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

The committee meets several times a year to advise the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board on which projects to fund.


  • Live in Washington
  • Are interested in public policy
  • Enjoy seeking creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Have experience with forest management or small forest landowning


  • 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

Technical Review MeetingMay 16
Evaluation MeetingAugust 15
Results MeetingAugust 19

Committee Members

Local Agency and Nonprofit Members

  • Arno Bergstrom, Kitsap County, Port Orchard
  • Jay McLaughlin, Mount Adams Resource Stewards, Glenwood

State Agency Members

  • Mike Kuttle Jr., Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane
  • Mary McDonald, Department of Natural Resources, Olympia

Forest Landowner and Community Members

  • Barb Aberle, Olympia
  • Jeff DeBell, Olympia
  • Lindsey Webb, Manulife Investment Management Timber and Agriculture Inc., West Richland
  • Sue Wright, Vancouver


  • Small forest landowners, forest managers, or private company representatives
  • Nonprofit representatives
  • Local agency representatives

Term Length

4 years

General Resources