Whatcom Conservation District (District)
Notice of Election
An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. All registered voters residing within Whatcom County may vote in person at that date, place, and time or by mail. Mail-in ballots were only available upon request, which must have been made no later than 4:00 pm on February 14, 2017.
The Mail-in Ballot request period has ended. You may vote in person on March 14th at the Whatcom CD.
Click on the candidate's name below to see their bio and candidate statement.
(Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.)
Requests for mail-in ballots, candidate filing materials, or other election information and procedures can be made on-line, by phone (360-526-2381 x 101) or at the District office.
Please note: future election information will be posted ONLY on the Whatcom Conservation District website.
Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) Notice of Appointed Position Available
WCD is seeking candidates for a Board position appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. All CD supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the WCD. Applicants for appointed position must be a Washington State registered voter, but do not have to live within the district to apply and may be required to own land or operate a farm. For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact WCD at (360) 526-2381 or visit the Conservation Commission website at www.scc.wa.gov . Applications and supporting materials must be received by the Commission no later than March 31, 2017. Click here to go to the Appointed Position Application.
Do you want to become a District Supervisor or Associate?
Each Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. Our current board is a diverse group of people who are interested in natural resource management, including a dairy producer, a small farmer, a retired forester, retired administrator and a retired educator. Click here to meet our current board members.
Conservation districts are a special district chartered under RCW 89.08 etseq to develop and implement programs to protect and conserve Soil, Water, Prime and Unique Farmland, Rangeland, Woodland, Wildlife, Energy, and other renewable resources on nonfederal lands. Districts also stabilize local economies and resolve conflicts in land use.
If you want to get involved or become an associate supervisor contact the district or attend the monthly board meetings. Our Board meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month in our conference room.
Supervisor Role & Responsibilities
- Identify local natural resource conservation needs and develop and evaluate programs to meet them.
- Educate and inform landowners, farm operators, the general public, and local, state and federal legislators on conservation issues and programs.
- Supervise other volunteers and paid staff working with the District and coordinate with other agencies that partner with the District.
- Administer the District by delegating tasks through a structure of board officers and committees. Budget district funds and report on activities to the public.
- Coordinate assistance and funding from Federal, State, and local government, District associations, and private groups.
- Set policy for staff to implement.
- A Supervisor’s term of office is three years. Supervisors are expected to attend 12 regularly scheduled board meetings per year, committee meetings, and other special meetings, for an average of 20 days/year.
- Satisfaction in seeing conservation practices applied locally
- Interaction with others who are passionate about natural resource conservation
- Ability to provide input to local, State, and Federal conservation programs
- Training through the Washington Conservation Commission and the Washington Association of District Employees.
For more information on what a Supervisors/Board Members responsibilities are click here.
If you have any questions regarding elections or serving on the Board, contact Dawn Bekenyi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-526-2381 x 101.