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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Support

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

Time Commitment

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

2022 Dates

ItemDate
Technical Review MeetingMay 16-17
Evaluation MeetingAugust 15-16
Results MeetingAugust 19

Committee Members

Local Agency Members

  • Addie Candib, American Farmland Trust, Bellingham
  • Jesika Harper, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane
  • Kate Miller, Okanogan Land Trust, Okanogan
  • Jeanne White, Methow Conservancy, Winthrop

State Agency Members

  • Perry Beale, Department of Agriculture, Yakima
  • Allisa Carlson, Conservation Commission, Ellensburg
  • Angie Reseland, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia

Farmer and Community Members

  • Rey Cooley, Walla Walla
  • Tom Kammerzell, Colfax

Vacancies

  • Farming or ranching representatives
  • Land transaction or planning representative

Term Length

4 years

General Resources