2022 WACD 80th Anniversary Annual Conference & Business Meeting

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November 23, 2022: Happy Thanksgiving and check out our sponsors!
Happy Thanksgiving to all in our conservation community. The past few years have been difficult on every community member so we are thankful for the opportunity to come together at the annual conference in Wenatchee in just five days!

We have a great cast of sponsors this year. Please do visit their links and, at the conference, visit with those who are tabling. They are investing their resources to help you have a great conference experience and we can show appreciation by visiting with them and remembering them when you need their products and services.

CHAMPION sponsors

LEADER sponsors

SUPPORTER sponsors

FRIEND sponsors

HELPER sponsors

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Washington State Conservation Commission

Arrowleaf Consulting

envu

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The McGregor Company

Enduris

Pheasants Forever

Rainier Seeds

JTII

BFI Native Seeds

Plants of the Wild

 

November 18, 2022: Great attendance, speakers, and sponsors
Registration numbers are up, we have some great speakers lined up, and our slate of sponsors is strong. This morning, the number of registrants totaled 140 people and more registrations have been coming in today. We’re going to have a great crowd of conservation-minded folks at the 80th anniversary annual conference!

Check out the featured speakers on the Speakers tab. You may know some of them already so the conference presents a time to renew those relationships. For the folks you don’t know, just add “yet” to that phrase! They would love to meet you.

Our cast of sponsors is strong this year. Find them on the Sponsors tab. Some will have tables set up where you can meet and others may have flyers in the registration packet. Please do take a look at their information and get to know them. WACD is deeply appreciative of the support they are providing for the conference.

Partner reports are available for you on the Partners tab. There is a lot of great information to glean from their reports. Partners help put conservation on the ground!

November 10, 2022: Registration and confirmations
Regular registration for the conference ends on November 18th so please register today! Links to register for the annual are available under the Register tab.

WACD has negotiated group rates at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. Rooms are available at the government per diem rate starting at $98/night for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (November 27, 28, 29, and 30). Reserve your room by November 17th. Links are available under the Register tab.

Speakers are confirming they will be attending and we’ll get speaker profiles posted soon.

A shorter, easier link for the conference is now available: https://hub.wadistricts.org/conference

Sponsors are joining us and partners are sending us their reports.

November 8, 2022: We welcome our sponsors

Please join us in welcoming our newest 2022 Annual Conference sponsors:

  • Champions: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Washington State Conservation Commission.
  • Leaders: Arrowleaf Consulting
  • Supporters: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

An online donation system for sponsors is now available. Find it under the Sponsors tab. Sponsor support of the Annual Conference helps us hold costs down for members and partners, meaning more people can attend and participate. Sponsors also provide great value in the information they share with attendees.

Please do contact any organizations, large and small, that you think would like to support your conservation district work.

November 3, 2022: Online sponsor portal now available

An online donation system for sponsors is now available. Find it under the Sponsors tab.

Sponsor support of the Annual Conference helps us hold costs down for members and partners, meaning more people can attend and participate. Sponsors also provide great value in the information they share with attendees.

Please do contact any organizations, large and small, that you think would like to support your conservation district work.

November 2, 2022: Draft minutes of 2021 business meeting available

Draft minutes of WACD’s 2021 annual business meeting are now available under the Business Meeting tab.

October 24, 2022: Resolutions from area meetings are uploaded and available

Click or tap on the Resolutions tab to find the resolutions that were adopted at area meetings this year.

October 21, 2022: Conference registration now available

20221004 Conservation is Everyones Business

Registration for the WACD Annual Meeting is now open! Registration for the Annual Conference on Monday and Tuesday and for the Business Meeting on Wednesday, whether you’re planning to participate online or in-person, can all be done on one form – just click here.

WACD is offering a single price for conference registration and all meals at $425 per person. As in years past, we are discounting registration for new supervisors to encourage their attendance and meet the statewide community. There will be a dedicated new supervisor training session on Monday morning for supervisors elected or appointed in 2020, 2021, or 2022.

If your district or organization is willing to participate in the district poster session on Monday afternoon, there will be discounted registration for the individual who will be presenting. Each participant will be given a table where you can set up brochures, displays, or demonstration models. That person will be asked to present on a topic the district would be proud to showcase for the statewide audience: whether it be a recent project, a longtime partnership, a successful program, or something else.

Regular registration ends November 18th.

October 11, 2022: Group rate hotel reservations now available
Beginning today, you can make hotel reservations at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. Rooms are available at the government per diem rate of $98/night for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (November 28, 29, and 30).

You can reserve a room in three ways:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 509-662-1234 and indicate you are booking with the Washington Association of Conservation Districts.
  2. Call the hotel’s toll-free line at 800-716-6199 and ask for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts conference to book the room.
  3. Reserve online at CoastHotels.com, making sure to indicate the hotel location, select the room type and dates, and enter the following group code: CWC-GF5136.

Please register by Thursday, November 17th.

October 4, 2022: Meeting slogan selected
WACD Director of Legislative and Member Services, Ryan Baye, found an old meeting slogan in the WACD archives. We are resurrecting it for WACD’s 80th-anniversary annual conference! No year is being put on the logo so that it can be used not only this year but in future years, too.

20221004 Conservation is Everyones Business

August 29, 2022: Convention Center contract signed
On August 29th, WACD signed the contract for the 2022 WACD conference and for the 2023 WACD conference.
August 15, 2022: Dates set, hotel contract signed
The 2022 WACD annual conference and business meeting will be held Monday, November 28th through Wednesday, November 30th. WACD has signed a contract with the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel for special room rates. This conference will mark the 80th year since WACD was formed!
August 1, 2022: Getting started on annual conference planning
We are getting started on developing web pages for the WACD annual conference and business meeting in August.

Registration for the WACD Annual Meeting is open!

Registration for the Annual Conference on Monday and Tuesday and for the Business Meeting on Wednesday, whether you’re planning to participate online or in-person, can all be done on one form – just click here.

WACD is offering a single price for conference registration and all meals at $425 per person. As in years past, we are discounting registration for new supervisors to encourage their attendance and meet the statewide community. There will be a dedicated new supervisor training session on Monday morning for supervisors elected or appointed in 2020, 2021, or 2022.

If your district or organization is willing to participate in the district poster session on Monday afternoon, there will be discounted registration for the individual who will be presenting. Each participant will be given a table where you can set up brochures, displays, or demonstration models. That person will be asked to present on a topic the district would be proud to showcase for the statewide audience: whether it be a recent project, a longtime partnership, a successful program, or something else.

Regular registration ends November 18th.

Hotel reservations

WACD has negotiated group rates at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. Rooms are available at the government per diem rate starting at $98/night for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (November 27, 28, 29, and 30).

You can reserve a room in three ways:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 509-662-1234 and indicate you are booking with the Washington Association of Conservation Districts.
  2. Call the hotel’s toll-free line at 800-716-6199 and ask for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts conference to book the room.
  3. Reserve online at CoastHotels.com, making sure to indicate the hotel location, select the room type and dates, and enter the following group code: CWC-GF5136.

Please register by Thursday, November 17th.

Sessions

November 10: The conference schedule continues to evolve. Some presentations may be recorded. The conference check-in desk will be staffed all day on Monday.

Monday, November 28

Tuesday, November 29

Wednesday, November 30

Breakfast on your own

9:00 am – 11:30 am

  • Focus on New Supervisors & New Managers – If you are new to your conservation district leadership role, this session is for you. Meet new and experienced leaders in the Golden Delicious room. Discuss what it means to lead, govern, and manage, and explore issues in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Lunch will be provided.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch on your own 

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • 12:30 to 2:30 pm: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion – Hear success stories and discuss concerns and challenges with Allen Sutton (WSU) confirmed
  • 3:00 to 4:30 pm: District and vendor tabling session – CDs and vendors are invited to set up displays or posters to showcase their recent successes to conference attendees.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • President’s Reception

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Plated dinner

8:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Breakfast

9:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch buffet

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm: SCC Executive Director Chris Pettit confirmed – introduction and state of the state conservation message
  • 1:00 – 1:55 pm: Enduris presentation by Joe Davis confirmed
  • 2:00 – 2:45 pm: Food Policy Forum Update – with Ron Shultz (SCC) confirmed and Elizabeth Jackson (Cascadia CD) confirmed
  • 2:45 – 3:15 pm: Break
  • 3:15 – 4:10 pm: Policy Update – with Ron Shultz (SCC) confirmedand Alison Halpern (SCC) confirmed
  • 4:15 – 5:00 pm: Water Topics – with Jon Culp (SCC) confirmed
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm: Western Regional Commission Member Meet and Greet

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Networking time

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Dinner banquet and Envirothon auction

8:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Breakfast

Annual Business Meeting Zoom Information

Click here for the Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 850 7252 0753
Passcode: 223545
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9:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch Buffet

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Dinner on your own
  • Conference room rates are available for those who wish to stay over for Thursday’s Conservation Commission meeting

Speakers

Scroll down to learn more about our featured speakers!

Speakers are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

Astor Boozer: Western Regional Conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

Astor Boozer, Western Regional Conservationist, NRCS

Astor Boozer
Astor Boozer

Astor Boozer has served as the NRCS regional conservationist for the West Region since December 2011.

He provides agency and natural resources leadership and support to state conservationists and partners and ensures states effectively manage an extensive portfolio of comprehensive conservation strategies—which includes implementing NRCS’s conservation technical assistance and financial assistance programs on private lands.

Through his leadership, NRCS has addressed water quantity and quality issues and strengthened partnership collaboration and customer service throughout the region. Boozer works to improve private and public lands conservation and help landowners efficiently gain access to USDA technical and financial assistance programs and services. He also helps leverage funding for boots-on-the-ground to deliver voluntary, science-based conservation.

He’s passionate about employee development and works closely with NRCS national and state leadership to provide training, offer temporary career-enhancing assignments, and explore mentoring opportunities to develop future agency leaders.

A native Texan and diehard Cowboys fan, Boozer grew up on a farm and ranch operation where he learned all about agriculture and caring for the land.  During his 34-year tenure with NRCS, he has worked in eight states in a variety of state, regional, and national positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. He appreciates the outdoors and loves to hunt, fish, and ride horses.

West Region States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Pacific Islands Area, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Brynn Brady: President, Ceiba Consulting

Brynn Brady, President, Ceiba Consulting

Brynn Brady
Brynn Brady

Brynn Brady is the President of Ceiba Consulting, Inc., a private consulting firm that specializes in legislative advocacy and government relations services in Washington state. She brings more than 22 years of experience building relationships with elected state and agency officials, city and county governments, businesses and non-profit organizations and representing their issues at the local and state level.

Brynn was raised in Tacoma, WA and currently resides there with her family. After graduating from Washington State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Science, Brynn served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1997-1999. Upon her return, she began her career as a Senior Planner in Pierce County where she had direct involvement in developing local, regional and state land use and natural resource policies and regulations.

She applied this local experience toward a new role in government relations as Pierce County’s primary advocate for land use and natural resource issues and eventually covered other county government interests including budget requests, transportation, economic development and criminal justice.

Ceiba Consulting was created in 2014 in order to realize Brynn’s talents in advocacy and facilitation. In Olympia, she represents clients with a variety of interests including public health, health care, pharmaceuticals, natural resources, environment, land use, technology, business, and local government. Current clients include: Amazon Web Services, Washington State Association of Public Health Officials, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Washington Association of Conservation Districts, Washington Association of Land Trusts, Regional Fisheries Coalition, Audubon Washington, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Bank of America, Détente Management, Special Olympics Washington, Washington State Association of Counties, City of Woodinville and Pierce County Regional Council.

Roylene Comes At Night: State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

Roylene Comes At Night, State Conservationist, NRCS

Roylene Comes At Night
Roylene Comes At Night

Roylene M Comes At Night, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist (formerly Rides at the Door) is the 5th generation raised on her family’s cattle and horse ranch located on the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana. Her family continues to reside on the original allotment the government assigned to her great-greatgrandfather, Rides at the Door.

Comes At Night graduated from Montana State University (MSU), where she majored in Range Science and minored in Soils Science. She grew up in a traditional environment on her family’s ranch and was raised with cultural values of caring for the land. Her father’s work in natural resources and her mother’s role as a science teacher contributed to what she felt was her destiny – a career in conservation. Roylene enjoys mentoring up and coming employees in NRCS. She also enjoys and participates in many tribal ceremonies.

Roylene began work with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 32 years ago as a student trainee. After graduation, she worked full-time as a Soil Conservationist in several local field offices in Montana working with local ranchers, farmers, landowners, and tribes. Her leadership career began when she was promoted to District Conservationist in Shelby, Montana where she supervised employees and directed operations of the local county office. Roylene’s next career move took her to Phoenix, Arizona where she was asked to serve as one of the nation’s first State American Indian Tribal Liaisons. Comes At Night continued her leadership development through a promotion to Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations where she led the operations for 21 local field offices and supervised directly and indirectly 63 employees in South East Oklahoma.

In 2005, Roylene was selected as NRCS’s first American Indian Female State Conservationist of Rhode Island. In this capacity, she worked with the Governor’s office and partners to expand conservation efforts especially involving conservation easements. In 2008, Comes At Night was named State Conservationist of Washington State. She has strengthened agricultural and conservation partnerships, improved outreach to underserved communities and bridged together Tribes, agriculture and conservation partners to better preserve the lands of Washington State. Roylene currently serves as the second longest standing State Conservationist in the nation and resides in Spokane, WA with her husband, Michael and two cocker spaniels Rex and Cody.

Michael Crowder: President, National Association of Conservation Districts

Michael Crowder, President, National Association of Conservation Districts

Michael Crowder
Michael Crowder

Michael Crowder, President of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is a native of southern Indiana and a Partner of his 3rd generation family farm. Since 2001, Michael has been the General Manager of the Barker Ranch, a 2,000+ acre ranch located along several miles of the Yakima River in West Richland, WA, and has been a Partner since 2013. He received an Associate’s degree in natural resources and environmental science from Vincennes University, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental science, as well as a Master’s degree in wildlife science, from Purdue University. Crowder served eight years as an adjunct professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities teaching classes in wetland restoration, wildlife science, and ecology. He is active in agriculture, conservation, and community issues, and serves on many local, state, and national boards and advisory committees. Michael has received both the Benton County and Washington State “Wildlife Farmer of the Year” awards and has been acknowledged by NACD as a “Soil Health Champion”.

Jon Culp: Water Resources Program Manager, Washington State Conservation Commission

Jon Culp, Water Resources Program Manager, Washington State Conservation Commission

Jon Culp
Jon Culp

Jon joined the Commission in January 2001 and serves as the Water Resource Programs Manager. Previously, he worked for the USDA Forest Service, Okanogan County Public Works, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, and as a Natural Resource Planner for the Okanogan Conservation District, where his grandfather had been a board supervisor. He is a US Army veteran with a B.A. in English Literature from Central Washington University. Jon served his local community as a councilmember for the City of Okanogan from 1999 through 2013, Mayor from 2014 through 2022, and as a founding member of the non-profit, Anti-Racism in Okanogan County. While serving as an elected official for almost 22 years, he earned his Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.  A life-member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, he enjoys the outdoors through camping, long-range shooting, hiking, hunting, and photography. A published poet and essayist, he recently moved from Okanogan to Bellingham with his wife, youngest adopted daughter, and three dogs, to attend creative writing classes at Western Washington University.

Joe Davis: Director of Risk Management and Member Relations, Enduris

Joe Davis, Director of Risk Management and Member Relations, Enduris

Joe Davis
Joe Davis

Joe is the Director of Risk Management and Member Relations at Enduris.  Joe joined the Enduris team in 2016, partnering with Enduris members to help with proactive risk and coverage services.

Joe comes to Enduris with over 25 years of insurance experience, mostly in the Commercial Lines insurance arena.  Joe’s professional experience in the industry includes: sales, sales management, risk management, underwriting, and administration.

Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Washington State University (Go Cougs!).  In addition, Joe keeps updated in the insurance industry having earned the professional designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) through the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.

“I look forward to meeting Enduris members where they are at – learning what they do to serve their communities, listening to their needs.”

Tom Dent: Representative, 13th Legislative District

Tom Dent, Representative, 13th Legislative District

Rep Tom Dent
Rep Tom Dent

Tom Dent has been a Columbia Basin resident for nearly 60 years. He became a professional pilot in 1976, and soon after founded Tom Dent Aviation, which offered aerial application, pilot service and flight instruction for area agriculture. Tom also owns the Flying T Ranch, where he lives 7 miles NE of Moses Lake, which raises buffalo, and produces and sells hay.

Sworn into office in 2015, Tom represents the 13th District, which includes Lincoln and Kittitas counties, as well as parts of Grant and Yakima counties. He currently serves as the ranking member on the Children, Youth and Families  Committee, the assistant ranking member on the Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and also serves on the Transportation and Rules committees. Tom also serves on several special legislative committees and caucuses.

His legislative priorities include preventing wildfires through improving the health of our forest and rangeland and initial attack on fire suppression, agriculture issues including the promotion of increased trade, protecting pesticide use and water resource management. Also, as a career aviation professional he prioritizes the protection and expansion of our aviation infrastructure and increased pilot and maintenance technician training.

Rep. Dent cares deeply about providing a safe and positive environment for young people that allows them to grow up and have the same opportunities available to prior generations to become successful.

Finally, Tom is a passionate advocate for mental health reforms that improve the lives of the mentally ill and assist families in helping their loved ones.

Alison Halpern: Scientific Policy Advisor, Washington State Conservation Commission

Alison Halpern, Scientific Policy Advisor, Washington State Conservation Commission

Alison Halpern
Alison Halpern

Alison joined the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) in July 2018. She came to the SCC after working for the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board for thirteen years, first as its Education Specialist and then its Executive Secretary. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, where she studied the ecology of a freshwater invasive plant. Although Alison and her husband Curt are New England natives, they have lived in the Midwest, Southern California, and Upstate New York before calling the Pacific Northwest home.

Elizabeth Jackson: Resource Specialist II, Cascadia Conservation District

Elizabeth Jackson, Resource Specialist II, Cascadia Conservation District

Elizabeth Jackson
Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth joined the Cascadia Conservation District as a Resource Specialist 2 in February 2021. Previously, she worked for the Foster Creek Conservation District, Oregon State University, Mission Ridge Ski School, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and began her early career with the Student Conservation Association. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a Professional Science Master’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration from Oregon State University. She is a current member of the Washington Native Plant Society and the American Fisheries Society and a former member of the Wildlife Society and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Elizabeth brings with her over ten years of experience in resource management having worked with non-profits, local government, state agencies, and federal agencies, including an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as more than five years of experience in conservation planning.

Elizabeth has lived in North Central Washington since 2014 and devotes herself to preserving Washington’s natural resources for future generations. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and fostering for the Humane Society.

Jan Lee: Executive Director, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts

Jan Lee, Executive Director, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts

Jan Lee
Jan Lee

Jan Lee is the Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.  She has held similar positions with the Oregon irrigators (Oregon Water Resources Congress) and other natural resource groups.  She also currently serves as a commissioner on the Oregon Water Resources Commission.

Chris Pettit: Executive Director, Washington State Conservation Commission

Chris Pettit, Executive Director, Washington State Conservation Commission

Chris Pettit
Chris Pettit

Chris joined the SCC team as our executive director in 2022. He’s originally from Chicago, Illinois, and grew up between Chicago, Louisiana, and SW Florida. He received his undergraduate degrees in political history/economics and social theory from New College of Florida. He has a law degree from the University of Florida, an LLM from the University of Cape Town, and he undertook doctoral studies at the University of London. Chris most recently held the role of Director of the Office of Agricultural Water Policy for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Office is responsible for the development and implementation of best management practices on agricultural properties related to water quality and conservation, as well as additional policy and regulatory responsibilities in the achievement of environmental restoration and conservation frameworks. Chris previously served in the offices of counsel for two large regional water management districts in Florida, as well as a Policy and Legislation Manager handling water and environmental issues for Palm Beach County. He also dabbles in international consulting projects specializing in holistic watershed management at the local, regional, and national levels.

Allen Sutton: Executive Director, Office of Outreach and Education, WSU

Allen Sutton, Executive Director, Office of Outreach and Education, Washington State University

Allen Sutton
Allen Sutton

Currently serving as the Executive Director for the Office of Outreach and Education at Washington State University, Dr. Allen Sutton is well-versed in comprehending and navigating issues that prevent a people, organizations, and institutions from being fully  inclusive while developing the professionals and citizens of tomorrow. He is driven to help everyone feel a sense of “fit” within their respective roles on campus and surrounding communities. Utilizing more than 15 years of experience in various offices and departments at both large and small institutions, he works to be an advocate for expanding access to underserved communities by educating and empowering people via workshops, trainings, retreats, and other high impact practice activities. He is married to his college sweetheart, Latoya, and they have two wonderful children, Aresia and Chandler. He is a proud alum of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama. At Southern Miss, he received, both his Bachelor’s (Psychology) and Master’s (College Student Personnel) degrees and at Alabama, he received his Ed.D in Higher Education Administration. His primary research area includes instilling empathy and respect into diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Kevin Van De Wege: Senator, 24th Legislative District

Kevin Van De Wege, Senator, 24th Legislative District

Sen Kevin Va De Wege
Sen Kevin Va De Wege

Kevin Van De Wege is a firefighter, paramedic, husband and father. A lifelong Washington resident, he is serving his second term in the Senate. Prior to winning election to the Senate in 2016, he served five terms in the House of Representatives.

As a young child, Kevin’s parents instilled the core values of family and service in him. When he was old enough to serve his community, Kevin became a volunteer firefighter, eventually deciding to turn it into a full-time career.

He went on to earn degrees in fire administration and fire investigation, as well as paramedic certification. He also received a BA in Social Science from Washington State University and an MA in Public Administration from Fort Hays University.

The chair of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee, Kevin also serves on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.

Kevin’s legislative accomplishments include helping to secure permanent, year-round funding for a rescue tug at Neah Bay, and keeping state parks open to the public even in the midst of severe budget challenges. In 2009, he was presented with a “Sound Hero” award from People for Puget Sound for his work to help protect Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from oil spills.

A proud resident of the beautiful community of Lake Sutherland, Kevin and his wife Jennifer enjoy raising their two teenagers on the Olympic Peninsula.

Sponsors

We welcome our sponsors for the 2022 WACD Annual Conference! (Sponsors, if you’d like to have a blurb about your entity here, please contact Tom and Ryan at .) 

Washington State Conservation Commission

Washington State Conservation Commission CHAMPION sponsor

The Washington State Conservation Commission is a Champion sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) represents the voluntary side of conservation and is the coordinating agency for all 45 conservation districts in our state. Together, SCC and conservation districts provide programs and services that empower people to take actions that keep natural resources and farmland healthy for all. Our goal is for every person in Washington to have the knowledge, tools and capacity to voluntarily conserve natural resources.

Learn more about the agency and the grant programs we run at www.scc.wa.gov. You can also visit our website to learn more about our commission members and commission meetings.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service CHAMPION sponsor

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is a Champion sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

At the Natural Resources Conservation Service, we have a proud history of supporting America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners.

For more than 80 years, we have helped people make investments in their operations and local communities to keep working lands working, boost rural economies, increase the competitiveness of American agriculture, and improve the quality of our air, water, soil, and habitat.
  • Our Mission: We deliver conservation solutions so agricultural producers can protect natural resources and feed a growing world.

  • Our Vision: A world of clean and abundant water, healthy soils, resilient landscapes, and thriving agricultural communities through voluntary conservation.
Washington | Natural Resources Conservation Service (usda.gov)

envu

Arrowleaf Consulting LEADER sponsor

Arrowleaf Consulting is a Leader sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

Arrowleaf Consulting: Our team can help your conservation district do even more. We provide capacity-building, technical, and research support so you can focus on achieving your goals and advancing your mission. Learn more about what Arrowleaf Consulting can provide to your conservation district.
envu

envu LEADER sponsor

envu is a Leader sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

Please see envu's video for more information.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife LEADER sponsor

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is a Leader sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

The McGregor Company LEADER sponsor

The McGregor Company is a Leader sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.
Enduris

Enduris SUPPORTER sponsor

Enduris is a Supporter sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

Enduris is a member-owned, local government risk pool of over 500 special purpose districts in the state of Washington offering comprehensive property and liability coverage along with value-added risk solutions. Enduris serves members who serve their communities!

Find out more at www.enduris.us.
Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever SUPPORTER sponsor

Pheasants Forever is a Supporter sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.
Pheasants Forever Seed Program 2022
Pheasants Forever Seed Program 2022
Pheasants Forever's mission is to conserve pheasants, quail, and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public access, education, and conservation advocacy.

Learn more at https://pheasantsforever.org/ and visit the PF Habitat Store at https://www.pfhabitatstore.com/.
Rainier Seeds

Rainier Seeds SUPPORTER sponsor

Rainier Seeds is a Supporter sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

Rainier Seeds’ production fields lie in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, primarily located in the Columbia Basin of Eastern Washington. Our expert agronomists monitor crop quality from the ground up throughout the growing season. State seed-certification inspectors visit our sites as required to verify compliance with every aspect of the seed production process.
JTII

JTII FRIEND sponsor

Jones Truck and Implement is a Friend sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.
BFI Native Seeds

BFI Native Seeds FRIEND sponsor

BFI Native Seeds is a Friend sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

BFI Native Seeds LLC is committed to preserving local genetics and keeping native grass and forb source-identified seeds available for restoration.


Northwest Farm Credit Services

Northwest Farm Credit Services FRIEND sponsor

Northwest Farm Credit Services is a Friend sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.
Plants of the Wild

Plants of the Wild HELPER sponsor

Plants of the Wild is a Helper sponsor of the 2022 annual conference.

Plants of the Wild continues to grow many varieties of native grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees. While focusing on the Pacific Northwest, our nursery specializes in delivering our products throughout the "lower 48" and even Alaska!

Sponsorship levels

Sponsorship levels for 2022 are shown at the bottom of the page and are also described in last year’s sponsorship letter: WACD 2021 Annual Conference – Sponsorship Letter – FINAL. For 2022, we are keeping the same system in place with the addition of a sponsor table for supporters at or above the $500 level.

If you’d like to be a sponsor, please contact Tom and Ryan at .

We now have an online sponsor support form! We are using Zeffy for support donations. Zeffy is the only zero-fee fundraising software for nonprofits, meaning that 100% of your sponsor dollars go to helping WACD provide the services and support needed by Washington State’s local conservation districts. Sponsors may also send support to our business office (check made payable to “Washington Association of Conservation Districts” or just “WACD”):

WACD Plant Materials Center
16564 Bradley Road
Bow, WA 98232
Attention: Lori McLaughlin

Please note that while WACD is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, donations are not tax deductible.

Envirothon

Jump to the Envirothon site: https://waenvirothon.org/support-envirothon/auction/

Awards

Find information about WACD awards at https://wadistricts.org/wacd-awards.

Resolutions

WACD committees reviewed assigned resolutions and present one of three recommendations to the membership:

  • Vote to recommend passage
  • Vote to recommend passage with amendments; or,
  • Recommend Do-Not-Pass

Background Info on WACD Resolutions

Resolution assignments to WACD Committees

Natural Resources Committee

Legislative, Bylaws, and District Policies Committee

Alternative Resolutions After the First Committee Meetings

2022 Business Meeting

Documents

2021 Draft Annual Business Meeting Minutes (27 downloads)

Click here to view the meeting recording, the Zoom password is the same as for Annual Conference recordings.
Access Passcode: WACD1942!

2022 resolutions are available under the Resolutions tab!

Annual Business Meeting Zoom Information

Click here for the Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 850 7252 0753
Passcode: 223545
One tap mobile:
+12532158782,,85072520753#,,,,*223545# US (Tacoma)

9:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch Recess

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sponsorship levels

Sponsor level:HELPERFRIENDSUPPORTERLEADERCHAMPION
Sponsorship value:$100$250$500$1,000$2,000 or more
Website (1 year):LogoLogoLogoLogoLogo
Newsletter (1 year):LogoLogoLogoLogoLogo
Conference materials:LogoLogoLogoLogo
Session introductions:One 5-minute blockOne 10-minute blockMore than 10 minutes
Showcase videos at conference:Up to 15 minutes of videoUp to 30 minutes of videoUp to 60 minutes of video
Sponsor table in hallway:YesYesYes
Dedicated Zoom room:1.5 hours3 hours
Publish to the Hub: InvitedInvited

Support

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