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About SYCD

The South Yakima Conservation District is a political subdivision of the State of Washington that seeks, utilizes, and coordinates assistance from all available sources. We are authorized under provisions of the Washington State Soil and Water Conservation District Law, Chapter 89.08  in the revised code of Washington (RCW).

Our primary goal is to promote the wise use, development, and conservation of our renewable natural resources by providing assistance to local landowners to address conservation resource concerns.

South Yakima Conservation District was organized and chartered by the State of Washington September 24, 1974. It was a consolidation of the former Toppenish District whose name changed from Wapato (1949) and Lower Yakima Valley District (1947).

The Conservation District is governed by a Board of five Supervisors who serve voluntarily. There are 45 Conservation Districts in Washington State.


Office Staff

District Manager

Rodney Heit -

Resource Conservation Planner

Savannah Crnick -


Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Holidays

Board Members


Dirk Van Slageren

Vice Chair

Javier Lopez

Board Member - Elected

Jeff Geertsma

Board Member - Elected

Kristyn Mensonides

Board Member - Appointed

Ky Shinn

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held on Wednesday during the first full week of each month at 4:00 PM. Meetings are held in person at the District office with a virtual Zoom option.

Upcoming Board Meeting Agendas will be available before each meeting as a Word document with the Zoom link.

The Board Meeting for May 8 had to be rescheduled for May 15 at 4 PM due to lack of quorum. Below is the updated agenda.

Contact Us

200 Cheyne Road / PO BOX 1766

Zillah, WA 98953

(509) 829 - 9025

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