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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10-02-2014

Inslee appoints Jim Wilcox to Puget Sound Partnership's Leadership Council

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed South Puget Sound family farmer Jim Wilcox to the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council, which serves as the state agency’s seven-member governing body.  The Puget Sound Partnership is a non-regulatory agency charged with mobilizing community efforts toward restoring Puget Sound.

Wilcox grew up on his family’s farm near Roy, along the Nisqually River. He focused on a career in the dairy division of Wilcox Farms until that division of the family business was sold in 2008. Wilcox is the former chairman of the Wilcox Farms board of directors, and is retired from day-to-day management.

Wilcox Farms has been located on the Nisqually River since 1909. Horn Creek, a salmon stream, runs through the farm. Before his retirement, Wilcox supported the effort to get Wilcox Farms certified as salmon safe. He also helped convert much of the farm to organic practices to protect the Nisqually River.

“Jim has shown leadership in balancing the needs of our region’s farming industry with our responsibility to keeping our waterways healthy for current and future generations,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “His experience balancing these sensitivities for more than three decades brings a valuable voice to the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council.”

Wilcox played a critical role in creating the Nisqually River Council in the 1980s. He served, along with the late Billy Frank Jr., on the board of the Nisqually River task force that created the Nisqually River Council, now one of the oldest watershed councils west of the Mississippi.

The Nisqually River Council brings together people from across the Nisqually Watershed to address a range of topics including salmon, water quality, recreation, public access, economic sustainability, tourism, forest health and many others. Wilcox brought a farming and business perspective to the council.

Wilcox has also served as a board member and president of Greater Lakes Mental Health; was a volunteer fireman for 30 years; has been a participant, board member and president of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Foundation; and has served on many trade groups and industry councils.

Wilcox currently serves on the boards of the Nisqually River Foundation and the Washington Food Industry Scholarship Foundation, and is a council member with the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound. He is currently working with the Nisqually Tribe and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group to design and build a multiple-mile trail through the farm where the public can view spawning salmon and walk along the creek and the river.

Wilcox’s term runs through June 25, 2017.

About the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency that leads and coordinates the efforts of governments, tribes, scientists, businesses, nonprofits and citizens to set priorities, implement a Puget Sound recovery plan and ensure accountability for results. For more information, go to www.psp.wa.gov.

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