The WACD Plant Materials Center, established in 1993, is owned and operated by the Washington Association of Conservation Districts. It is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation. The mission of the WACD Plant Materials Center is to grow and provide high quality conservation plants, and customer service for the benefit of Natural Resources throughout the state of Washington. Our 60 acre conservation bareroot nursery, located in Skagit County, WA, produces more than 80 species of quality 1 and 2-year-old conservation grade seedlings and cuttings--1.5 million plants annually. Our plants are propagated from source-identified, wild-collected seeds and are utilized for conservation projects throughout the northwest.
The Washington Association of Conservation Districts is a non-profit organization representing Washington’s 45 Conservation Districts, whose mission is to advance the purpose of Conservation Districts and their constituents by providing leadership, education, information and representation. Its roots go back to the 1940's. Specific goals of WACD are accomplished through legislative activities, capacity building and the work of numerous standing issue committees and task forces.
Conservation Districts are legal subdivisions of state government authorized by RCW 89.08 to develop and administer voluntary, non-regulatory programs for the wise use and conservation of natural resources in the state of Washington. Districts are governed by a board of locally elected and appointed supervisors who establish priorities and set policies working with their communities.
Conservation Districts are Washington’s only locally driven conservation delivery system that identifies natural resource problems, provides site specific technical and financial assistance, and builds success based on voluntary solutions.
Being located in communities across the state allows each individual district to provide community support to private landowners and farmers, local governments, nongovernmental organizations and commercial businesses. The primary objective of alliances between WACD and these entity types is to support, guide and protect utilization of natural resources.
Nursery Manager and Technical Adviser
Jim has been with the PMC since 1997. He has a degree in Botany from the University of Idaho and previous work experience in horticulture and the US Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger. Growing native plants for use in conservation projects has been a great opportunity. One of the best perks that comes with the job is working with a dedicated staff and a clientele devoted to conserving and restoring our great natural resources He lives in Burlington with his wife Laurie, a black lab and 2 cats. They have a grown daughter living in Bellingham. Jim enjoys bicycling, hiking, cooking and photography. It is particularly rewarding for him to see plants from the PMC growing in conservation projects and he looks forward to helping others provide homes for more native plants.
Assistant Nursery Manager
John Knox joined the team in 2018 as the Assistant Manager. His conservation background includes growing native grasses and forbs, monitoring vegetation in the sagesteppe, instructing veterans in organic agriculture, and serving in AmeriCorps positions with the US Fish & Wildlife service and Student Conservation Association. He is a Marine Corps veteran, and he graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Outside of the PMC, he owns and operates Holy Basil Farm.
His photo was taken at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Financial Accounting and Human Resources Administrator
Jess joined the PMC in 2019 as Sales Manager. She holds degrees in Environmental Sciences-Natural Resources and Geographic Information Sciences from Oregon State University. She is a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead and has worked in Conservation, Fisheries Enhancement, and Customer Service for many years. She lives in Anacortes, Washington with her partner, where she avidly volunteers with numerous conservation foundations. She is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys sailing, skiing, camping, cooking, hiking with her terrier mix, Oakley, and spending time gardening -- with the help of her chickens. She looks forward to helping you obtain native plants for all of your projects.
Farm Operations Supervisor
Bill has been with the PMC since April, 2006. He came here with a long background in farming in the county. Bill worked and ran their family farm most of his life. His experience and skills are invaluable to the PMC. He maintains and repairs equipment that ranges from a 1950 Ferguson T 030 tractor to a later model Case 125 Maxxum. Bill runs the lifting crew during plant harvest in the winter and is responsible for bringing all of the bare root seedlings into our packing shed. He and his wife Dorothea enjoy camping, bicycling and gardening.
Herminia has been with the PMC since 2019.