Emmett Wild is the new Manager of the Skagit Conservation District. He was asked by the Skagit Conservation District Supervisors to take on this role after working for five years as their Farm Planner and working with their now retired former Manager Bill Blake. Emmett’s work at the conservation district includes development of resource and nutrient management plans for dairy, livestock, and crop farmers, a dramatically scaled-up cost-share program, reengagement with the community of Blanchard to resolve Colony Creek farm, fish, and flood concerns, and development of a new riparian planting incentive program in partnership with the State Conservation Commission. Emmett’s prior job experience includes hobby, commercial, and dairy planning work for other conservation districts throughout Puget Sound; process engineering for a recycled plastics start-up in Arlington, MicroGreen Polymers; and studying eider ducks in Barrow, Alaska for the Endangered Species Program.
Emmett is committed to his community, with strong ties to agriculture and natural resource protection in the Stillaguamish and Skagit River watersheds. He sits on the board of the Silvana Water Association, Silvana Community Fair Board, and Northwest Agriculture Business Center.
“Assisting others to improve stewardship of our natural resources has been a core tenant of my work since I was young. My family and community taught me the values of respect, collaboration, education, and perseverance; all values that are important to the work of the Skagit Watershed Council. Our community and environment are rapidly changing, and it is more important than ever to enhance and protect our watershed’s natural resources. I would be honored to serve the SWC.”