Regional Managers

In order to best serve all 45 conservation districts in Washington, the Conservation Commission has “Regional Managers” assigned to different geographic regions across the state. Regional Managers work one-on-one with conservation districts in their area. Their in-depth knowledge of both local and state issues helps Regional Managers perform several duties assigned to the Conservation Commission by the Legislature in RCW 89.08, including assisting conservation districts with:

  • Conservation program planning, implementation, and monitoring
  • District operations, such as accounting/auditing procedures, elections procedures, and board member orientations.
  • Project management (annual and long-range work plans)
  • Coordination of district projects/programs with other local, state, federal, and tribal partners.

Regional Manager Map

Click on a region to view contact information and areas of expertise for each regional manager.

For more information about Regional Managers, please contact Ray Ledgerwood, 208-301-4728.

Regional Manager Map
Puget SoundSouthwestSouth CentralSoutheastNortheast

Puget Sound

Shana Joy, 360.407.6209

Areas of expertise:

  • Policy/program development and implementation
  • Puget Sound District Caucus liaison
  • Puget Sound programs
  • Partnership development
  • National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) National Officer

Southwest

Stu Trefry, 360.407.6531

Areas of expertise:

  • Conservation district capacity building
  • District supervisor orientation and training
  • District employee training
  • Assisting regional managers on capacity building
  • District special assessments, rates and charges, long-range planning
  • Washington Association of District Employees (WADE) liaison
  • Urban and Community Conservation Committees (Washington Association of Conservation Districts and National Association of Conservation Districts)
  • National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) Policy Committee

South Central

Jess Davenport, 360.584.3015

Areas of expertise:

  • District Employee Training
  • Engineering Area Coordination
  • Farmland Preservation Assistance
  • Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Grant Writing
  • Technical and Professional Development Workgroup (TPDW)
  • Water Quality

Southeast

Ray Ledgerwood, 208.301.4728

Areas of expertise:

  • Regional manager supervision and coordination
  • Coordinating outreach to conservation districts
  • District operations, planning, and reporting
  • Good Governance coordination
  • Commission budget development and long-range planning
  • Coordinated Resource Management
  • Facilitation
  • Liaison with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and local work groups

Northeast

Mike Baden, 509.385.7510

Areas of expertise:

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service relations and programs
  • State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) representation
  • Grant writing
  • Geographic Information Systems(GIS)
  • Conservation Practice Data System (CPDS)
  • Conservation planning
  • Technical employee training
  • Engineering area coordination