Commission Members

The Washington State Conservation Commission meets every two months. Our meetings rotate around the great state of Washington! More about Commission Meetings.

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Jim Kropf, Chair

Jim Kropf joined the Commission in 2010, representing Washington State University (WSU) Extension. Jim has been a faculty member of WSU Extension since 1979, serving as an Extension educator on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Stevens County, Douglas and Chelan Counties, and Pierce and King Counties. He served as the Western District Director for WSU Extension from 1999 through 2010 and currently serves as the Extension Natural Resources Program Director. His Extension work primarily has focused on the production of agronomic and horticultural crops, agricultural marketing, and water quality. A Washington native, Jim grew up in Pierce County and has a B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from Washington State University.

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Dean Longrie, Ph.D., Vice-Chair

Commissioner Longrie serves as the Conservation District Western Representative on the Commission. He also serves on the Board of Supervisors at Clark Conservation District.

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Perry Beale

Commissioner Perry Beale joined the Commission in 2014 representing the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Perry Beale is the Agricultural Land Use Lead and Eastern WA supervisor for the WSDA Natural Resources Assessment Section. His primary duty is coordinating crop mapping activities within the state. Perry was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in southeastern Washington and is the Vice President of the family farm. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Agronomy. Perry is also a graduate of the Ag Forestry Leadership program.

Larry Cochran

Commissioner Larry Cochran was elected to serve on the Conservation Commission in December 2015. He is also chair of the Palouse Conservation District. He’s a third generation farmer and runs Cochran Farms in Colfax.

Harold Crose

Commissioner Crose joined the SCC Board in 2017 and is also a Resource Conservationist with the Grant County Conservation District.

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Trevor McConchie

Trevor McConchie joined the SCC in 2017 and represents the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Commissioner McConchie is the DNR Executive Policy Advisor for Forest Health and Wildfire.

photo coming soonJeanette Dorner

Commissioner Dorner joined the SCC when she became President of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) in November of 2018. She also serves on the Board of Supervisors at Pierce Conservation District.

picture sarah spaethSarah Spaeth

Commissioner Spaeth has been involved with conservation work for over twenty years and is currently Director, Conservation and Strategic Partnerships at Jefferson Land Trust.  In her 20 years with the Land Trust, she has conducted delicate and complex easement negotiations with landowner partners, has written more than $6 million worth of successful land preservation funding proposals and worked with organizations and agencies in creative conservation partnerships. She earned degrees in biology from Western Washington University and a Masters degree in coastal zone management from the University of Washington.  Prior to working for Jefferson Land Trust, she worked as a consultant on marine resources issues and as a fisheries biologist in Alaska.

Carol Smith

Commissioner Carol Smith joined the Commission in 2018 and represents the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, Maia Bellon.

photo darylDaryl Williams

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Daryl Williams to the Commission in 2015. Commissioner Williams is the natural resources liaison for the Tulalip Tribes Natural Resources Department.