The Working Forests Advisory Commitee evaluates grant proposals for two grant programs.

Community Forests Program These grants give communities a way to preserve their working forest heritage.

Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Forestland Preservation These grants acquire development rights on forestland and ensure the land remains available for forestry in the future.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding 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

  • Fifteen to thirty hours for written review and evaluation, completed remotely, every other summer (even years)
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies

2024 Dates

WWRP Forestland Preservation Technical Review WindowMay 13 – June 5
Evaluation Introduction MeetingJuly 22
Community Forests and WWRP Forestland Introduction EvaluationJuly 22 – August 13
Results Meeting August 15

Committee Members

Community Members

  • Barb Aberly, Olympia
  • Jaynee Haygood, Vancouver
  • Denise Sackner, Mukilteo
  • Sue Wright, Vancouver

Forest Industry, Nonprofit, and Other Organization Members

  • Cathy Baker, The Nature Conservancy
  • Laurie Benson, The Trust for Public Land
  • Jason Callahan, Green Diamond Resource Company
  • Matt Comisky, American Forest Resource Council
  • Jeff DeBell, Olympia
  • Daniel Wear, Sustainable Northwest, Seattle
  • Lindsey Webb, Manulife Investment Management Timber and Agriculture Inc., West Richland

Tribal, Local, and State Agency Members

  • Brody Coval, Department of Natural Resources, Olympia
  • Ray Entz, Kalispel Tribe of Indians
  • Loren Hiner, City of Montesano
  • Mike Kuttle Jr., Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane
  • Phil Rigdon, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation