2021 Board Election Candidates

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Jeanette Dorner

Biography: Jeanette was elected to the Pierce Conservation District Board in 2009 and has served as Board Chair since 2011. In 2016 Jeanette was elected Vice President of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and President in 2018.  She has a BS in Earth Sciences and BA in Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University and an MS from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources.  She has worked for the last two decades in salmon recovery and salmon habitat restoration including managing the Nisqually Tribe’s Salmon Recovery Program and most recently as the Nisqually Land Trust’s Executive Director.  

Statement: In her time on the PCD Board Jeanette has worked to stabilize the organization and increase its ability to provide service to the community.  Results include expanding the district’s farm planning program, growing the habitat program by adding marine shoreline restoration, creating a separate water quality program, and adding the Harvest Pierce County program.   Jeanette’s training and experience in natural resources conservation combined with her commitment to good governance creates an environment that enables district staff to be successful.  As a woman of color, Jeanette is especially proud of the district’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Kurt Spingath

Kurt Spingath

Biography: Kurt Spingath has been active in natural resource management his entire career. Forester for US Forest Service and publicly traded timber corporations. Agriculture and forestry consulting with agricultural supply companies and a farm cooperative. Currently an independent agriculture/agronomic consultant.

President of American Lake Improvement Club, Board Member Washington Vegetation management Association, Past Chair Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Volunteer lake monitor for Pierce Conservation District since 2014, Volunteer Stewardship Committee Chambers Clover Creek Watershed Council

Professional Forester, Agriculture Consultant, Owner Eco DASH Services, diver assisted suction harvesting of aquatic invasive plant species.

BS Natural Resource Management, University of Idaho

Statement: My career in natural resource management lends itself perfectly to the Pierce Conservation vision to improve water quality, promote sustainable agriculture, create thriving habitat, and build a just and healthy food system for all, through education, community engagement, and financial and technical assistance. In addition to my technical expertise in agriculture, vegetation management and forestry, I have taught numerous workshops and classes to all age groups. I have worked with private and public stake holders at the municipal, state and federal levels throughout my career. Throughout my career and volunteer work I am motivated by a strong conservation ethic.