Meet the staff

Mike Tobin – District Manager

Mike Tobin

Mike Tobin

Mike has been with the NYCD since 1989 when he started as a resource technician and became the District Manager in 1995.  He grew up in the Ahtanum Valley and attended West Valley High School.   After High School, Mike went to Yakima Valley C.C. and finally to Washington State University.  He continues to attend every WAZZU home football game no matter what the record – GO COUGS!   As the District Manager, Mike is responsible for all aspects of the District’s Annual and 5-Year Plans.  He works closely with all local, State and Federal District Partners and the landowners the District serves to ensure that the District Plans are being implemented to protect, preserve and enhance NYCD’s natural resources.

Email:  mike-tobin@conservewa.net

Phone:  509-454-5736  Ext 122

 

 Brian Schmidt – Natural Resource Specialist

Brian Schmidt

Brian started as a part time employee with the District in 1995. He grew up in the Yakima Valley and earned a B.S. degree in Biology at Washington State University. At the District he works on the implementation grant, contracts and/or memorandums of agreement of assigned programs relating to the District’s annual and long range plans. Further, his responsibilities include working with private landowners, local, state, and federal entities to identify, implement, and monitor best management practices that protect, enhance, and promote the wise use of natural resources.

Email:  brian-schmidt@conservewa.net

Phone: 509-454-5736  Ext. 124


Justin Bader – Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program Coordinator

Justin Bader

Justin was born in Alaska and grew up in the Kittitas Valley. He attended Central Washington University, earning an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography and later a M.S. in Natural Resource Management. He started with the district in 2008 and coordinates the Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program (YTAHP) for the District. He works with landowners on fish screening and fish passage barrier concerns, as well as habitat improvements in high priority salmon and steelhead bearing streams.

Email:  justin-bader@conservewa.net

Phone:  509-454-5736  Ext. 117


Lisa Whalen – Environmental Educator

Lisa Whalen

Lisa Whalen

Lisa earned her BS in Biology from Seattle University, her MS in Health and Human Development from Montana State University, and spent several years working in science and math education in rural Alaska before returning home to Washington State. She currently spends the majority of her time traveling throughout Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat Counties delivering FREE hands-on environmental science and conservation lessons to elementary-aged students. If you are interested in having lessons in your classroom or know someone who might be, please get in touch!

Email: Lisa-Whalen@conservewa.net

Phone: 509-454-5736 Ext. 132


Bill Eller – WSCC Staff

Bill Eller

Bill Eller

Bill works for the Washington State Conservation Commission as the Central Washington Regional Manager and the Commission Elections Officer. Bill provides service and support to these conservation districts; Cascadia, Central Klickitat, Eastern Klickitat, Foster Creek, Grant, Kittitas County, Moses Lake, North Yakima, Okanogan, South Douglas, South Yakima, and Warden.

c/o NYCD
1606 Perry Street, Suite C
Yakima, WA 98902-5769
Cell:  509-385-7512
Fax:  509-454-5739
email:   beller@scc.wa.gov

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