Trevor Irish recalls that he knew very little about land conservation when he became involved with the <a href=”http://bearriverlandconservancy.org/” target=”_blank”>Bear River Land Conservancy</a> through an internship after graduating from Utah State University.
He is now the Director of Community Engagement for the organization which was established to ensure that valuable private lands with public benefits be protected. The organization holds and defends conservation easements on just under 500 acres of land in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich counties and is now <a href=”http://bearriverlandconservancy.org/about-us/staff/” target=”_blank”>looking for its first Executive Director</a>.
It didn’t take long for Irish to realize the importance of watching over the natural habitat because, “once it’s gone it is gone, and it’s very difficult to restore habitat once it has been destroyed.”
He said one day while he was standing in a pristine area on a local flood plain he realized that there are many landowners who want these lands protected.
Asked what his own job involves, Irish said he is involved with fundraising and more.
“That includes stewardship on the Bear River Bottoms,” Irish explains. “I go out a few times a month during the summer and help our stewardship crew remove invasive species, coordinate volunteers, plant more native plants.
“And then I also coordinate and work with our New Projects committee to screen new potential projects that land owners approach us with, new parcels that they would like to put into conservation.”
Irish says because the mission of the Bear River Land Conservancy includes safeguarding of so many interests, it means donations to the organization are tax-deductible.
The Bear River Land Conservancy currently has potential projects preserving agricultural land and open space in Nibley, Providence, and Richmond, as well as protecting important stream, habitat and open spaces near Garden City.
The position of Executive Director will primarily be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. According to the Bear River Land Conservancy, the director’s position is responsible for assisting in the creation of all organizational plans, and primarily responsible for the implementation of the organization’s mission to conserve critical lands.