Ogden Valley Land Trust - Preservation Preservation Stewardship

A local non-profit charitable organization that holds voluntary conservation easements for landowners who wish to protect and preserve their property while retaining ownership.

Conservation easements may benefit landowners by creating immediate tax benefits created from initial easement donations, savings to heirs on inheritance taxes and annual property tax savings.

The Ogden Valley Land Trust can advise landowners regarding the advantages and benefits of conservation easements even as the land remains in private ownership.

There are many options and types of easements. Easements may be custom designed to fit the individual conservation objectives, financial needs and desires of landowners and their heirs.

The Ogden Valley Land Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization with local landowners and residents acting as its trustees. The trust currently holds conservation easements on several thousand pristine acres within Ogden Valley and the surrounding area. The trust acts as a steward in perpetuity and depends on donations to manage and maintain its easements as legally designed and designated.


The Ogden Valley Land Trust needs your help. Please make a donation today. Be part of protecting and preserving quality open space so our children and future generations can experience their unique heritage.

Ogden Valley Land Trust Board Members, 2016

Gail Meakins – Chair, g.meakins@gmail.com

Gregory A. Booth – Co Chair, gregabooth@gmail.com

Ruby Raccasi – Treasurer, raccasi@msn.com

Gary Jensen – Secretary, garyjensen@aol.com

Shanna Francis, slfrancis@digis.net

Dave Holmstrom, dave.whiterim@gmail.com

Marlin K. Jensen, jensenmk@ldschurch.org

Kirk Langford, klang7320@aol.com

Mike Malmborg, mmalmborg@djplaw.com

Eric B. Storey, eric.storey@zionsbank.com

Gail Meakins (Chair)
Gail joined the OVLT in 2015 and took over as Chair in July 2016. She spent over 20 years in education and recreation as an athletic administrator, teacher, and gymnastics and swimming coach at the club, high school, and collegiate levels, including stints at the United States Air Force Academy and Cornell University, Park City School District, and Judge Memorial Catholic High School. She holds a B.A. in Physical Education from California State University at Sacramento, a MA in Physical Education from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Utah. Gail was a PhD candidate in Urban Planning (ABD) from the University of Utah, focusing on the relationship between our environment and public health. She is an avid hiker, swimmer, runner, and passionate advocate of public access to open space and nature and the preservation of historical and natural landscapes.

Gail and her husband Mark live in East Huntsville. They have two grown children.

Gregory A Booth (Co-Chair)
Greg was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He graduated from Ogden High School 1965, from Weber State College in 1970 with a B.A. in Zoology, and from Georgetown University Dental School in 1974. Greg went into dental practice with his father Dr. Harry Booth in 1974. Greg and Rita married in 1968, and have four children—two daughters and two sons. They now have ten grandchildren—nine grandsons and one grand princess! They moved to Huntsville in 1981.

Greg states that his passion for open spaces and wilderness encouraged him to become involved with Ogden Valley Land Trust. Greg adds, “I know that conservation and good stewardship of land is important to preserve open space for future generations.”

Greg and Rita enjoy hiking, biking, boating (river running), skiing, and spending time with family.

Ruby Fuller Raccasi (Treasurer)
Ruby is a fifth generation Ogden Valley (Eden) resident and has served on the OVLT board since 2010 as Treasurer.  She earned a bachelor degree from Weber State College [University] in 1974 and then enjoyed 34 years of civilian federal service working in Washington, DC, Geneva, Switzerland, and Camp Lejuene, NC, before returning to Utah.  For most of her federal career Ruby worked in human resources and the majority of her time was spent at Hill Air Force, Utah, where she served as the Labor Relations Officer prior to her retirement in 2008.  

Ruby has two children and two grandchildren.   She currently serves as the secretary of the Eden Irrigation Company, on the board of the Weber Association of Master Gardeners, and on the Weber State University (WSU) Alumni Association Emeriti Alumni Council.   She was previously a member of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as President in 2008-2009.

Gary Jensen (Secretary)
Gary joined the OVLT in 2009 and has been Secretary since 2011. He was born in rural Michigan near Grand Rapids and was raised on their family’s dairy farm. After high school, he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Trade Technical Education from Ferris State University in Michigan with a Mechanical Design major. He worked as and completed Journeyman Tool & Die Maker and Tool & Die Designer requirements. Later he completed a Master’s Degree in Business from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He served nine years as a commissioned officer in the MI Army National Guard, with the last few years as a Company Commander of the state’s largest Maintenance Company.  After working several years as a designer and engineer at a components manufacturing division of General Motors Corporation, he made a career move into technical sales as a manufacturer’s rep and sales engineer.  As the owner of his own small business, Jensen Engineered Systems, Inc. for 14 years prior to retirement, his specialty was factory automation and special machines for small part manufacturing.

Gary and his wife Diane retired and moved to Eden in 2006 for the mountains, blue skies, and skiing. They were attracted to a familiar and beautiful rural setting. They have four children and three grandchildren. They still own property on a National Scenic River in Michigan. A few years ago they entered into a conservation easement on this property in an effort to preserve its open space qualities while limiting development. This is where Gary was introduced to, and became interested in, land trust organizations.

Shanna Francis
Shanna graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Weber State University, and attended the University of Utah, obtaining two Master’s Degrees—one in Public Administration with an emphasis In Urban Planning, and another in Middle East Studies. She also studied at Tartu University in Estonia, Moscow State University in Moscow, and Bogazici University in Istanbul; and is completing a PhD from the University of Utah in Political Science.

Shanna worked for Ogden City Corp. in their Community Development Dept. in both the community development and current planning offices; and was employed by the Utah Association of Conservation Districts (UACD), working under the auspices of the Utah Dept. of Agriculture, partnering and consulting with the state’s Soil Conservation Districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Forest Service, Farm Bureau, and many other local, state, and federal agencies and NGOs involved in natural resource conservation. She served as a Zone Coordinator for UACD, coordinating conservation efforts within five Utah counties.

She has worked as a Technical Writer/Editor, developing and writing water management and conservation plans in conjunction with mandates from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and for both Shipley Group, Inc. and JB Environmental, developing Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents under NEPA guidelines.

She also founded and co-owns SR Communications, publisher of The Ogden Valley News, serving as its managing editor.

Volunteer work includes serving on and chairing the initial Eden Planning Committee which evolved into the community Growth with Excellence Mandate (GEM) committee, and serving on The Ogden Valley Land Trust Board since 1999.

Dave Holmstrom
Dave was the founder and owner of a packaging business in Ogden, The Packager Inc. He and his family moved to Ogden Valley almost 40 years ago and have been involved in environmental and planning issues for many years. Dave was a founding member of a number of organizations, including Weber Pathways, GOAL, RAMP and Ogden Valley Land Trust. He has served on numerous boards over his lifetime: the Golden Spike Arena Board, Union Station Board, Chamber of Commerce Spikers, Weber County Career Service Council, Public Lands Advisory Council, Governor Leavitt’s Transition Team, Ogden Valley Pathways, Ogden Valley Land Trust, fundraising chair for RAMP Works, and chairman of the RAMP board. He is currently serving on the Weber Morgan Board of Health, and has been a volunteer for Greater Yellowstone Association, GOAL, LOTOJA and numerous other non-profits that he and his family have supported over the years.

Dave is a fierce advocate for the preservation of open space, especially as it concerns Ogden Valley where density will be the enemy of clean air and water.

Marlin K. Jensen
Marlin has lived and worked on a family farm in Ogden Valley for three quarters of a century. He is a former practicing attorney and general officer of the LDS Church. He currently serves on the Utah State Board of Regents, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Board of Trustees, the Weber County Intergenerational Poverty Advisory Commission, and the Board of the Community Foundation of Ogden Valley. He has been married for 50 years to the same wonderful lady. Their eight children and thirty-two grandchildren help them stay very interested in the future of Ogden Valley.

Kirk Langford
Kirk, an Ogden, Utah native, attended Weber State College and graduated with a B.S. in Park Planning and Resource Management from the University of Utah. He competed in athletics and lettered in NCAA Collegiate Ski Racing at both institutions.

His work experience began on his aunt and uncle’s dairy farm in Eden, Utah as a very young boy. During college he worked as a park ranger for Utah State Parks and Recreation and at prominent ski shops in Ogden and Salt Lake City. His career in the outdoor winter sports industry began at Rossignol in marketing. At Salomon, he was involved in competition services and product development design, and as product manager for North America and Japan. Langford worked at Marker for more than 20 years, holding several key management positions before becoming Executive Vice President. Today he is Vice President of Sales at Descente North America, and owner of Pyramids Creative.

Kirk has a passion and love for the earth, environment, land, open spaces and outdoors. He leads an active outdoor lifestyle—farming, skiing, white water rafting, fly-fishing, backpacking, waterskiing, cycling, etc.

He has deep roots in, and a lifetime attachment to Ogden Valley. Kirk and his wife Beje Bohannan live in Eden and actively work their small 40-acre farm.

Langford has served as a past board of director for Marker USA, Ski Utah, and the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation.

Mike Malmborg
Mike graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Weber State University, and attended the J. Rueben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Following law school, Mike served as a law clerk for Associate Chief Justice Michael J. Wilkins of the Utah Supreme Court.

Mike’s father, an Ogden City Police officer, and mother, an elementary teacher, have a love for the outdoors and a devotion to conservation, and they passed that love to their son. During his youth, Mike spent weekends with his dad working (and playing) in and around the family mine, the last working mine located in the Cottonwood Canyons of Utah. Following a two year church service mission to England, Mike married a girl from Huntsville, who convinced him that this is the place to be (she was right). Mike now spends his adult life enjoying the beauty of the Ogden Valley with his wife Victoria and their four children. They enjoy bike rides to the Monastery, clear cool nights, and spending time with family and friends throughout the valley.

Mike is a shareholder of the law firm Durham Jones & Pinegar. His legal practice focuses on estate planning, probate administration, and business and real estate transactions. Mike represents individuals, families, business owners, charitable foundations, and business entities in a variety of legal matters.

Eric B. Storey
Eric is currently Senior Vice President and Manager of Corporate Properties for Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. In that position, he oversees property management, construction/project management, and purchase/leasing of bank properties. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker, Certified General Appraiser, and Continuing Education Instructor in the state of Utah.

Mr. Storey holds the CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, the CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute, the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute, and the DREI designation from the Real Estate Educators Association.

Eric is also the founder and CEO of the Equity Capital Institute (ECI). ECI publishes articles and creates financial spreadsheets used to analyze equity positions used in real estate investments. Eric recently co-authored “Profitable Real Estate Analysis, The Capital Puzzle.”