Land Trust 2005 board of directors chosen |

Land Trust 2005 board of directors chosen

The Nevada County Land Trust – an organization that works to conserve open space and develop parks and trails for county residents – announced its 2005 board of directors Wednesday.

Penn Valley resident Rich Johansen was selected to serve as the Land Trust’s president. He is a fourth-generation California farmer and owns and operates Johansen Ranch in Orland – a ranch established in 1910 by his great-grandparents. Johansen graduated from the University of California at Davis with degrees in agricultural economics and business management and has served on the Land Trust board for the past five years.

He plans to focus his presidency on the area of conservation easements, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

Greg Fenner, another longtime board member, was chosen to serve as vice president. He is a graduate of Purdue University and earned his MBA at Stanford. He has worked in the field of high-tech electronics and recently finished serving as a chief executive officer of a computer company.

Ron Mathis, a Land Trust board member since 1996, has served as treasurer for the past five years and will continue in that post in 2005. He is retired from a 32-year career with Los Angeles County, where he directed accounting and financial planning activities.

Former Nevada County agricultural commissioner and 11-year Land Trust leader John Taylor will serve as 2005 secretary.

Also serving on the 2005 board of directors are Shari Barley, Ted Beedy, David Beesley, Geri Bergen, John Bilheimer, Paul Carlson, Larry MacMillen, Bill Nickerl, Chris Owen and Lowell Robertson.

For information about the Land Trust, call its Grass Valley office at 272-5994 or visit on the Web.

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