Scott is one of SCD’s most steadfast partners on Camano Island. Scott served as the Washington State University (WSU) Island County Shore Stewards Coordinator for many years and is an active volunteer for Sound Water Stewards and WSU Waste Wise. His commitment to protecting and conserving the health of shorelines and water resources, in part by continually bringing together organizations with similar objectives and hordes of dedicated volunteers, is what makes his partnership over the years so inspiring. It seems that Scott knows every environmental group on Camano Island and Snohomish County. Scott believes that we can accomplish more when we share our strengths, ideas, and energy. Scott retired from his position with WSU in November 2017, but vows to remain an avid and committed volunteer. We are grateful for his dedication.
Terry Williams, Lifetime Achievement
Terry is, and has been an important leader in the tribal and salmon recovery communities throughout the Pacific Northwest since the 1980’s. Previously as the Tribal Liaison to the Environmental Protection Agency, and currently as Commissioner of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Terry often speaks to groups about tribal treaty rights and the importance of working together with private landowners. He has dedicated his lifetime working tirelessly to establish collaborative forums to tackle some of the toughest issues surrounding salmon recovery and the restoration of Puget Sound. He has lead efforts to establish a number of important groups that foster and implement his collaborative spirit including: the Northwest Straits Commission, Marine Resource Committees, Qualco Energy, Snohomish Salmon Recovery Forum, Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy and the Puget Sound Partnership Local Integration Organizations.
Brea Dormaier, Conservation Leader of the Year
Brea is a dedicated 4th grade teacher, who, every year, with her teaching team, invites SCD to teach their students about environmental education. The classrooms host a tank of salmon so students can make observations about their growth. With her administrators and teaching team, Brea also helped champion student involvement in the installation of green schoolyard projects like rain barrels, rain gardens and garden beds that create impactful environmental education learning opportunities for years to come!
Eric Fritch, Conservation Leader of the Year
Eric currently supports four farms on his farmstead, all of which promote conservation and sustainability. He has a strong passion for generational farming and spends time mentoring youth about animal husbandry and proper care. Eric is highly engaged in the agricultural community and he also has his own sustainable grass-fed beef operation, with a fully implemented farm plan and extensive riparian fencing.
Carol McMahon, Conservation Leader of the Year
Carol is an enthusiastic neighborhood steward who has worked with SCD to install a rain garden and a rain barrel system at her home to reduce stormwater runoff. Carol then took initiative to share her projects with neighbors by inviting them to participate in a cost-share opportunity with the City of Lynnwood and SCD. Carol’s neighbors followed her enthusiastic lead by installing rain barrels and rain gardens at their homes, resulting in their neighborhood collectively capturing and filtering substantial stormwater runoff and protecting local waterways.
Holly Small, Conservation Leader of the Year
Holly is passionate about farming and uses her own experiences, including a background in cattle ranching, to provide real-world scenarios in her classes. She has developed farming programs that have been adopted statewide. Beyond education, she is a thoughtful and caring person who has comforted those who are struggling and has helped farmers who are passing their farms onto the next generation. SCD staff have enjoyed working with Holly on the development and implementation of the WSU Cultivating Success program.
Robyn Smith, Conservation Leader of the Year
Robyn runs Equine Life Solutions, an innovative facility that offers horse riding lessons, therapy and natural resources/agriculture education to underserved urban youth. Working with SCD she installed a manure composting system, a rain garden, and a set of cisterns to reduce stormwater runoff to Little Bear Creek creek while collecting rainwater for livestock. Robyn is always striving to be a good steward of the land while passing knowledge on to the next generation.
James Osborn, Youth Conservation Leader of the Year
James is an inspiration to others. He is in his second year of participating in the Discovery Elementary Garden Club, which meets weekly before school. He is excited to learn information about plants and gardens, and shares this knowledge with others. He shows a commitment to taking care of and protecting the garden and an awareness of the value of having it at his school. His club advisor believes that the interest he shows with this project could lead to a future in an environmental field of study/work!
Jarrett Delfel, Youth Conservation Leader of the Year
Jarrett is an exceptional youth, and is close to completing the requirements for Eagle Scout. All over Snohomish County, Jarrett has shown his leadership abilities, maturity & sense of community. He has a way of connecting with members of the community including his peers, adults and professionals and involves everyone in a collaborative process. A great example of this is his Eagle Scout project, which is a shelter that will last for 20-30 years and used on a regular basis by every 5th Grade student in the Marysville School District as part of the Jones Creek Outdoor Environmental Education program.
Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, Youth Conservation Leader of the Year
Emily is a leader amongst Edmonds-Woodway High School students in community projects to obtain and disseminate scientific data on water quality. In spite of heavy workloads as a full time International Baccalaureate student, Emily has been in the field to collect data every month regardless of weather. Her dedication to conservation has included hands-on work releasing over 800 juvenile Coho salmon into upper stream areas and habitat restoration in Shell Creek, where students planted 400 native plants along the creek to enhance the habitat for salmon.