Branden Bornemann celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Kenai Watershed Forum on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Bornemann will step down as executive director of the nonprofit this month, according to a release from the organization. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Branden Bornemann celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Kenai Watershed Forum on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Bornemann will step down as executive director of the nonprofit this month, according to a release from the organization. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Watershed Forum director steps down

Bornemann has been at the organization since 2011 and took over as director in 2018

Kenai Watershed Forum Director Branden Bornemann will be stepping down from his post at the nonprofit this month, according to a press release from the organization.

Bornemann, who has been at the organization since 2011 and took over as director in 2018, had not responded to a request for comment by press time.

Matt Pyhala, the president of the forum’s Board of Directors, issued the release Wednesday.

“During his role in both leadership operations and in critical environmental projects since 2011, Branden has been the driving force behind KWF’s growth and success as an organization since taking his director position,” the release states.

Bornemann has worked with different nonprofit conservation organizations, as well as interest groups, government agencies and tribal entities.

The board will be looking to fill the executive director position over the next few months, according to the release.

“Again, we cannot emphasize enough the dedication, passion, and motivation Branden has given to KWF over his tenure,” the release states. “We look forward to following the success of his career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter at the Kenai Watershed Forum.”

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna bumps vote on use of accessory housing as short-term rentals

An accessory dwelling unit is a subordinate, detached dwelling unit located on a lot or parcel with an existing residence

Foliage surrounds the Soldotna Police Department sign on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Foliage surrounds the Soldotna Police Department sign on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Law enforcement to host women’s self-defense class in January

Within 48 hours of the course being advertised, 120 women had signed up to participate

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Local hunter credits community members for Thanksgiving rescue

Glover said he didn’t even strike out from his home to go hunting

In this July 13, 2007, photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. (AP Photo / Al Grillo)
EPA proposes restrictions to block Pebble Mine

Mine developer Pebble Limited Partnershi called the EPA’s decision a preemptive veto

Architect Nancy Casey speaks in front of a small gathering at this year’s final Fireside Chat presented by the Kenai Watershed Forum on Nov. 30, 2022, at Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Building with the environment in mind

Kenai Watershed Forum’s Fireside Chats conclude

Johni Blankenship signs her name after being sworn in as Soldotna City Clerk at a city council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Blankenship sworn in as Soldotna city clerk

Blankenship comes to the City of Soldotna from the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Demonstrators hold signs supporting Justin Ruffridge and Jesse Bjorkman for state office on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Nov. 8 election results certified

The outcomes of local races for state office remain unchanged

The Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building is photographed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
4 candidates vie for borough mayoral seat

The special election is slated for Feb. 14

Spruce trees are dusted with snow on Dec. 22, 2020, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Soldotna, Alaska. Some areas of the refuge are open to harvest of holiday trees for non-commercial uses beginning Thanksgiving. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Snowmachine use permitted in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge beginning Dec. 1

Areas now available include those “traditionally open to snowmachine use”

Most Read