Liz Northrup, District Manager

My name is Liz Northrup and I was hired as the District Manager for the Longmont and Boulder Valley Conservation Districts in September of 2017. 

I was born and raised in New Jersey before heading south to Clemson University in South Carolina to earn my degree in Natural Resources.  

Having worked as a forestry technician, natural resources monitoring specialist, and an ecologist, I bring extensive natural resources experience to the Districts. I look forward to contributing to the exceptional programming, educational opportunities, and public outreach that the Conservation Districts have to offer.  

I'm excited to start my journey here with the Conservation Districts and look forward to working with many of you soon! 

 District Conservation Technician - Vacant

District Forester - Daniel Bowker

Hi everyone, my name is Daniel Bowker and I’m the new forester working for the Longmont and Boulder Valley Conservation Districts. I started in April of 2018, with funding from a National Association of Conservation Districts grant, along with match from the districts. I will be working on Environmental Quality Incentives Pro-gram contracts in the districts that have a forestry component, which in this area mainly means forest thinning for fire, insect, and disease mitigation, and treatment of slash (limbs and tops) that is created during thinning work.

My wife Cheryl and I are from central Kentucky. We moved to Colorado in 2010, and are raising our daughter Evelyn in Fort Collins. My forestry education was at the University of Kentucky, and after I completed my degree I worked as the Management Forester for UK’s Robinson Experimental Forest in the Appalachian part of Kentucky for five years. After moving to Colorado, I worked for the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station on projects related to the mountain pine beetle outbreak, then for the past five years, I was employed at Colorado State University as program manager for a long term research effort in the Loch Vale watershed of Rocky Mountain National Park. The best day for me is spent in the woods, and I thoroughly enjoy walking properties with landowners, listening to their resource concerns, and addressing those concerns while keeping the focus on the health of the larger landscape.

Sara McLaughlin is the Summer Field Coordinator for the Mediterranean Sage project. Jayden Imes is the summer technician. 

Sara will be working with the Conservation Districts from May 10 through August 10.  Her responsibilities will be to work with landowners in the Mediterranean Sage area of Boulder County to continue to eradicate the noxious weed.  There are about 1300 acres of land between US Highway 36 and US Highway 119 that have some infestation of the Med Sage. 

Mediterranean Sage (Salvia Aethiopis) is a List A noxious weed that is from the mint family and is an escaped ornamental.  Med Sage is a short-lived perennial that in its first year is a rosette of 7-10 leaves and the second year shoots a "candelabra" 2-3 feet tall with showy white flowers.  The plant flowers in May and June with seed set in July and August.  The seeds (up to 100,000) are dropped as the flower head breaks off and becomes a tumbleweed.  The noxious weed invades pasture, rangeland, meadows, riparian areas, rights-of-way and other open areas.  The tumbleweed is often caught in yucca plants or fence rows so you may find a large infestation of plants in those areas.

If you see any of the plants on your property, please give Sara a call at
(720) 378-5521 so that she can check out the plants and help with eradicating them from your property.



Liz Northrup has been with the Districts since 2017.

Cyn Coyle has been hired as the District Conservation Technician for 2018.

The Districts also hire a summer field coordinator for their Mediterranean Sage project.


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