The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Farmland Preservation Advisory Committee evaluates grant proposals for projects that acquire development rights on farmland and ensure the land remains available for farming in the future.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and knowledgeable about farming, ranching, or land transactions

Time Commitment

2-4 full days of virtual meetings every other summer (even years). Policy feedback time commitment varies.


  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends are available to eligible committee members

Committee Members

Local Agency Members

  • Addie Candib, American Farmland Trust, Bellingham
  • Jesika Harper, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane
  • Nicole Witham, Washington State University, Port Hadlock

State Agency Members

  • Perry Beale, Department of Agriculture, Yakima
  • Angie Reseland, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia

Farmer Members

  • Rey Cooley, Walla Walla
  • Julie Kintzi, Enumclaw
  • Tristan Klesick, Stanwood


  • Farming or ranching representatives
  • Land transaction or planning representative

Term Length

4 years

General Resources