PCD July Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Pacific Conservation District July Board of Supervisors meeting has been moved to Thursday July 5th, 2018 from 6-8 pm. The meeting will be held in the Pacific Conservation District Office.

 

If you have any questions please contact the district at (360) 875-6735.

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Voluntary Stewardship Program

Background on VSP

1990 – Washington Legislature passes Growth Management Act (GMA), which requires state and local governments to manage growth by identifying and protecting critical areas, designating urban growth areas, and preparing and implementing plans and regulations. Implementation of GMA requirements meets with years of conflict and lawsuits.

2006 – State Supreme Court in the case of Swinomish v. Skagit County declares agricultural lands are not exempt from critical area protection requirements.

2007 – In response to GMA conflicts, Washington Legislature charges Ruckelshaus Center – a collaborative, problem-solving center – to examine the conflict between protecting agricultural lands and protecting critical areas under GMA.

2010-11 – Based on recommendations of the Ruckelshaus Center, the legislature creates VSP at the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC). VSP represents a voluntary, incentive-based approach that offers counties an alternative for meeting GMA requirements related to protecting critical areas and agricultural lands. No new state funding providing for VSP, and counties are not obligated to implement it until funding is made available.

2012 – Counties given choice to opt-in to VSP or continue to meet GMA requirements as written under existing law. Twenty-eight of 39 counties opt-in to VSP.

2013 – State funds made available for two pilot counties – Thurston and Chelan – to begin VSP planning process.

2015 – State provides funding for 26 remaining VSP counties to begin planning process.

What are critical areas?

There are five critical areas identified in Washington’s GMA:

1.) Wetlands

2.) Frequently flooded areas

3.) Critical aquifer recharge areas

4.) Geologically hazardous areas

5.) Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas (emphasis on anadromous fish)

 

Job Openings – Natural Resources Crew Technicians

The Pacific Conservation District (PCD) is recruiting to fill two non-permanent Natural Resource Crew Technicians. These positions are anticipated to last between 3 and 4 months during the summer of 2018. Preference will be given to candidates currently enrolled in a natural resource college program. For more information on the positions please read: Crew Job Announcement

To submit an application, email a resume, cover letter, and list of references to PCD Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Manager Brandon Carman at cdfishtech@gmail.com. Applications are due by 4pm April 25th, 2018. Questions can be directed to Brandon at the above email address or at (360) 249-8532.

Pacific Conservation District Elections

Pursuant to WAC 135-110-370, no poll site, absentee balloting or mail balloting will be performed. The Pacific Conservation District Board of Supervisors hereby informs the voting public that the incumbent has been re-elected to the currently open seat by reasons of being the only person filing for the position by the filing deadline. For further information, please contact the district at (360) 875-6735.

Please note there is another elected position available and application information is still available.

Pacific Conservation District Mid-Term Appointment

The Pacific Conservation District is pleased to announce an opportunity to contribute to conservation and your community by serving on the Board of Supervisors. Supervisors are public officials who direct the activities of the conservation district. Although they serve without compensation, they are eligible to be reimbursed for appropriate expenses. Depending on the current make-up of the board of supervisors, an appointee to a vacant elected supervisor position may be required to be a landowner or farm operator at the time of appointment. At least two of the three elected conservation district supervisors on the conservation district board must be landowners or operators of farms. The definition of landowner and farm operator is set out in WAC 135-110-110.

Conservation District Supervisor Duties:

  1. Identify local conservation needs and develop, implement, and evaluate programs to meet them.
  2. Administer the district by delegating tasks through a structure of board officers and members, committees, and others. Raise and budget district funds, and report on activities to the public.
  3. Set policy for staff to implement
  4. Coordinate assistance and funding from federal, state, and local government; district associations; and private groups.
  5. Supervise other volunteers and paid staff working with the district; coordinate with cooperating agency personnel.
  6. Educate and inform landowners and operators, general public, and local, state and federal legislators on conservation issues and programs.

The Pacific Conservation District is looking to appoint someone to serve in the vacant elected seat for the remainder of the term, expiring in 2020. Application packets are due no later than February 23rd, 2018 at 4:00 pm to the Pacific Conservation District Elections Supervisor to chagain@willapabay.org

All application packets must be submitted electronically by the deadline to be considered for the vacant seat.

Information required in the application packet:
1. A completed application form. Application Form for Elections
2. A resume (no longer than two pages)

3. A list of at least three community references (prefer organizations that have collaborative partnerships with the district)

For more information or questions , contact us at (360) 875-6735

Renewable Energy Workshop

“Are you interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to help save your business money, or reduce your environmental impact, but have been turned off by the starting costs? There are opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington Conservation Commission and Spark Northwest are running a workshop in Chehalis on how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get your energy conservation ideas off the ground. The event will be on February 6th, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Long Beach Cranberry Museum, and a light dinner will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP, email ChristineC@piercecd.org”

Pacific Poster

Here is the link to the agenda. Pacific Agenda