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Who is the STAC?

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The STAC represents a variety of interest and disciplines in the soil, water, wetlands, plant, and wildlife sciences.
 By policy, representatives should be from among the following:
US Department of Agriculture Agencies:
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Farm Service Agency
  • FSA State Committee
  • Forest Service
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
State Departments and agencies including:
  • Agriculture
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • Forestry
  • Soil and Water Conservation Agency
  • Water Resources Agency
And in addition:
  • Agriculture producers representing the variety of crops and livestock or poultry raised in the State
  • Owners of nonindustrial private forest land
  • Nonprofit organizations with conservation expertise
  • Nonprofit organizations with experience working with agriculture producers
  • Agribusinesses
  • Each of the federally recognized American Indian Tribal governments             
  • Local Working Group (LWG) chairpersons


Current WA STAC Composition*:

WA STAC Committee Organizations
American Farmland Trust

Dennis Canty, Don Stuart

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Robert Compton

Colville Tribes

Kelly Singer

Conservation Northwest

Jay Kehne

Ducks Unlimited
Chris Bonsignore, Regional Biologist

Far West Agribusiness

Jim Fitzgerald
Intermountain West Joint Venture
Terry Mansfield, WA State Conservation Partnership Coordinator
McGregor Company Fred Morscheck
Northwest Power and Conservation Council
To be determined
Oregon Rangeland Trust Frank O'Leary
Organic Farming Research Foundation Udi Lazimy 
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
Steve Bloomfield
Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association
Kay Meyer
Producer Lowell Bischoff
Spokane County Division of Utilities
Ben Brattebo, Water Supply Specialist
The Nature Conservancy Chuck Warner, Kris Knight
Trout Unlimited Jeri Timm, Lisa Pelly
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Brenton Sharratt, Research Leader
US Bureau of Land Management
Chris Shafer, Rangeland Management Specialist
US Environmental Protection Agency,
Region 10
Linda Anderson-Carnahan
USDA Farm Service Agency
Rod Hamilton, Program Specialist
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Ginger Phalen, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
US Forest Service, Region 6
Brad Siemens, Forest Legacy & Community Forest Program Manager
US National Marine Fisheries Services
Dale Bambrick
USDA Rural Development Agency

Kirk Pearson

Washington Association of Conservation Districts
Tom Salzer, Executive Director

Washington Association of Wheat Growers

Nicole Berg, Michelle Henning
Washington Farm Bureau
Tom Davis, Director of Government Relations
Washington Farm Forestry Association
Howard Wilson
Washington Friends of Farms & Forests
Robin Parry, Valerie Eckloff
Washington Grain Alliance
Washington State Conservation Commission
Dr. Carrol Smith, Executive Director
Josh Giuntoli

Washington State Dairy Federation

Jay Gordon

WA State Department of Agriculture
To be determined
WA State Department of Ecology
Melissa Gildersleeve, Melissa Downs, Ron Cummings
WA State Department of Fish & Wildlife
Mike Kuttel, Jr., Private Lands Coordinator
WA State Department of Natural Resources
Aaron Everett, State Forester

Washington State University

Steve McConnell

Washington State University Extension
Andy Perleberg, Todd Murray
Washington State Potato Commission
Raina Spence

*Individual Conservation District representation is not listed.