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Washington Local Working Groups

Local Working Groups (LWG) are composed of agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with agricultural and natural resource issues in the local community.

Currently, Washington has 10 local working groups and one tribal local working group for all tribes. There are two tribal District Conservationists to serve the Colville Confederated Tribe and the Yakama Nation:

Northeast LWG
Area: Stevens, Pend Oreille, Ferry
Chair: Andy Kroiss 
District Conservationist: Stan Janowicz

***Upcoming Northeast Meeting***
Friday, April 7, 2023, Noon - 3 p.m. 
Location: Stevens County Conservation District building
232 Williams Lake Road, Colville, Washington, 99114

West Palouse LWG
Area: Lincoln, Adams
Chair: Jeff Schibel
District Conservationist: Cari Roepke

Palouse LWG
Area: Whitman, Pine Creek, Palouse, Spokane County, Palouse-Rock Lake
Chair: Larry Cochan
District Conservationist: Rich Edlund

Snake River LWG
Area: Asotin County, Columbia, Franklin, Pomeroy, Walla Walla
Chair: Aneesha Dieu
District Conservationist: Tracy Hanger

North Central LWG
Area: Okanogan, Foster Creek, South Douglas, Cascadia
Chair: John McClean 
District Conservationist: Sarah Troutman

***Upcoming North Central Meeting***
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 5 - 8 p.m. 
Location: Lake Chelan School District Office
309 E. Johnson Ave. in Chelan, WA 98816

Big Bend LWG
Area: Columbia Basin CD, Kittitas 
Chair: Mark Moore
District Conservationist: Jon Paul Pierre

***Upcoming Big Bend Meeting***
Monday, March 20, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m. 
Location: Wild Horse Visitor Center
25905 Vantage Hwy, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Virtual Participation Information
Link: Big Bend Team Local Work Group
Meeting ID: 843 9410 3341
Passcode: 031493

South Central LWG
Area: Central and Eastern Klickitat, Benton, North & South Yakima Conservation Districts, Underwood 
Chair: Michael Crowder
District Conservationist: Chris Wright

Northwest LWG
Area: Snohomish, Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, Clallam, Jefferson 
Chair: Heather McCoy
District Conservationist: Sarah Tanuvasa

***Upcoming Northwest Team Meeting***
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 10 a.m. - Noon 
Location: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Stevens Center)
10441 Bayview-Edison Rd, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Puget Sound LWG
Area: Thurston, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, King 
Chair: Sarah Moorehead
District Conservationist: Lynn Khuat

Southwest LWG
Area: Clark, Underwood (Skamania), Lewis County, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Grays Harbor, Pacific County
Chair: Joe Shulke
District Conservationist: Bobette Parsons