Conservation: Getting to Yes!

2023 WACD Annual Conference & Business Meeting

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Conference News

September 26, 2023: The conference is being built!
Today, we put up a framework of the conference schedule. This remains a barebones schedule but it will soon fill up with speaker names and additional details.

We are excited to share that our sponsors page is also getting busy. Remember, sponsors help keep conference costs in check for you./su_spoiler]

August 27, 2023: This page is a draft!
This annual conference page is currently under construction.

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, 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.

Conservation: Getting To Yes


Schedule for Sunday, November 26, 2023

Sunday Evening

6:00 – 8:00 PM Casual Dinner

Schedule for Monday, November 27, 2023

Monday Morning

Monday morning is oriented to New Supervisors and New Managers

9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome from State Leadership, Initial thoughts, Q&A

9:30 – 10:30 AM Breakout Sessions.

10:30 – 10:45 AM Networking/Exhibitors

10:50 – 11:50 AM – Breakout sessions

Monday Lunch

12:00 – 1: 00 Lunch for morning session participants

Monday Afternoon

Monday afternoon is about Conservation District Elections

1:00 – 1:45 PM Legislative Panel

1:45 – 2:15 Jon Wyss

2:15- 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:45 (repeating 30-minute presentations with a 15-minute break in-between)

4 – 4:45 Presentation/Discussion on 2024 Legislative Priorities w/Brynn Brady & Tom Salzer, and WACD’s Approach

4:45 – 5:15 Commissioner Candidate Forum

Monday Evening

6:30 – 8:30 PM WACD Awards Dinner & Supervisor Recognition

Schedule for Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday morning is the General Session for all
8:30 – 9 AM State Leadership Welcome

9:00 – 9:45 AM Why we said yes to conservation, a cooperator panel.

9:45 – 10:45 AM Dr. Sutton –

10:45 – 11:00 AM Networking/Exhibitors

11:00 – 12:00 PM Breakout Session (repeating 25-minute presentations with 10-minute breaks in-between)

Tuesday Lunch

12 – 1 Luncheon w/WFFA Executive Elaine Oneil

Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday afternoon features the Washington State Conservation Commission

1:00 – 2:45 PM WSCC Updates

  • Executive Director
  • Legislative/Budget
  • Communications
  • Existing Programs Overview
  • Riparian Programs
  • SFF
  • Disaster/Fire/Forest/CWR Programs Update

2:45 – 3:00 PM Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM Enduris Presentation

4:00 – 5:00 PM Board Self Evaluations Panel

4:45 – 5:45 PM Washington Conservation Society Annual Meeting

Tuesday Evening

6:00 – 8:30 PM Envirothon Auction

Schedule for Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Wednesday – WACD Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday is when resolutions are discussed and decided by members

Schedule for Thursday, November 30, 2023

Thursday – WSCC Meeting


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.


We welcome our sponsors for the 2023 WACD Annual Conference! 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 through the information they share with attendees and the relationships they form with members and partners.

CHAMPION sponsors

LEADER sponsors

SUPPORTER sponsors

FRIEND sponsors

HELPER sponsors

Springbrook Express
RDO Equipment CO
Tapteal Native Plants
Banner Bank
Tapteal Native Plants
Tapteal Native Plants
Conservation Commission
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife
Larry Davis
Larry Davis
KR Creative Strategies
Josh M Picture
Monaghan Consulting
Tom Salzer
Tom Salzer

More about our sponsors

Sponsors shown below are grouped by the order in which they agreed to sponsor the WACD annual conference.

Tapteal Native Plants

Tapteal Native PlantsHELPER sponsor

Tapteal Native Plants in West Richland, Washington aims to help you acquire the native plants you seek for your Heritage gardens and drought tolerant landscape projects.

Our mission: To support the interests of gardeners in the Mid-Columbia who enjoy the unique benefits ,both economical and ecological, of native, drought tolerant plants of Eastern Washington State.

envuLEADER sponsor

Envu is a new vision for a company built not from the ground up but on top of 50 years of environmental science experience. Our legacy products are at the core of our new identity and will remain central to all the innovations we will create moving forward. With the right ideas and technology, humanity and nature can bring out the best in one another. At Envu, that’s our mission. Every day, we’re finding breakthrough solutions to reduce threats, restore natural spaces, and respond to any challenge with confidence and precision.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Department of Fish and WildlifeLEADER sponsor

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. Headquartered in Olympia, the department maintains six regional offices and manages dozens of wildlife areas and hundreds of water access areas around the state, offering fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities for the residents of Washington.

EndurisLEADER sponsor

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

Banner BankFRIEND sponsor

More than 130 years ago, we started with core values that will never go out of style: listen, learn, and help people and businesses reach their goals. Our team of experts focuses completely on you, providing the tailored solutions, expert guidance, and local decision-making you need to succeed. Our focus on offering outstanding value along with our financial strength and stability are key reasons Forbes named us one of the World's Best Banks in 2021 and 2020, as well as one of the 100 Best Banks in America in the past five years. It is also why Bauer Financial has repeatedly assigned Banner its top, five-star rating. Find out more at

RDO Equipment CO.SUPPORTER sponsor

Owning and operating equipment involves much more than just having the right machines. You need parts, service, and full support standing behind it. That’s what you get when you partner with RDO Equipment Co. While our foundation may be built on John Deere agriculture equipment, our expertise extends into construction, environmental, forestry, irrigation, roadbuilding, underground, and several types of machine technology from partners including Vermeer, WIRTGEN GROUP, Topcon, and Carlson. Find out more at

SpringbrookCHAMPION sponsor

Over 30 years ago, Springbrook’s founders recognized a need for the power of digital technology to create new efficiencies in the delivery and administration of local government services. From the first line of code ever written, Springbrook’s mission has been to develop tools that help people do their jobs more efficiently and accurately, and to make government work better, for the citizens. As a digital member of your office, Springbrook provides extra hands and eyes, with solutions designed to reduce the burden on personnel. Find out more at

Conservation CommissionCHAMPION sponsor

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) works to conserve natural resources on all lands in Washington state, through voluntary and incentive-based programs, in collaboration with conservation districts and other partners. SCC is the coordinating state agency for all 45 conservation districts (CDs) in Washington State. Together, the SCC and CDs provide voluntary, incentive-based programs that empower people to practice conservation and ensure healthy natural resources and agriculture for all. Find out more at

WeyerhaeuserSUPPORTER sponsor

For more than a century, we’ve been growing trees and making forest products that improve lives in fundamental ways. We manage our millions of acres of forests on a continuous and fully sustainable cycle. We are responsible stewards of our land for multiple uses, including recreation, conservation, economic development, and different forms of renewable energy. And the wood products we make are used to build homes where families are sheltered and raised. We’re proud of what we do and how we do it, and we invite you to learn more. Find out more at
Larry Davis

Larry DavisFRIEND sponsor

In May 2021, Larry completed 12 years as a member of the Whatcom Conservation District Board of Directors. At that time, he self-termed out and shifted his status to Associate Supervisor. He remains involved with the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) as Co-chair of the Tribal Relations Committee of WACD. He also participates on three committees of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD): 1) Chairs the Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group; 2) Chairs the reinstituted NACD Policy Book Task Force; and 3) Serves on the NACD Special Committee on Bylaws. Away from these responsibilities Larry is a member of the Washington State Envirothon Committee and is a long-time member and President of the Washington Conservation Society.
Josh M Picture

Monaghan ConsultingFRIEND sponsor

Monaghan Consulting partners with Conservation Districts and other mission-driven organizations on action-oriented planning (strategy, implementation, assessment), organizational development support, and collaborative problem-solving. Josh (Principal) has 30 years of experience working in natural resource conservation. Twenty-four years were with King Conservation District (1996-2020), where he helped grow the food and farm programs and services, partnered on efforts that doubled district programs and funding, and broadened and deepened many vital partnerships and collaborations. In 2021, Josh served as Interim District Manager at Whidbey Island Conservation District. Current clients include conservation, watershed, and farming-focused districts and nonprofits. Find out more at

KR Creative StrategiesSUPPORTER sponsor

We offer efficient and effective creative communication strategies. Our people, experience, and passion for the physical world make us a unique fit for those seeking new solutions. We are not just a contractor for our clients. We serve as members of their team, offering creative solutions to complex problems and exciting opportunities. We are committed to championing their goals and sharing their vision. Grounded in sincere, honest communication both internally and externally, we walk with our clients through it all. Through thoughtful, genuine, and creative conversations we build strategies that connect people and impact communities. It's our job to make people care. Find out more at
Tom Salzer

Tom SalzerFRIEND sponsor

Tom serves Washington's 45 conservation districts as Executive Director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts. He has been a member of the conservation district family for 31 years.

Sponsorship levels

Sponsorship levels for 2023 are the same as in 2022.

Sponsorship value:$2,000 or more$1,000$500$250$100
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Session introductions:Yes! More than 10 minutesYes! Up to 10-minutesYes! Up to 5-minutes
Showcase videos:Up to 60 minutes of videoUp to 30 minutes of videoUp to 15 minutes of video
Sponsor table in hallway:Yes!Yes!Yes!
Dedicated Zoom room:3 hours1.5 hours
Publish to the Hub: InvitedInvited


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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

2023 Business Meeting


2021 Draft Annual Business Meeting Minutes (624 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
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9:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch Recess

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Monday Afternoon Recording

Due to the technical difficulties experienced during Monday's conference session, no recording is available at this time. WACD is working to recover a usable recording of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Successes and Challenges session.

Tuesday Morning Recording

This recording includes the Opening Session, the 2023 Farm Bill Session with NRCS Western Regional Conservationist Astor Boozer and NACD President Michael Crowder, and the 2023 Legislative Session Panel with Senator Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Tom Dent.

Tuesday Afternoon Recording

This recording includes the Conservation Commission's programming block, including: a presentation by Enduris, a Food Policy Forum update, Commission Policy updates, updates on Washington water topics, and the Meet and Greet for the Western Regional Commissioner candidates.

Wednesday Recording

This recording covers the entirety of the 2022 WACD Business Meeting.


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