Linda Lyshall

 Executive Director

Contact Linda at 360-378-6621 ext.302 or linda@sjicd.org

Linda Lyshall is the Executive Director for the San Juan Islands Conservation District. She has a long-held passion for natural resource conservation and over a decade of experience implementing conservation projects and programs with state and local government.

Prior to her work with the Conservation District, she initiated the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) to help empower local climate action. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies; a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management; and a PhD in Leadership and Change. She enjoys taking in the beauty of the San Juans, hiking the local trails and getting out on the water as much as possible.

Bruce Gregory

 Natural Resources Planner

Contact Bruce at 360-378-6621 ext.303 or bruce@sjicd.org

Bruce is a certified USDA-NRCS Farm & Forest Planner and a long-time resident of San Juan Island. He and his wife, Colleen Howe-Gregory, own and operate Mitchell Bay Farm & Nursery. Their farm has agricultural production in grass raised lamb, Kiwifruit, Asian pears, Cane berries, figs, small round bale haylage and they keep bees.

Bruce is a member of the Agricultural Resources Committee, the Noxious Weed Control Board, the Economic Development Council and the Island Grown Farmer’s Cooperative. He also serves as a board member of the Northwest Agricultural Business Center in Mt. Vernon, WA. Bruce has a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University, and Post-Bac from WWU and was a participant in the two year WSU/Kellogg Foundation/Holistic Management statewide program.


Ellen Jones

 Natural Resources Planner

Contact Ellen at 360-378-6621 ext.304 or ellen@sjicd.org

Ellen lives on Shaw Island where she and her husband operate a small organic farm.  At the Conservation District, Ellen works as a Natural Resource Planner doing farm and forest planning and coordinating the cost share program. She is also involved in education and outreach, and works as a stormwater monitor for Lopez Island.

Ellen has a Master’s degree in Environmental Horticulture from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.  She comes to the Conservation District with a background in forestry and ecological restoration and is passionate about conservation of natural resources and supporting sustainable agriculture in the islands.








Tom Slocum

 PE, District Engineer

Contact Tom at 360-428-4313 or tom@skagitcd.org

Tom is the Washington conservation districts’ Northwest Region engineer, providing licensed professional engineering services to the San Juan Islands Conservation District and its counterpart districts in Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties. Tom’s background includes over twenty years of experience in the environmental field working with public agencies and consulting firms at the local, national, and international level.

Tom is particularly interested in natural habitat restoration projects and has assisted individual landowners, non-profit organizations and public agencies in obtaining funding for, permitting, designing and managing construction of scores of such projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University, and a law degree from Seattle University.


Erin Licata

Youth Conservation Corps Program Manager


Contact Erin at 360-378-6621 or erin@sjicd.org

A Pacific Northwest native, Erin has a strong background in environmental research, monitoring and restoration throughout Western Washington.  Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University Huxley College.  She enjoys backpacking, culinary mushroom hunting, canoeing, carving, painting, and utilizing traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in native resource ID and gathering.  She has deep cultural and spiritual connections with the San Juan Islands and wholly believes in the seven-generation perspective on sustainability and that the health of our people is directly dependent on the health of our environment.


Robert Walters

Water Resources Manager

Contact Robert at 360-378-6621 ext.304 or robert@sjicd.org

Robert is a long time resident of San Juan Island where he makes his home with his wife and daughter. A recent graduate of Oregon State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy and Management, he is in the midst of a career transition. Coordinating the San Juan County Stormwater Monitoring Pilot Program is his primary focus. He is also involved in a recently deployed Regional Stream Monitoring Program, as well as other water quality projects involving the Conservation District. Robert is excited about the opportunity to combine his passion for natural resources with his work. He finds all aspects of natural systems and their functions to be astounding. His lifelong obsession with fishing, hunting, and being in natural wild areas has led to a deep appreciation for all these systems as well as a desire to preserve and care for them. Robert is very active in the Friday Harbor community, enjoys coaching youth sports, and is very proud to serve as Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 163.


Lynne Mercer

Office Administrator


Contact Lynne at 360-378-6621 or Lynne@sjicd.org

Lynne joined the CD in June of 2016 as Bookkeeper/Administrator. She is a long-time islander having homesteaded five acres with her two young children back in 1974. For many years, she traversed all parts of the islands as a real estate broker, then ‘turned left’ and went back to New York to get her Master’s Degree. She is an avid gardener, bird observer, poet and painter.

Angie Shepard

Project Manager


Contact Angie at 360-378-6621 or angie@sjislandscd.org

Angie recently moved to San Juan Island with her husband and three kids. Angie grew up on an eastern Oregon farm working in the fields, driving a combine and helping her family raise wheat and peas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in rangeland ecology and management from Oregon State University and then ranched in eastern Oregon, Washington and Idaho for the next 12 years raising beef cattle. Continuing on to University of Idaho to earn her Master of Science degree in Natural Resources Management with a range emphasis, Angie conducted riparian gazing research through the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.


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