WACD Operational Status: September 2022
The information on this page is intended for WACD members and partners.
PARTNERSHIPS / PARTNERS
The Executive Director of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts has left CARCD. While they have not published a recruitment for the ED position, it appears they have not filled it yet.
The Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts will be retiring. They have retained Cascade Employers Association to handle the recruitment for an ED, with the hope that the person will be able to start by January 1, 2023. OACD plans to overlap the last few months of the current ED’s term with the new ED. The formal recruitment has not yet been published.
COMMUNICATION & DATA
The password is eight characters long and is formed by the abbreviation (all in capital letters) for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and the year that WACD was formed. This year, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of WACD’s formation in 1942. If those clues don’t help you figure out the password, just drop a note to Tom or Ryan at to get it!
See the list at: https://hub.wadistricts.org/status/all-committees/.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
The three-year action plan recommended by the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was adopted last year by the WACD Board of Directors. Tasks in Year #1 are:
- WACD to compile, and make available to interested conservation districts, a list of resources and best practices for equity, community engagement, and outreach with underrepresented communities.
- WACD will develop a central repository where member conservation districts can access resources, tools, and best practices.
- WACD to engage with the State Office of Equity and learn what existing support WACD and conservation districts may be able to receive from the State.
Find WACD’s three-year action plan and policy: https://hub.wadistricts.org/wacd/committees/cdei/
Members include (in no particular order):
- Alex Case-Cohen (Pend Oreille CD)
- Ashley Smithers (Clark CD)
- Bill Blake (Skagit CD)
- Brandy Reed (Whatcom CD)
- Dana Coggon (Pierce CD)
- Linda Lyshall (Snohomish CD)
- Rosa Mendez (King CD)
- Sarah Moorehead (Thurston CD)
In addition, Tom has invited engagement with NRCS and the Conservation Commission.
CONSERVATION DISTRICT MEETINGS
AREA ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
ANNUAL CONFERENCE & BUSINESS MEETING
- Annual conference (draft): https://hub.wadistricts.org/annual/2022meetings/conference/
- Annual business meeting (draft):
- Addie Candib, American Farmland Trust — AFT is working on the issue of converting farmland to solar farms. Tom asked if Addie would be interested and she said yes.
- Elaine Oneil, Washington Farm Forestry Association — WFFA would like more contact with conservation districts to leverage the trust-based relationships CDs have with private forestland owners and because of wildfire concerns. Tom asked if Elaine would be interested and she said yes.
We should focus our thinking on some specific issues that are important and timely for our community. The first two that come to mind are (1) loss of farmland and (2) wildfire. It might help build/strengthen partnership if we could pair external guest speakers with knowledgeable folks from our community (conservation district, Commission, NRCS, FSA, Extension).
We invite your suggestions, too. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.
We expected the car to be ready around August 6 but got the call a few days before then that it was in. Ryan and Tom drove to West Hills Honda in Bremerton, and after several hours, drove away with a 2022 Honda CR-V AWD Hybrid in Touring trim.
Tom approved purchasing a 7-year, 100,000-mile extended service contract on the vehicle to cover our exposure to a major repair that falls outside the factory warranty period.
From the grant summary: “This project will fund the installation of a Missouri Gravel Bed to facilitate increased production of deciduous trees and shrubs for conservation projects. Missouri Gravel Beds allow for the growing of bareroot plants and extend the transplant window to include fall as well as winter. Public benefit includes better availability, reduction of cost, and an increased success rate when plants are transplanted for restoration projects. A workshop will also be held to educate others on Missouri Gravel Beds.
Project Scope: A 216 sf planting bed producing up to 5,000 plants available for fall planting annually.”
Of course, if plants for projects could be grown under contract with the PMC, that reduces WACD’s risk and eliminates the concern about having the right species available for a particular project. While such projects are funded by state operating funds, it will be hard for districts to contract for future plants. If more project work can be funded with capital dollars, that might pave the way for districts to contract for future production.
- Annual meetings
- Area associations
- Board of Directors
- Member services
- Plant Materials Center
- Staff (including contact information)
Updates to the District Directory were covered last month.
Always yours for conservation,
Tom Salzer, Executive Director