WCD Board of Supervisors

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Larry Helm -- Chair
Larry Davis -- Vice Chair
Dan Heeringa -- Secretary-Treasurer
Joe Heller -- Supervisor
Theresa Sygitowicz -- Supervisor


The Whatcom Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors, who are all local residents. Formed in 1946, the WCD serves all of Whatcom County and is committed to fostering a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the environment.


Board Election page

Supervisors Brochure ( 2.4 Mb PDF)


WCD Mission:

To serve present and future generations of Whatcom County through a natural resource conservation program of leadership, partnership, and technical, educational and financial assistance to foster a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the environment.


Larry Helm -- Chair

Larry Helm

Larry was raised on a small dairy farm, but spent his professional career as a State park Superintendent in California.   Since all California rangers are Peace Officers most retire at 55.  When he retired ten years ago he moved to Bellingham, purchased a small 20 acre farm on Squalicum Lake Road, and started raising beef cattle (registered Scottish Highlander), bees, chickens and fruit trees.  The small farm and his wife’s import business keep Larry pretty busy.  His park superintendent career educated him in the environmental sciences and provided Larry a good understanding of environmental goals. 

Larry believes that most of the current planning schemes in Whatcom County are attempting to preserve farming through environmental regulation of farm land with little regard for the farmer’s profit. Without a healthy profit margin our farmers will continue to close their farms!




Larry Davis -- Vice Chair

Larry Davis

Larry lives in Custer with his wife, Carolyn, who retired in June 2016 after nearly 39 years teaching 4th grade in the Lynden School District. He is an Eastern Washington native; born in Sunnyside, Yakima County. His family moved to Edmonds where he graduated from Woodway High School. Larry has an AA degree from Shoreline Community College and a BA in Political Science from Central Washington University. Larry moved to Whatcom County after 26 years in public service in Thurston County (Olympia). He was Staff Coordinator and Senior Analyst for the Senate Education Committee for 11 years. Then, he served 12 years as Executive Director for the Washington State Board of Education. Larry has served on the Whatcom CD board since May 2009 and has become very involved in a number of roles in the conservation arena: state association officer and area director, State Commission member, Washington Conservation Society president, NACD Policy Book Task Force member, service on many WACD and Commission committees.
‘I believe in the mission of the Whatcom Conservation District: assisting land managers with their conservation choices. Whatcom County is now my home. I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the board and help advance the conservation of natural resources in this community."



Dan Heeringa -- Secretary/TreasurerDan Heeringa

Dan lives near Sumas with his wife Leea and daughter Madeline.  He went to Lynden Christian School and graduated from WSU in 2002 with a degree in Ag Technology & Management.  Aside from 4 years away for college, he has been a lifelong resident of Whatcom County. 

He grew up on the family dairy farm, and is now partners in the business with his parents.  "Agriculture is very important to us as well as it is for many other families in Whatcom County.  The relationship between ag and the environment is a sensitive issue and can be quite complex.  I feel that I can work together with the board and the community to balance these two very important resources of Whatcom County.  I look forward to the opportunity to learn and contribute."






Joe Heller -- Supervisor

Joe Heller

Joe is a Whatcom County native raised on a dairy/beef farm in the Kendall area. Forestry Degree from University of Washington (1971) and recently retired after 35 year career with the U.S. Forest Service. Forestry experience with Timber Management, Watershed, Recreation and Wildland fire operations in Oregon and Washington.




Theresa Sygitowicz -- Supervisortheresa

Theresa Sygitowicz is a livelong county resident, raised on a dairy, then beef farm. She strives for open and transparent government that respects civil and individual rights, and she is committed to the wellbeing of farmers, residents, and business owners.

She feels that sound farming practices are a benefit to the environment and that real solutions to problems can be found cooperatively. She has long said, “We need to protect our resources, but also to use them responsibly, now and in years to come.”

Sygitowicz appreciates the traditions and values held by residents of Whatcom County, and she will work to protect our quality of life in a way that will assure that our community is safe and secure, with a productive economy that provides family living wages.