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The Soil and Water Conservation Commission provides assistance and direction to Oregon's 45 conservation d​​istricts and advises and develops policy with the department in the administration of its duties. To assist with this advisory role, the chair of the commission, by statute, is also a member of the State Board of Agriculture. The commission also has a major role in overseeing the SWCD support grant.

Soil and Water Conservation Commission members

Barbara Boyer

Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Position: Chair
Term Expires: November 2024
Lower Willamette Area, representing: Benton SWCD, Douglas SWCD, Lincoln SWCD, Polk SWCD, Siuslaw SWCD, Umpqua SWCD, and Yamhill SWCD. Phone: 503.472.5974. Email:​.

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Jerry Ward

Location: Newberg, Oregon
Position: Vice Chair
Term Expires: June 2023
North Coast Area, representing: Clatsop SWCD, Columbia SWCD, Tillamook County SWCD, Tualatin SWCD, and West Multnomah SWCD​. Phone: 503.628.0691. Email:​.

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Ken Bailey

Location: The Dalles, Oregon
Term Expires: August 2023
Deschutes Area, representing: Crook County SWCD, Deschutes SWCD, Hood River SWCD, Jefferson County SWCD, Sherman County SWCD, and Wasco County SWCD​​​. Phone: 541.993.6556. Email:

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Jim Bob Collins

Location: Mitchell, Oregon
Term Expires: July 2026
John Day Area representing: Gilliam County SWCD, Grant SWCD, Harney SWCD, Monument SWCD, Morrow SWCD, Umatilla County SWCD, and Wheeler SWCD.

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Stan Dean

Location: Ashland, Oregon
Term Expires: June 2024
Southern Oregon Area, representing: Coos SWCD, Curry County SWCD, Fort Rock/Silver Lake SWCD, Illinois Valley SWCD, Jackson SWCD, Josephine SWCD, Klamath SWCD, and Lakeview SWCD. Phone: 530.902.7415. Email:

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Al Hrynyshyn

Location: Junction City, Oregon
Term Expires: July 2024
Upper Willamette Area, representing: Clackamas County SWCD East Multnomah SWCD, Linn SWCD, Marion SWCD, and Upper Willamette SWCD. Phone: 385.329.9025. Email:

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Tim Kerns

Location: Haines, Oregon
Term Expires: July 2025
Eastern Oregon Area, representing: Baker Valley SWCD, Burnt River SWCD, Eagle Valley SWCD, Keating SWCD, Malheur SWCD, Union SWCD, and Wallowa SWCD. Phone: 541.856.3494. Email:​.

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​SWCC meetings​