Conservation the Idaho Way

Idaho is endowed with a magnificent blend of diverse natural landscapes –- rivers, lakes, mountains, forests and desert canyons -- combined with rich and fertile agricultural lands well suited for growing a wide variety of crops and raising livestock.

People who work in Idaho agriculture have deep roots in the land. They know that caring for the land will reap benefits for future generations.

"Conservation the Idaho Way" reflects the conviction that the very best way to care for and enhance the soil, water, air, plants and wildlife is through voluntary, locally led projects.

Our philosophy is to use the state’s natural resources to benefit Idaho people while maintaining and improving those resources for future generations. 




March 16, 2017

(Boise) - Governor Otter is seeking applicants to fill the remainder of a term on the five-member Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission Board representing southern Idaho’s District 4. Commissioner Glen Gier of Twin Falls has announced his retirement from the Board effective June 30, 2017. His term extends through June 30, 2020.

Gier, a farmer and retired Idaho Air National Guardsman, Snake River Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor, and former Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts board member was appointed to the Commission in 2015. He and his wife LaJune plan to move to Arizona. Gier is well-regarded for his agricultural background, dedication to voluntary conservation, and thoughtful, even temperament.

“Glen will be hard to replace,” says administrator Teri Murrison, “He’s brought a perspective and demeanor to the Board that is much appreciated. Glen and his wife LaJune are excited about the warmer weather and their upcoming move. We wish them the best in their new life.”

The Commission provides technical assistance and programs to accomplish voluntary agricultural stewardship projects throughout the state working with local conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other partners. Board members are appointed by the Governor to five-year terms. The Board appoints and supervises the Commission’s administrator.

For more information on the appointment, contact Ann Beebe in the Governor's office at 208-334-2100 or by email at Further information about the Commission’s programs can be obtained by visiting or by calling Teri Murrison at 208-332-1790.