Next Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 26, 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.
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.
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April 2017 Newsletter
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Check Out WICD's NEW Firewise Program
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. WICD and its partners offer free one-hour Firewise Home Assessments. Please request a Home Assessment by calling (888) 678-4922 or 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 mission of the Whidbey Island Conservation District is to assist the management of natural resources on and around Whidbey Island for present and future generations, inspiring voluntary conservation practices 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 Work Plan & Budget for FY2018 Approved
WICD 5 Year Long Range Plan Approved
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.
WICD Board Supervisor completes second term in May 2017
Water Conservation Tips for Summer
Firewise Tips for the Summer
Check out WICD's article that shares resources and tips on how to conserve water this summer on Whidbey Island. Featured on page 2 of Whidbey Weekly's June 8th issue.
Check out WICD's article that shares resources for homeowners interested in the science behind wildfire, how to prepare on Whidbey Island, and the resources available through Firewise. Featured on page 2 of Whidbey Weekly's May 11th issue. Firewise is an education and outreach program with resources and support available to Whidbey Island homeowners. Visit www.whidbeycd.org/firewise.html to learn more.
This Spring Brings Local Food
Backyard Conservation Tips
Conservation starts with you. Check out WICD's article that features the top five backyard conservation tips to consider in 2017. Featured on page 2 of Whidbey Weekly's January 5th, 2017 issue.
Learn About Native Plants
Check out WICD's article that features some helpful tips to get you started when learning about native plants on Whidbey Island. Featured on page 5 of Whidbey Weekly's December 8th, 2016 issue.
Find Local Food in Winter
Check out WICD's article on where you can find fresh produce in the off-season this winter on Whidbey Island. Featured on page 2 of Whidbey Weekly's October 27th issue.
Visit our Local Agriculture page for more information on how WICD supports local farmers.
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.
West Beach Drainage Meeting
Information for the West Beach Drainage meeting, including a link to maps, pictures, meeting agenda, and notes can be access by clicking here.
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.