- Encourage cooperation and collaboration between conservation districts and other partners (e.g. state and federal agencies, tribes, local government, non-governmental organizations)
- Facilitate ways for conservation districts to serve natural resource partners in delivering resource conservation programs and activities to their local community.
- Coordinate and assist conservation district programs, administrative procedures, operations, elections, and accountability systems.
- Determine the distribution of state funds to conservation districts and monitor their expenditure.
The Commission consists of a 10-member governing board representing Governor appointees, other state agencies, and conservation districts. A small staff carries out the direction of the board, provides direct service to conservation districts, and coordinates the work of the Commission and districts with other natural resource and agricultural partners. While our headquarters office is located in Lacey, we have agency staff in several communities around the state, including: Okanogan, Spokane, Goldendale, and Yakima. See the Agency Org Chart.
Who sits on the Commission board?
Our board members hail from across Washington State and include people with experience in ranching, farming, law, management, public service, natural resource management, and more.
Three members are elected by the Washington Association of Conservation Districts. Four members are appointed to represent state agencies. Two members are appointed by the Governor. And, one member represents the executive director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts.
Interested in becoming a Commissioner? Find out more: http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions.