PASCO – Franklin Conservation District Education Director Kara Kaelber has accepted the position of Program Manager with the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (commonly known as “AgForestry”). The position is part-time, so Kaelber plans to continue her employment at the Franklin Conservation District as well. Kaelber was part of AgForestry Leadership Class 37 and graduated from the program in 2016.
“We are very pleased to have Kara join our team,” said Foundation President Sheryl McGrath. “I am certain that her experience in adult education and commitment to leadership development will be a perfect fit for AgForestry — Washington’s premier service provider of natural resource industries leadership training and networking. Kara has wonderful energy, enthusiasm, and a keen understanding of the importance of natural resources industries throughout Washington.”
Funded primarily by private individuals, the AgForestry Foundation operates a comprehensive leadership program for the natural resource industries and rural communities of Washington. The Foundation ensures the development of strong, able, informed individuals who excel in their chosen professions and are exceptionally trained in the areas of communications, public policy and issues management.
Each year a new leadership class is chosen to begin the two-year leadership development program. Class members are selected through a highly competitive process. Participants attend monthly seminars within the state, as well as a national and an international seminar, that address various topics which include: government, economics, international trade, communication, water issues, media relations, the criminal justice system, and the environment. Currently there are more than 1,000 graduates from the program who serve in leadership positions for their communities, commodity groups, state and federal organizations.
About Franklin Conservation District
The Franklin Conservation District (FCD) is a legal sub-division of state government mandated by RCW 89.08 to develop and administer voluntary, non-regulatory programs for the wise use and conservation of natural resources in Franklin County. The FCD is governed by a board of elected and appointed supervisors who establish priorities and set policy. Conservation districts are Washington’s only locally driven, conservation delivery system that identifies natural resource problems, and guides voluntary solutions.