Next Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
9:00am - 11:30am
The meeting will be held in the WICD Conference Room, 1 NE 4th St, Coupeville, WA.
Open to the public.
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April 2017 Newsletter
April's Conservation Connection newsletter is in. See what WICD is up to! Connect with us and sign up for future newsletters to be sent to you.
Check Out WICD's NEW Firewise Program & Upcoming Firewise Day
Are you a homeowner interested in learning more about wildfire risk on Whidbey Island, and tips for how you can protect your home and property from wildfire? Check out WICD's NEW Firewise Program - and you're invited to attend our FREE 2017 Whidbey Island Firewise Day, a fun event designed to help inform and prepare homeowners before the dry summer season begins this coming May.
Click on the flyer above or visit our Firewise Program page to learn more about the resources for you as a homeowner, or give us a call at (360) 678-4708 and ask for Kelsi.
We also offer free one-hour Firewise Home Assessments. If you'd like to request one, please submit the form here.
Central Whidbey Firewise is a partnership between Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue District, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington State Conservation Commission.
Whidbey Island Conservation District Office Location & Hours
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Corner of Main St. & 4th St., Coupeville, WA
Mailing address: PO Box 490, Coupeville, WA 98239
Phone: (888) 678-4922 or (360) 678-4708
District Office, Coupeville
Whidbey Island Conservation District, our mission
The Whidbey Island Conservation District serves present and future residents of Whidbey Island by supporting a healthy environment, and promoting voluntary, incentive-based options for conserving natural resources through education outreach, as well as technical and financial assistance.
Whidbey Island Conservation District, at a glance
Most people agree that conservation works best when people who live and work in an area learn to take care of their own natural resources. Established in 1967, Whidbey Island Conservation District is guided by a five-member volunteer board of supervisors and local staff with professional expertise, all of whom have a personal investment and interest in improving the quality of life in their communities on Whidbey Island. As political sub-divisions of state government, conservation districts provide resources and programs that are voluntary and incentive-based, and available to all interested landowners and residents that live on Whidbey Island. WICD's technical assistance and educational programming is also free, non-regulatory, and can be tailored to meet your needs. We are the "boots on the ground," and WICD strives to be a community resource that empowers landowners to conserve natural resources on their property. Camano Island residents are served by the Snohomish Conservation District.
Whidbey Island Conservation District, a bit more about us
Each of Washington state's 45 conservation districts are structured to be self-governed by a five-member volunteer board of supevisors who establishes local priorities and sets policy. Whidbey Island Conservation District's board of supervisors is made up of local farmers, landowners, and concerned citizens and is dedicated to maintaining Whidbey Island's renewable natural resources. Its priorities and goals include:
WICD Annual Plan Draft Now Available for Public Comment through May 22, 2017
Click here, or on the image above to download a copy of the Annual Work Plan & Budget draft.
WICD Long Range Plan Draft Now Available for Public Comment through May 19, 2017
In November 2016, WICD began its long range planning process. The purpose of a long range plan is to help conservation districts identify broad goals and outcomes and focus on a vision for future work. An important part of this process involved feedback from the public and partners at three community meetings held on Nov. 9 and 10, which helped WICD identify what the public felt were the natural resource conservation needs, priorities, and opportunities that the District’s work should focus on in the next five years. On Dec. 14 and Jan. 11, two WICD Board Supervisors planning sessions were held to address the public comment and incorporate into a long range plan draft. The long range planning process is guided by WSCC staff, Stu Trefry, who has extensive experience working with other conservation districts in Washington state on long range planning.
Beginning Tuesday, April 4, 2017 the public comment period on the WICD Long Range Plan Draft will be open for 45 days. Comments can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting via the comment form below. You are also welcome to share your comments by calling the WICD Office at (360) 678-4708 or (888) 678-4922. All comments should be submitted by no later than end of day, Friday, May 19. The WICD Long Range Plan Final draft will be approved by the WICD Board at the May 24, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, held at 1 NE 4th St. Coupeville, WA 98239 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Open to the public.
Weeds of Spring 2017 Bulletin Now Available
Fresh off the press - the 2017 Weeds of Spring Bulletin features an introduction to WSU Extension Island County's NEW Noxious Weed Coordinator, Seth Luginbill, as well as discusses three weed species landowners should be on the lookout for on their properties this spring season - Tansy Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), Knotweeds (Polygonum spp.), and Garlic Mustard (Allaria petiolate). Click on the image for a downloadable a PDF with clickable links. To view this and past Weed Bulletins, visit http://www.whidbeycd.org/weed-bulletins.html.
Whidbey Island Conservation District has partnered with WSU Extension Island County to provide a digital e-Weed Bulletin since 2013. Over the years, landowner interest in this publication has resulted in a great archive of resources pertaining to weed information in Island County. Check out the Weed Bulletin Archive below to view past issues of the WICD Weed Bulletin. With recent staff changes at both WICD and WSU Extension Island County, a new Weed Bulletin system has been created.
In 2017, the Weed Bulletin will change to include a quarterly e-Weed Bulletin, highlighting a few important weeds landowners of Whidbey Island can learn about from a "seasonal approach." Coming up is the first of this quarterly publication entitled "Weeds of Spring 2017" and will feature three weed species to focus on managing on your property in spring. Later this year, "Weeds of Summer," "Weeds of Fall," and "Weeds of Winter" will be distributed quarterly. These weeds species are selected through the Island County Noxious Weed Coordinator.
Whidbey Island Conservation District 2017
WICD Drought Plan
In 2016, Whidbey Island Conservation District developed a comprehensive drought plan with support from the Washington State Conservation Commission and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. WICD worked extensively with San Juan Island Conservation District, who also designed their own drought plan. The plan provides an overview of water management within Island County, resource conditions and concerns, and conservation, mitigation, and adaptation strategies to address seasonal drought. For more information on this project, visit the 2016 Whidbey Island Drought Plan project page.
WICD Awarded 2016 NW Region District of Year
The 2016 Northwest Region District of the Year Award was presented on Tuesday, October 11 by Mark Clark, Washington State Conservation Commission Executive Director, and Dean Longrie, Conservation District Western Commissioner at a Northwest Region Conservation Districts meeting in Puyallup. WICD’s Board Supervisors Sarah Richards, Ed Adams, and Tom Fournier, and District Manager, Karen Bishop, were there to receive the award.
Of the 12 districts in the Northwest region, WICD distinguished itself this year through its collaboration with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and San Juan Island Conservation District in an extensive drought research project. Leadership from WICD staff and board supervisors was instrumental. Additionally, District Manager Karen Bishop’s role as President for the Washington Association of District Employees and input from Board Supervisor Sarah Richards to the WSCC Communications and Partnership Building Committee were noted in the selection process.
WICD is one of 45 conservation districts in the state of Washington. Each one of Washington’s 39 counties is represented by at least one of the state’s conservation districts. Learn more about WICD by visiting About the District.