Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. All registered voters residing within Whatcom County may vote in person at that date, place, and time or by mail.

How to Request a Ballot
Ballots must be requested no later than 4 p.m. on February 14, 2017. To request a ballot go to http://survey.whatcomcd.org/limesurvey/index.php/62682?newtest=Y.
Ballots can also be requested by phone (360-526-2381 x101).

Candidates Desired
Supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and who set policy and direction for the district. Candidates for this seat must be registered voters residing in Whatcom County and may be required to own land or operate a farm. Their filing deadline was January 27, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Candidates: Heather Christianson, Kelly Krieger, Roderic Perry, Suzzi (Suzanne) Syndar.
Information about each of  the four candidates: http://www.whatcomcd.org/board-elections

What Are Conservation Districts?
Conservation districts are special districts chartered under RCW 89.08 et seq. to develop and implement programs to protect and conserve soil, water, prime and unique farmland, rangeland, woodland, wildlife, energy, and other renewable resources on nonfederal lands. Districts also stabilize local economies and resolve conflicts in land use.

If you want to get involved or become an associate supervisor, contact the district or attend the monthly board meetings. The board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in our conference room.

For more information on what supervisors’/board members’ responsibilities are go to: http://www.whatcomcd.org/sites/default/files/distbus/Supervisor%20information%20for%20candidates.pdf

If you have questions, contact Dawn Bekenyi at wcd@whatcomcd.org or 360-526-2381 x101.

Appointed Position Available
The district is seeking candidates for a board position appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. All supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the Whatcom Conservation District. Applicants for an appointed position must be a Washington State registered voter, but do not have to live within the district to apply and may be required to own land or operate a farm.

For more information, or to obtain an application form, please call 360-526-2381 or visit the Conservation Commission website at www.scc.wa.gov. Applications and supporting materials must be received by the commission no later than March 31, 2017.

Board Members
Each conservation district is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. The current board is a diverse group of people who are interested in natural resource management, including a dairy producer, a small farmer, a retired forester, retired administrator and a retired educator.