2020 Annual Conference

The 2020 WACD Annual Conference and Business Meeting is Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2020


Information needed from speakers, sponsors, and partners!
November 20, 2020: WACD staff are working hard to build out the conference web page.

  • If you are a SPEAKER, please send us your bio as soon as possible!
  • If you are a SPONSOR, please send us your logo and any other materials you wish for us to make available to our members.
  • If you are a PARTNER, we will be happy to post your annual report or similar content.
Envirothon is seeking auction donations
November 18, 2020: The annual auction to benefit WACD environmental education programs will be held virtually this year, in conjunction with the WACD Annual Meeting. Event organizers ask that you support these efforts by providing an item for the auction. For more information, visit the Envirothon Auction page.
Welcome! Registration is now open
Welcome! Registration is now open! Registration for WACD’s 2020 Annual Conference consists of two simple steps:

  1. tell us who will be attending, and
  2. we will invoice you for the appropriate registration fee.

1. Register your attendees

Register your attendees using our online form.

2. Remit payment

The registration fee can be mailed to us or you can remit payment by credit card.

Mail your check
If you choose the send-a-check option, please mail it early enough to arrive before Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The mailing address is:

WACD 16564 Bradley Road Bow, WA  98232

Pay by credit card
If you choose to pay by credit card, we will send you an invoice for the registration fee you selected when registering. The registration fee for the WACD 2020 Annual Conference is $50 per person or $150 for your organization. In most cases, we recommend the $150 registration rate so that you are not limited in the number of people from your organization who may attend.

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Monday, November 30

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Let's get started!

  • 8:30 Zoom Introduction/Pre-Session Announcements
  • 9:00 Opening Session/Welcome

How Conservation Districts Operate: Now and Future

  • 9:20 Factors Affecting Conservation Districts: a Panel Discussion with NACD Leadership
    • Tim Palmer, President National Association of Conservation Districts
    • Michael Crowder, President-Elect National Association of Conservation Districts
    • Kim LaFleur, 2nd Vice President National Association of Conservation Districts
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 The Future of CD Operations in Washington State: Member's Forum 
    • Jointly facilitated by:
    • Michael Crowder, President-Elect National Association of Conservation Districts
    • Kim LaFleur, 2nd Vice President National Association of Conservation Districts
    • Jeanette Dorner, WACD President


  • 12:00 WSCC Commissioner Candidate Luncheon (meet and greet Harold Crose)
    • 12:00 WSCC Commissioner Election Ballots Released

Conservation District Spotlight

  • 1:00 Conservation for Every Community – CD Successes with New Communities
    • Joey Breaux, Office of Soil and Water Conservation Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestory
    • Dana Bowers Stevens County Conservation District
    • Sandy Letzing, Cascadia Urban Ag/Outreach to Farm Workers Cascadia Conservation District
  • 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 TBD
    • Nichole Embertson Center for Technical Development
  • 2:45 Break
  • 3:00 How to Run a Successful Virtual Board Meeting: Chairs and Managers
    • Chair Larry Cochrane and Manager Jennifer Boie Palouse Conservation District
    • Chair Ivan Oberg (invited) and Manager Craig Nelson Okanogan Conservation District
    • Chair TJ Johnson and Manager Sarah Moorehead Thurston Conservation District


  • 6:00 Networking on resolutions – This is discussion on resolutions to be considered on Wednesday afternoon. While we plan for this to be a single Zoom session, it could break into individual Zoom rooms if needed.

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Tuesday, December 1

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Emerging Natural Resource Issues

  • 9:00 Keynote Speakers
    • George Geisler, State Forester Washington State Department of Natural Resources
    • Terra Rentz, Forest Health and Resiliency Division Manager Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • 9:20 Water Topic – Introduction to Water Rights Adjudication
    • Robin McPherson, Washington State Department of Ecology (invited)
  • 9:45 Break
  • 10:00 Panel on Soil Health
    • Alison Halpern Washington State Conservation Commission
    • Joe Williams Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • TBD: Washington State Department of Agriculture
    • TBD: Landowner
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 Conservation Easement Panel
    • Kate Delavan Washington State Conservation Commission
    • Carlee Elke, Easement Program Coordinator Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Nick Norton Washington Association of Land Trusts
    • Nate Lewis, landowner with an easement
  • 11:45 Break


  • 12:00 Lunch Networking: Emerging Natural Resource Issues

Legislator Panel

  • 1:00 Legislator Panel
    • Representative Debra Lekanoff Washington State Legislature
    • Senator Shelly Short (invited) Washington State Legislature
    • Facilitated by Brynn Brady Ceiba Consulting
  • 1:45 Break
  • 2:00 Conservation Districts and State Funding – A Panel with State Agencies
    • Wendy Brown Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
    • Kelly McLean Washington State Department of Agriculture
    • Alison Halpern Washington State Conservation Commission
    • Garret Ward Washington State Department of Ecology
  • 2:45 Break
  • 3:00 Open Discussion on Legislative Priorities
  • 3:45 Break

Themed Networking

  • 6:00 Themed networking – Suggested topics include:
    • Conservation district operations and COVID-19
    • How conservation districts are dealing with wildfire risk and recovery
    • How to improve working relationships with tribes
    • Diversity, equity, inclusion, justice - how do these relate to our conservation district work?

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Wednesday, December 2

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Commission Session on Supervisor Development

  • 9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Carol Smith Washington State Conservation Commission
  • 9:30 RM updates and intro to the new Supervisor Development Curriculum
    • Shana Joy Washington State Conservation Commission
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Special Presentation
    • Joe Davis, Director of Risk Management & Member Relations Enduris
    • Susan Looker, Director of Claims Enduris
    • Kelly Allen, Legal Counsel Enduris
  • 11:15 Break
  • 11:30 Office of Farmland Preservation Update
    • Kate Delevan Washington State Conservation Commission
  • 11:45 Budget and Outreach Story Telling and Resources
    • Laura Johnson Washington State Conservation Commission
    • Brynn Brady Ceiba Consulting


  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 1:30 WACD Awards Presentations / Years of Service Recognition / 2020 CD Photo Contest Winners

WACD Business Meeting

We will include a link in this space to the business meeting packet as soon as it is ready!

  • 2:00 Call to Order/ Roll Call of Member Districts
  • 2:15 Rules of Order Briefing/ Zoom explanation
  • 2:30 Approval of 2019 Business Meeting Minutes
  • 2:35 Treasurer’s Report for FY2019/ Report on current Fiscal Year
  • 2:45 Plant Materials Center Status Report
  • 3:00 Break
  • 3:15 WACD 2021 Legislative Priorities & Opportunities
  • 3:30 Resolutions Recommend by Finance Committee
  • 4:00 Break
  • 4:15 Resolutions Recommended by Legislative, Bylaws, & District Policies Committee
  • 4:45 Action on Proposed Bylaws Recommended by the WACD Board of Directors 
  • 5:00 Discussion on resolutions that may be brought from the floor
  • 5:15 WACD Officer Elections – President & Vice President
  • 5:30 WSCC Central Region Representative Election
  • 5:45 Adjournment
  • 8:00 WACD and WSCC Elections Close
  • 8:30 Election Results Announced

Thursday, December 3

  • 9:00 Washington State Conservation Commission Meeting (notice and agenda)

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The helping hand provided by sponsors provides critical support to WACD's annual conference, allowing us to better use other resources to support our member conservation districts. We encourage you to visit our sponsor's web pages. If you interact with a sponsor, please let them know that you saw their information at the WACD annual conference! We deeply appreciate the commitment of our sponsors to the success of our Washington State conservation delivery system! (Would you like to help sponsor our annual conference? Please contact us as soon as possible. Sponsors also receive free registration to the conference!)

We deeply appreciate the support of these sponsors!

Dear Sponsors and Conservation Friends:

Despite unexpected challenges this year, our Washington State conservation districts have continued to do what they always do: persevere in the face of adversity and produce meaningful results. This has been a year that demonstrates their responsiveness, resilience, and resourcefulness. They have remained on the job, finding ways to help people resolve natural resource challenges because those issues don’t go away on their own.

The Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) has also had to make adjustments in response to new conditions. This year, our statewide annual conference will be an entirely online event. That changes many things about how to participate in the conference and what it means to sponsor it. We want you to know how much we appreciate your support of Washington's 45 conservation districts. They are leaders in their communities, in Washington State, and often nationally.

None of that could happen without your help. If being a sponsor appeals to you, we have some simple choices for you to consider:

  1. If your focus is primarily on supporting your local conservation district, please consider donating time, money, or other resources directly to them. They can use the help to get the job done in your community and your contributions may be tax deductible.
  2. If you appreciate the work of conservation districts in Washington State, year in and year out, please consider sponsoring our WACD annual conference. We need your help in providing the best possible support to our conservation districts.
  3. If your contribution must be tax-deductible, please consider supporting the Washington Conservation Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.
  4. If you do not want to be a sponsor or contributor, but do wish to support conservation district purposes, please consider making your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile with the Washington Conservation Society as your selected charitable organization.

WACD is a voluntary nonprofit association that serves as the collective voice for our 45 conservation districts in Washington. We are fierce advocates for conservation districts. We work to advance the purposes of conservation districts. We provide leadership, representation, influence, and information. We deliver services, programs, and assistance in support of the purpose and vision of conservation districts. We promote the role that conservation districts play in helping people become the best stewards of natural resources they can be. And we advance and protect the locally-led principle and incentive-based conservation choices for our citizens.

What we do costs money. While conservation districts cover most of that cost through their payment of annual dues, they can’t cover the entire cost of the work we do for them. That’s where you or your company can make a real difference. This year, our annual conference sponsorship packages are simpler. We are offering four sponsor levels: Friend, Supporter, Leader, and Partner.

Sponsorship value: $250 $500 $1,000 $2,000 or more
Website (1 year): Small logo Small logo with link Small logo with link, featured video Large logo with link, featured video
Newsletter (1 year): Small logo Small logo with link Large logo with link Large logo with link
Conference materials: Small logo Small logo with link Large logo with link Large logo with link
Session introductions: One 5-minute block One 10-minute block Two 10-minute blocks
Showcase videos at conference: Up to 15 minutes of video Up to 30 minutes of video Up to 60 minutes of video

If you might wish to have a virtual vendor booth, please visit with us. We are happy to discuss what else we can do to gain your support for the WACD 2020 Annual Conference.

Thank you for your help and we look forward to visiting with you!

Tom Salzer, Executive Director, Washington Association of Conservation Districts

Sponsor support should be sent to:

Lori McLaughlin
WACD Plant Materials Center
16564 Bradley Road
Bow, WA 98232

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Our partners help make our conservation delivery system succeed. They form a rich network of people and organizations working toward our common goals. We share with our partners a desire and commitment to make sure that healthy, abundant natural resources are available today and for future generations!

  • Would you like to be a partner in our annual conference? Please contact us as soon as possible!
  • Conservation districts: please do visit the websites for our partners and let them know that you appreciate their support!

Our partners in providing the 2020 WACD annual conference

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  • Eugene Schloz Outstanding Supervisor Award - An active district supervisor or associate supervisor who made an especially valuable contribution to district conservation programs or to the state conservation movement.
  • Wayne Reid “Young Tiger” Award – A supervisor or associate supervisor with six years or less who has made an extraordinary effort to assist their district to meet its goals in a short period of time.
  • Wildlife Farmer of the Year Award – A cooperator actively engaged in farming, ranching or forestry on over 50 Acres.
  • Wildlife Steward of the Year – A cooperator actively engaged in farming, ranching or forestry on less than 50 Acres.
  • Conservation District/Tribal Partnership Award – A successful CD-tribal partnership that demonstrates successful regional conservation.
  • Special Service Award – For anyone who has provided assistance on a CD-sponsored project and has made an outstanding achievement and contribution in the field of conservation.
  • Vim Wright “Building Bridges” Award – A person within the arena of conservation working to foster understanding, partnership, and greater conservation through collaboration.
  • Conservation Educator of the Year award
  • Conservation District of the Year award

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Confirming email addresses

Right now, district managers are being contacted to confirm the email address for every conservation district board supervisor.


For the most critical votes we will use Election Runner for online voting by authorized voters. Each voter will receive instructions before the conference on how to cast their vote.

Voice votes

However, in most cases, we will conduct voting by voice vote. The presiding official may choose to perform a roll call vote if the voice vote is not conclusive.

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