The Whatcom Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors, who are all local residents. Formed in 1946, the WCD serves all of Whatcom County and is committed to fostering a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the environment.
Supervisors Brochure ( 2.4 Mb PDF)
Whatcom Conservation District's mission is to assist land managers with their conservation choices.
Larry lives in Custer with his wife, Carolyn, who retired in June 2016 after nearly 39 years teaching 4th grade in the Lynden School District. He is an Eastern Washington native; born in Sunnyside, Yakima County. His family moved to Edmonds where he graduated from Woodway High School. Larry has an AA degree from Shoreline Community College and a BA in Political Science from Central Washington University.
Larry moved to Whatcom County after 26 years in public service in Thurston County (Olympia). He was Staff Coordinator and Senior Analyst for the Senate Education Committee for 11 years. Then, he served 12 years as Executive Director for the Washington State Board of Education. He retired in September 2016 after seven years in the travel retail sector.
Larry has served on the Whatcom CD board since May 2009 and has become very involved in a number of roles in the conservation arena: Washington State Association of Conservation Districts Secretary/Treasurer and Area Director; State Conservation Commission member, Washington Conservation Society president, National Association of Conservation Districts Policy Book Task Force member and Pacific Region representative on the NACD Tribal Outreach and Partnerships Resource Policy Group; and service on many WACD and Commission committees. He also serves on the State Envirothon Committee. Larry is the current chair of the Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee.
“I believe in the mission of the Whatcom Conservation District: assisting land managers with their conservation choices. Whatcom County is now my home. I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the board and help advance the conservation of natural resources in this community."
Heather is a fourth generation Whatcom County resident. She lives in the small farmhouse her grandfather built with his father and gardens where her grandmother gardened. This deeply personal connection to the land started in her childhood having grown up spending her afternoons on her grandparent’s farm. Helping farmers with their conservation strategies is work she sees great value in and she is honored to contribute to the amazing work of the Whatcom Conservation District to promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources.
Suzzi Snydar has resided in Everson with her husband Jeff and their three children since 2000. Their family farm has raised Dairy replacement heifers for over 25 years. They also custom harvest grass and corn for Dairy farmers in Whatcom County. Suzzi has always been an inquisitive student to learn and clearly understand Agricultural practices.
Suzzi has a strong interest in advocating for Best Management Practices in the stewardship of natural resources in Whatcom County. She understands the importance of educating the public, beginning at an early age, on how to preserve and protect our land and water. An open-minded thinker, she is also capable of standing firm for what is optimal for the whole County.
Suzzi aims to ensure there is no loss of farmland in Whatcom County, and that all natural resource-based industries which provide food, fiber and energy are served, while still protecting their contributions to the local economy.
For over 20 years a conscientious and vocal advocate for Agriculture, it is Suzzi's desire to raise awareness for landowners of the voluntary, incentive-based programs available that increase their stewardship of their land and natural resources, while preserving Whatcom County for future generations.
Theresa Sygitowicz is a livelong county resident, raised on a dairy, then beef farm. She strives for open and transparent government that respects civil and individual rights, and she is committed to the wellbeing of farmers, residents, and business owners.
She feels that sound farming practices are a benefit to the environment and that real solutions to problems can be found cooperatively. She has long said, “We need to protect our resources, but also to use them responsibly, now and in years to come.”
Sygitowicz appreciates the traditions and values held by residents of Whatcom County, and she will work to protect our quality of life in a way that will assure that our community is safe and secure, with a productive economy that provides family living wages.
Alan has lived in the Laurel area since the late 1980s with his wife Catherine. They have raised two sons on a 6-acre property with a pond and water course draining roads and pastures in the area. We have raised livestock in the past but not recently.
He has been involved in salmon, tuna, trawl and reef fish biology, ecology and fisheries management and development in Canada, Vietnam, and the Pacific Islands prior to returning to the Pacific Northwest in 1985. For the last 30+ years, he was employed in various positions by the Lummi Nation in the Natural Resources Department dealing with fisheries harvest management for maximum sustainable harvest of fish and shellfish and issues related to productivity, environmental and fisheries impacts and harvest sharing according to international, federal and Indian treaty laws. For the last 10 years his efforts have been focused on accommodating the human population growth without destroying the valued environmental goods and services that draw people to the area though the Puget Sound Partnership and its many sub-divisions. He is participating in Whatcom County Watershed Planning, as a well owner and rural land owner with agricultural interests and the Puget Sound Partnership Strategic Implementation Teams for Shellfish and Habitat to support a healthy economy and human population while protecting species, clean water and habitat.
He retired from Lummi in early 2018 but pursues solutions to the longstanding problems associated with preservation of the rural heritage of Whatcom County through wise development of housing and associated infrastructure and employment opportunities to support the health and welfare of the community competing for limited land and water resources without destroying the valued ecosystem goods and services. The Conservation District is a logical venue to pursue the solution of flood, farm, fish and water conflicts.