Horticultural Pest and Disease Board


The Whatcom Horticultural Pest Board is created to enable Whatcom County to more effectively control and prevent the spread of horticultural pests and diseases. The Board shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. Receive complaints
  2. Inspect
  3. Enforce
  4. Employ persons and purchase goods and equipment as necessary
  5. Educate the public
  6. Administrate


The Board meets four times per year. Special meetings held as necessary.


The Whatcom Horticultural Pest Board has 4 members appointed by the County Council. One such member shall have at least a practical knowledge of horticultural pests and diseases and the other members shall be residents of the county, shall own land within the county and shall be engaged in the primary and commercial production of a horticultural product or products, one of whom shall be engaged in the production of certified organic produce, if available.

The current members are:

  • Brett Pehl
  • Troy Kortus
  • John Grubb
  • Andrew Taylor
  • State Department of Agriculture Appointee, Kay Oakley
  • County Extension Agent (nonvoting member)

Vacancies and How to Apply

Term Information

    • 2-year terms, 2 term limit, 1 year separation required after 2 terms before eligible to reapply

Additional Information