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Board of Supervisors

What is the Board of Supervisors?

Each Conservation District is governed by a board of publicly elected Supervisors who are residents of the District. There are five elected or appointed supervisors per District, each serving a five-year term. By statute, a Supervisor must meet the following minimum requirements: reside within the boundaries of the District, be, by training and or experience, qualified to perform the services required of them, and may not be an employee of the federal government.

The Supervisors' responsibilities include: developing and supporting the District's mission, guiding program priorities based on local natural resource needs, working with the staff and providing financial oversight.

Board of Supervisors' 

Recent Meeting Minutes

2024: Jan, Feb, March, April

2023: Jan, Feb, March, May, June, August, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

2022: Jan, Feb, March, May, June, July, August, SeptDec

2021: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, August, Oct, Nov, Dec

2020: FebMarchMay, June

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Meeting Minutes

Become an Associate Supervisor

Are you interested in serving as a Supervisor for the Franklin County NRCD? We are seeking candidates to learn how to be a Supervisor without a present commitment in hopes that as our existing Supervisors retire, we will have folks lined up to continue the great work of the District.

 

Please contact us at info@franklincountyNRCD.org to learn more!

Become an Associate Supervisor
Former Supervisors

MEET THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Richard Noel, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

Richard Noel

Chair

Richard began serving on the Board in the 1980s. Born in Connecticut to French Canadian parents, soon moved to Vermont to join farming relatives. He started haying when he was 9 years old and has worked on farms all his life. From 1972 to 1999 he ran his own dairy on the headwaters of the Rock River in Highgate, and continued haying until 2017. He likes to help the NRCS and District bring information to farmers. Because he knows the area so well, he brings local knowledge to staff who come from out of state. He still has a 45 acre farm where he sugars and hays. Reach Richard at 802-868-4162.

Molly Magnan, a member of the board of supervisors.

Molly Magnan

Supervisor

Molly grew up in St. Albans. She attended BFA and then UVM, where she received a degree in Chemistry. She worked three years in an environmental testing laboratory in Williston. Since then, she has been teaching physics and environmental science at BFA. Her husband owns and operates a farm with his brothers in Fairfield, on which they raise their three children.

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Vicky Drew

Treasurer

Vicky is originally from a small mining town in southeastern California.  After traveling for a few months after high school, she landed at the University of Georgia where she earned a BS in Agronomy with an emphasis in soil science. She joined the Soil Conservation Service (now the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service) in 1983 as a student intern and continued to work for the agency for 38 years in Georgia, Rhode Island, and Vermont, along with temporary appointments in Virginia and Washington DC.  She has worked with a variety of agricultural producers throughout her career on all types of natural resource issues.  Most recently she served as the State Conservationist for VT NRCS, where she helped form the Vermont Ag Water Quality Partnership, and guided NRCS’ programs, policies, and staff to assist private landowners in addressing their water quality needs, as well as other high priority concerns.  Vicky retired from NRCS in 2021.  She and her husband Greg reside on a small farm in Georgia, Vermont, and both volunteer on several community based organizations.  Vicky looks forward to using her knowledge of conservation, agriculture and state/federal policies to help guide the District in developing and implementing a strong conservation program in Franklin County.

Phil Parent, vice chair of the board of supervisors.

Phil Parent

Associate Supervisor

Phil grew up helping his dad on the family farm in Enosburg, and as a high-schooler at Bellows Free Academy he was an active member of FFA and 4-H. On buying the farm from his dad in 1987, Phil quips, “That’s when he saddled me with debt forever.” Before joining the Conservation District in 2000, Phil was involved with a local group helping farmers with record keeping and nutrient management. Today he serves on the District’s board as a way to give a voice to farmers in the community and make a positive difference. Reach him at 802-933-2382.

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Carissa Stein

Vice Chair

Carissa resides on a forested hillside in Montgomery where she strives to learn from the land and all that inhabit it. Originally from a little farm in rural Virginia, she traveled place-to-place in the military while serving as a Weather Forecaster till 2009. After which she went to college in Bozeman, Montana for Rangeland Ecology. In 2014, she took residence in Vermont, happily found herself back in agrarian culture while working for farmers at Natural Resources Conservation Service till December 2021. Her hope is to serve the dynamic community with evolving balance and connection.

Dan Pipes displaying his deer catch in the back of a pick up truck.

Dan Pipes

Supervisor

Dan Pipes is our newest board member. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Fairfield. They have two daughters who grew up here.

Their land is an interesting blend of hayfields, orchards, wetlands, ponds, streams, sugar woods, and mixed softwood/ hardwood forests. Dan served in the Army and the Army National Guard for 31 years, including multiple deployments across the world. Dan speaks German, some Polish, and can be rude to you in Dari.

Dan brings infectious enthusiasm for woodlot management to our board. He is interested in improving the health and composition of our natural resources, with an eye on long term sustainability.

Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Western Maryland college, and a Masters degree in National Security/ strategic planning from the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

Retired since 2019, Dan stays busy tending to his gardens, orchards, woodlots, bees, hunting fishing, and helping neighbors, especially during the spring.

FORMER SUPERVISORS

A photo of a previous member of the FCNRCD board of supervisors.

Doug Lantagne

Former Supervisor

Doug is a trained forester and worked for UVM Extension for over 17 years on natural resources issues. On the Board of the Conservation District, he hoped to continue to serve the people of Franklin County related to water quality and natural resources management. The District is important, he says, because it provides support and knowledge to individuals in the county wanting to be better land stewards. Doug lives in Fairfax and began serving for the Franklin District in 2017. Doug's term ended in 2020. 

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Eileen Trudell

Former Supervisor

Eileen became a supervisor in 2015. She grew up on a farm in Fairfield and went on to own and operate a dairy and maple farm with her husband Garry, which they still operate. They have raised four children there and now have one grandchild. Eileen is also a retired dental hygienist after 35 years in the profession. As a Vermont farmer, caring for the environment is just a part of who she is. Eileen's term ended in 2021.

A photo of a previous member of the FCNRCD board of supervisors examining a soil sample.

Daton Fleury

Former Supervisor

Daton (center) began serving on the District board in 1967 and has farmed all his life. He served because he wanted to see what all the farmers are doing, and help them in any way that he could. At one point, he had the best manure storage system around, because it had a roof on it. This picture is at the close of the Vermont Soil Survey, in 1965. Daton served the District for over 50 years, many of them as the Chair of the Board!

Adrian Rainville, member of the board of supervisors.

Adrian Rainville

Supervisor

Adrian is a retired lifelong dairy farmer in Franklin, VT who joined the Board of Supervisors in February 2021. He loves working with livestock, working with the land, and making improvements. His land is a great home to wildlife and birds that he enjoys watching and creating habitat for. He is driven to keep supporting farmers to work with nature and is excited to bring his ideas to the Franklin County NRCD.

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