Dick Ryon, Chair
Dick was elected to the KCD Board in 2014. While not having actively worked with farmers, ranchers and dairymen in the agricultural districts in King County, he is no stranger to rural and forest areas, having been employed by Weyerhaeuser Company as a Professional Forester and Land Use Manager in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Lewis Counties for almost 20 years. Dick also serves on the King County Rural Forest Commission.
Dick brings a continuity of regional natural resource priorities from his participation on the 2013 King County/KCD Task Force/Conservation Panel. The purpose of the Task Force was three fold: (1) Identify the availability of conservation and natural resource programs and services in King County; (2) Identify the needs, both met and unmet for such services and programs, and (3) Identify the actual and prospective sources of funding to meet such needs.
Burr Mosby, Vice-Chair
A first generation farmer, Burr Mosby was appointed to serve a three-year term on the KCD Board by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Burr started farming in 1977 and today Mosby Farms grows 350 acres of vegetables in the valleys of Auburn, Sumner and Orting. The farm supplies produce houses, grocery chains and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.
Burr and his family are involved in state and local agriculture advocacy and community groups that support agriculture and healthy eating. Mosby Farms believes in giving back to the community and does so by donating produce to local food banks and soup kitchens from Seattle to Orting. Being a good steward of the land is of utmost priority for the future of agriculture, and Burr shares his knowledge from farmer’s perspective as a member of the KCD Board of Supervisors.
Bill Knutsen, Secretary/Auditor
Bill Knutsen is no stranger to the changes that have swept across the King County landscape. Bill is a third generation dairy farmer, now retired. He graduated from Northshore schools and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Central Washington College School of Business.
Bill ran a thriving dairy business with his family in the Bothell area for many years, bottling the milk and delivering it to area homes. Eventually, the family business evolved to include a drive thru dairy store in the 1970’s and 80’s. Bill is currently serving his 4th term as a King Conservation District supervisor.
In addition to his service to KCD, Bill has been a King County Ag Commissioner and was president of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association – an organization charged with helping farmers operate profitably. Bill is married, with a son and a daughter and six grandchildren.
Jim Haack, Supervisor
Jim joined the KCD Advisory Committee in 2014 to help KCD chart its future in supporting conservation across the region. His role, along with numerous other dedicated stakeholders, was to help guide the implementation of the KCD/King County Conservation Panel and Task Force recommendations.
Jim’s experience as a boy in the Ozark hills built his conservation values, including passion for the land and for the livestock on it. Fifteen years ago Jim and his wife of 29 years their young family to the Snoqualmie Valley.
Says Jim, “Moving forward, KCD will play a more integrated role in implementing regional food policy and building social equity and will expand its contribution to local solutions for healthy cities facing long-term climate related issues.”
Jim strongly believes we have entered a new era in conservation both locally and regionally. “Economically viable farming in King County that supports families and feeds us locally is on the rise. Farmers here, with renewed support, are joining conservationist, cities and non-profit advocacy groups to lead change.”
Max Prinsen, Supervisor
Max has served on the KCD Board since 2012. Max and his wife Erin founded Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW) in 1999 to protect a unique habitat that includes a rare peat bog in southeast King County Washington. The SHADOW team works to continuously expand and enhance the non-profit’s educational programs and protect the fragile ecosystem. SHADOW provides education for schools and the public with outreach to nearby communities.