs.
She believes the most important conservation issue facing our county today is how to protect our natural resources during economic growth and population growth. Her hope is to keep production agriculture viable in our community, and at the same time conserve green space for future generations.
Larry has served on the Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2023.
Larry earned his BA degree & Masters in Education from Northern Kentucky University. He is a US Marine Veteran, retired teacher, mentor, Deacon, and family man who loves our country and communities.
As a Commonwealth Ambassador, Larry has 20+years of public service and advocates for our Clean Water, Land, and Clean Air. He has experience working on his family’s farm, assisting with science fairs, community gardens, community clean up, land restoration, and enjoys distributing food from farmers to families in need.
Larry is excited to educate others about the importance of being involved in protecting our natural resources. Larry Owen loves history and science and is ready to include, educate, and serve our communities!
Andrew has served on the Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2021.
Andrew is a retired executive from the Shaw Group and joined the Board of Supervisors in January 2021. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University and is a long-time Kenton County resident. An avid outdoorsman, Andrew recognizes the importance of sustainable environmental management practices in the reduction of soil erosion, improvement of water quality and preservation of natural resources. When asked why he joined the Board, Andrew said, “I’m particularly interested in focusing on urban and suburban residents who can benefit from the District’s environmental education and assistance opportunities along with open green-space initiatives while preserving, protecting and supporting the heritage and sustainable land-use practices of traditional agricultural activities.”
Anita has served on Kenton County Conservation District Board since 2023.
Anita has a BS degree in Social Science from Regents College, New York, and has 23 years of active Army, Army Reserve, and Navy Reserve service.
She has worked in warehouse logistics, real estate, public service, and on several farms and greenhouse operations in the U.S. Anita has 200 acres of conservation grassland in Montana, as well as land in Powell and Menifee Counties in Kentucky.
Living directly on Fowler Creek, Anita has seen how urbanization has diminished watersheds and natural resources, and how homeowner hazards have increased from an erratic climate. She is interested in bringing resources to landowners to address these concerns.
The Kenton County Conservation District Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at 5:00 p.m., located at the Independence Courthouse. For the safety of the public and KCCD Board Members/Staff, meetings may be held virtually from remote locations.
The Kenton County Conservation District (KCCD) will encourage the protection and management of our county’s natural resources, emphasizing the importance of our watersheds, natural environment and agricultural lands. In accordance with state statute, we will actively promote sound land use policies and practices through education and community involvement.
Matt Wooten - District Director
Susan Ramey - Office Manager
Ian Young – Supervisory Natural Resource Manager
Kimberly Barton - Environmental Specialist II / Field Representative for NKY
KCCD is a member of both associations. Members of the Board and KCCD Staff attend the annual KACD Area 5 meeting where 15 KY Conservation Districts come together to discuss and exchange conservation concerns, ideas, and efforts.
OKI-RCC serves as a collegial forum for partners in conservation. KCCD serves as part of OKI-RCC which consists of 9 local county conservation districts from the Tri-State.
Board Supervisors and Staff participate in a monthly 10-Minute Supervisor’s Training sponsored by the KY Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The trainings included duties and
responsibilities, ethical conduct, and record keeping for the conservation district.
Board Supervisors and Staff provide assistance on numerous committees, such as: Strategic Planning Committee and the Technical Task Force for Direction 2030: Members gather ideas and opinions from residents and submit the recommendations; Banklick Creek Watershed Council: Members provide assistance through contacts, expertise, and ideas. Education Committee: Members provide assistance on education and through opportunities for grants and scholarships.
Board Secretary/Treasurer Chris Kaeff participates in the Licking River Watershed Watch program.
Board Secretary/Treasurer Chris Kaeff works with Green Umbrella, NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council, and represents KCCD on the “Taking Root” campaign.
Board Chairman Gailen Bridges represents KCCD on the Kenton County Agriculture Development Council. The council is responsible for administering the County Agricultural Investment Program to promote diversification of agricultural production.
Kenton County Conservation District
P.O. Box 647 / 5272 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please call ahead to schedule an office visit. Appointments are encouraged.
Phone # (859) 356-1019
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