Monthly Board Meetings
Board meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the conference room of the District office in Coupeville. Board meetings are open to the public.
Our next regularly scheduled Board meeting is:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Office location: 1 NE 4th St., Coupeville • Mail to: PO Box 490, Coupeville, WA 98239 • Phone: (360) 678-4708 or 1-888-678-4922 • Fax: (360) 678-2271
A special phone meeting of the Board is scheduled for July 19, 2017, 9 - 9:30 am to approve WICD's FY18 scope of work for the WA State Conservation Commission.
District Documents of Interest
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District Audit Results
In October 2016, the Whidbey Island Conservation District went through an audit by the Washington State Auditor’s office for compliance with state laws, regulations, and its own policies and procedures for January 2012 - December 2015. The District is pleased to report no findings in this audit.
2016 Whidbey Island CD Open House Winners
Each year in May, Whidbey Island Conservation District holds it Open House to showcase the work it has done each year within the community, and to recognize the efforts of its partners, cooperators, staff, and board supervisors. This event is open to the public. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of WICD and there is much to celebrate as it is a leader in natural resource conservation on Whidbey Island. Below are the award winners from the 2016 Open House.
Special Update 2017: The year 2017 marks WICD's 50th anniversary! To celebrate, WICD's Open House is scheduled for a summer/fall date. Keep checking back here for more details related to our Open House as they become available.
Meet Whidbey Island Conservation District's New Elected Supervisor: Anza Muenchow
An election for a Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) Board of Supervisors position was held on February 7, 2017 at the WICD office at 1 NE 4th Street in Coupeville, WA. Anza Muenchow, a declared nominated candidate, was elected pending certification by the WA State Conservation Commission (WSCC). See below for her bio.
The WICD Board of Supervisors consists of five members, each serving a three year term. District Supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the Conservation District. Candidates must be registered voters residing on Whidbey Island, and may be required to own land or operate a farm. The filing deadline for the appointed position was March 31, 2017. Appointment application and procedures are available at the district office and at www.scc.wa.gov/elections/.
Elected Supervisor, Certified by WSCC at May 2017 Board Meeting
Anza Muenchow: Anza graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Biology from Stanford University. Then she attended the School of Social Work at Univ. of Washington and graduated with master’s degree in 1979. Anza worked for Seattle P-Patch Foundation and for WSU Extension King Co. building community gardens and micro-farms in public housing projects in Seattle and King County. She and her husband Marc Wilson, moved from Seattle to South Whidbey in 2003 and live on their 45 acres in the Glendale watershed. The land and big wetlands is mostly in Forest Stewardship, but they have a few acres in farm. Their farm, Maha Farm, mostly provides direct sales of diverse fresh produce at seasonal farmers’ markets and through our farm stand. Anza currently works for WSU Extension Island County managing the SNAP Ed program. Her projects include creating 2 school vegetable gardens for Oak Harbor Elementary schools: Crescent Harbor and Olympic View. She provides instruction for 20 classrooms engaging children in food growing and increasing their consumption of fresh local foods. She also is developing additional programs to provide local fresh produce to. low income communities in island County. Anza is interested in all the education that WICD provides to the land users on our island. Her experience with forest management and in food systems has drawn her to the work of the Conservation District.
Learn more about WICD's Board of Supervisors here.
Whidbey Island Conservation District - Who We Are
Whidbey Island Conservation District is a political sub-division of state government. The Conservation District has been working with farmers, landowners, and local partners to preserve natural resources on Whidbey Island since 1967. Whidbey Island Conservation District boundaries include all of Whidbey Island. Camano Island residents petitioned to be served by the Snohomish Conservation District in 1941 before Whidbey Island Conservation District was formed in 1967, and continue to be served by the Snohomish CD.
The oversight body for the Whidbey Island Conservation District is a five-member, volunteer Board of Supervisors, made up of local farmers, landowners, and professionals. The WICD staff is a small but effective group. Our full-time staff include our District Manager, a Natural Resource Planner, and an Outreach and Education Coordinator. Our part-time staff consists of a Farm and Forest Planner, a Farm Planner, an Office Manager, and a Program Support staff. We are generally open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, but occasionally staff are out in the field.
WICD is a member of the nationwide network of Conservation Districts - The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). NACD provides a unified, national voice for the more than 3,000 conservation districts across the United States. NACD’s member-driven board of directors selects conservation policy priorities which are used to develop and review environmental and natural resources legislation and to secure adequate federal funding for natural resources conservation programs. Visit the NACD website at http://www.nacdnet.org/
WICD Annual Work Plan & Budget for FY2018 Approved
WICD 5 Year Long Range Plan Approved
Click here or on the image, to download a copy of the WICD Long Range Plan.
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 was open for 45 days until end of day Friday, May 19. The WICD Long Range Plan Final draft was 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. All board meetings are open to the public.
WICD Board Supervisor completes second term in May 2017