Bill Blake is currently the Manager of the Skagit Conservation District. Bill’s natural resource management experience began in 1984 when working as an Environmental Technician for Weyerhaeuser. Bill became one of the regions many displaced timber workers allowing him to attend Skagit Valley College where he received his Associates degree in Environmental Conservation. Bill’s job experience includes forest road inventory with WA Department of Ecology, farm planning with Snohomish Conservation District, habitat restoration with Stilly/Sno Fisheries Enhancement Task Force, Field Supervisor with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and most recently Natural Resource Manager and Assistant Director of Community Development with the City of Arlington.
Bill has been a member of the Stillaguamish Watershed Council since 1993 and Co-Chair for seventeen of those years. Bill continues to attend the Stillaguamish Watershed Council as Lake Cavanaugh and Pilchuck Creek are within his Skagit Conservation District work area. He sits on the Skagit Valley College (SVC) Environmental Conservation Program Advisory Board and the SVC President’s Workforce Roundtable. He also serves on the Arlington High School FFA advisory board, Chair of the Arlington School District General Advisory Committee for Career Technology Programs, and a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council.
“My long-term personal goal has been to guide the people of Northern Puget Sound along a path of environmental and economic sustainability. The role of the Skagit Watershed Council provides a great opportunity to work towards that personal goal. I am a true believer that local people working on local initiatives leads to those grassroots successes that will carry over for generations to come”.