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Doug Rushton

Position: National Director
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Thurston Conservation District

Doug loves the locally-lead, incentive-based, voluntary approach of CDs. He started at the Thurston district as an associate in 1994 and has held all the board positions, chairing from 1999 to 2014. (He is proud of the fact during that time, the Thurston CD was district of the year twice.) He has served on numerous WACD committees, chairing the operations committee and the former forestry committee. He currently serves as the WACD national director (i.e. representative to NACD) sitting on the NACD Natural Resources Policy Committee and the NACD Board. He is currently the vice chair of the NACD Pacific Region and has sat on the NACD Forestry Group since 2006, again representing the Pacific Region. Even though he is a forester by training, he has farmed in both Ferry and Whatcom counties. He spent most of his career working water issues for Ecology, but has also been a Forest Service forester, a fish biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, a wildlife agent for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, among other adventures.