WCD Board of Supervisors

Heather Christianson -- Chair
Suzzi Snydar -- Vice Chair
Larry Davis -- Secretary-Treasurer
Valeri Wade -- Supervisor
Alan Chapman -- 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)

Application for the position of Associate Supervisor


2021 Whatcom CD Board Opening for Appointed Position:

Whatcom CD is seeking candidates for a Board position appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission.  All CD supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the WCD.  Applicants for appointed position must be a Washington State registered voter, but do not have to live within the district to apply. Applicant may be required to own land or operate a farm.  For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact WCD at (360) 526-2381 or visit the Conservation Commission website at https://www.scc.wa.gov/elections-and-appointments (application form is here) .  Applications and supporting materials must be received by the Commission no later than March 31, 2021.


WCD Mission:

Whatcom Conservation District's mission is to assist land managers with their conservation choices.


Heather Christianson -- Chair


Heather is a fourth generation Whatcom County resident. She lives in the small farmhouse her grandfather built with his father and gardens where her grandmother gardened. This deeply personal connection to the land started in her childhood having grown up spending her afternoons on her grandparent’s farm. Helping farmers with their conservation strategies is work she sees great value in and she is honored to contribute to the amazing work of the Whatcom Conservation District to promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources.





Suzzi Snydar -- Vice Chair


Suzzi SnydarSuzzi Snydar has resided in Everson with her husband Jeff and their three children since 2000. Their family farm has raised Dairy replacement heifers for over 25 years. They also custom harvest grass and corn for Dairy farmers in Whatcom County. Suzzi has always been an inquisitive student to learn and clearly understand Agricultural practices.

Suzzi has a strong interest in advocating for Best Management Practices in the stewardship of natural resources in Whatcom County. She understands the importance of educating the public, beginning at an early age, on how to preserve and protect our land and water. An open-minded thinker, she is also capable of standing firm for what is optimal for the whole County.

Suzzi aims to ensure there is no loss of farmland in Whatcom County, and that all natural resource-based industries which provide food, fiber and energy are served, while still protecting their contributions to the local economy.

For over 20 years a conscientious and vocal advocate for Agriculture, it is Suzzi's desire to raise awareness for landowners of the voluntary, incentive-based programs available that increase their stewardship of their land and natural resources, while preserving Whatcom County for future generations.





Larry Davis -- Secretary/Treasurer

Larry Davis


In 12th year as a member of the board of supervisors for the Whatcom Conservation District. Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) officer and board member. Co-chair of the Tribal Relations Committee of WACD. Chair of the Tribal Resource Policy Group of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). Washington State Envirothon board member and Vice Chair. Immediate Past Chair of the Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Over 36 years paid and voluntary public service in education and conservation arenas. Expertise and experience with public policy processes (legislative, state agency, county-based state agency). Eleven-plus years on non-partisan staff of the Washington State Senate Education Committee. Twelve years as Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Education (SBE).




Valeri WadeValeri Wade -- Supervisor

Valeri Wade has resided in Whatcom County for over 30 years. A graduate of WWU, she’s been a small business owner, a wholesale plant nursery manager, and an environmental activist. She believes the land use choices we make today are our gift to future generations.




Alan ChapmanAlan Chapman -- Supervisor

Alan has lived in the Laurel area since the late 1980s with his wife Catherine. They have raised two sons on a 6-acre property with a pond and water course draining roads and pastures in the area. We have raised livestock in the past but not recently.

He has been involved in salmon, tuna, trawl and reef fish biology, ecology and fisheries management and development in Canada, Vietnam, and the Pacific Islands prior to returning to the Pacific Northwest in 1985.  For the last 30+ years, he was employed in various positions by the Lummi Nation in the Natural Resources Department dealing with fisheries harvest management for maximum sustainable harvest of fish and shellfish and issues related to productivity, environmental and fisheries impacts and harvest sharing according to international, federal and Indian treaty laws. For the last 10 years his efforts have been focused on accommodating the human population growth without destroying the valued environmental goods and services that draw people to the area though the Puget Sound Partnership and its many sub-divisions.  He is participating in Whatcom County Watershed Planning, as a well owner and rural land owner with agricultural interests and the Puget Sound Partnership Strategic Implementation Teams for Shellfish and Habitat to support a healthy economy and human population while protecting species, clean water and habitat.

He retired from Lummi in early 2018 but pursues solutions to the longstanding problems associated with preservation of the rural heritage of Whatcom County through wise development of housing and associated infrastructure and employment opportunities to support the health and welfare of the community competing for limited land and water resources without destroying the valued ecosystem goods and services.  The Conservation District is a logical venue to pursue the solution of flood, farm, fish and water conflicts.


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