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


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

Time Commitment

  • Two to four full days of virtual meetings every other summer (even years)
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies

2024 Dates

Written Technical ReviewMay 13 – June 5
Written Evaluation July 22 – August 13
Results MeetingAugust 15

Committee Members

Local Agency Members

  • Addie Candib, American Farmland Trust, Bellingham
  • Kate Miller, Okanogan Land Trust, Okanogan
  • Jeanne White, Methow Conservancy, Winthrop

Farmer and Community Members

  • Tom Kammerzell, Colfax
  • Maurice Major, Olympia
  • Sherrie Medina, Centerville
  • Dawn Nelson, Creston
  • Warren Neth, Yelm
  • Valerie Tarico, Seattle

State Agency Members

  • Leslie Michel, Department of Agriculture
  • Allisa Carlson, Conservation Commission, Ellensburg
  • Angie Reseland, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia