Michele Culver
Regional Director

360-249-1229 Fax

For more information,
hard copies of documents,
or to get involved
please contact:

Heather Reed
Coastal Policy Coordinator

360-249-1229 fax

Jessi Doerpinghaus
Coastal Marine Policy Analyst


Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia WA 98501-1091


Wahkium County MRC

Coastal MRCs
Wahkiakum County

Mission: The Wahkiakum County Marine Resources Committee’s mission is to address local marine issues; recommend remedial actions to local, state, tribal, and federal authorities; and build local awareness of the issues and support for remedies consistent with the interim “Benchmarks of Performance” as adopted by the Coastal MRC Work Group on January 7, 2009.

Priority Actions for 2015:

  • Continued MRC representation at the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council
  • Continuation of a citizen science monitoring program to study seals and sea lions and their predation in the Lower Columbia River Estuary
  • Support for local high school field trips to engage students in learning about marine life in the Lower Columbia River Estuary
  • Support the creation and implementation of a Select Area Fisheries Enhancement study and business plan for local commercial fisheries
  • Support for Restoration of a 100 year old Gillnet Fishing Vessel
  • Enhancement of public safety at the Elochoman Slough Marina
  • Continued hands on training to the public in the preservation of fish
  • Provide funding to support student monitoring in the new tidal habitat (Dead Slough) Habitat Restoration

For more information, contact the MRC’s coordinator Carrie Backman.

Carrie Backman
WSU Wahkiakum County Extension, Director
25 River Street, Ste E (lower level)
PO Box 278
Cathlamet, WA 98612

Ph: 360-795-3278

Wahkiakum County MRC members
Member Organization Representation
Carrie Backman WSU Wahkiakum County Extension MRC Coordinator
Donna Westlind WSU Wahkiakum County Extension MRC Assistant Coordinator
David Goodroe Town of Cathlamet Local Government
Bob Kizziar, Chairperson Wahkiakum Port District 1 Local Government
Kayrene Gilbertsen, Vice-Chairperson Wahkiakum Port District 2 Local Government
Carol Ervest Citizen Local Resident
Jim Culbertson Citizen Local Resident
George Exum Citizen Environmental and Conservation
Pat Frazier Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board Science
Vacant   Science
Mike Backman Commercial Fisherman Chair, Economic
Mike Clark Commercial Fisherman Economic
Sol Mertz Business Owner Economic
Vacant   Recreation
Jeff Rooklidge Wahkiakum School District Environmental and Conservation
Paula Culbertson Citizen Alternate – Environmental and Conservation
Terry Ostling Commercial Fisherman Alternate - Economic

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