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Island County Shore Stewards

Program Contact: Kristine Vannoy
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Kristine Vannoy
New Camano Coordinator


Kristine Vannoy started her new position with WSU Extension on March 1, 2022. She will be the new Extension Program Coordinator on Camano Island, replacing Jerilyn Ritzman. Her primary focus will be on the Shore Stewards program of Island County with additional support for the Master Gardener program and Waste Wise program on Camano Island. Kristine brings over 25 years of experience promoting local business through networking and community involvement, including her most recent position as the Director of Group Sales for Waterways Cruises on Lake Union in Seattle. She graduated from Washington State University and has a BA in Communications with a minor in English. Kristine is a full-time resident on Camano Island and a lifetime resident of Washington State.

Welcome to Island County Shore Stewards, birthplace of Washington Shore Stewards. Since 2003, nearly 1,000  waterfront residents, farmers, parks, port districts, cities and businesses on Whidbey and Camano islands have joined Shore Stewards to learn better ways of managing their land to preserve critical habitat for fish, wildlife and birds.

Shore StewardsIsland County differs in important ways from other Puget Sound counties. Our two main islands are small in area but dense in population and extensive in shoreline with nearly 200 miles. And we have very few cities. Most Island County residences rely on septic systems for sewage treatment, unlike the more urbanized areas of other counties. For this reason, the 10 Guidelines for Shoreline Living in Island County are tailored somewhat differently to reflect the character of our county and its demographics.

If you have shoreline property on Camano or Whidbey islands, or live in a community with shared access to the beach, and would like to learn how to preserve it for future generations, please sign up to become a Shore Steward.

Shore Stewards was introduced in 2003 as a project of Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), in partnership with dedicated volunteers of Washington State University (WSU) Beach Watchers of Camano Island. Beach Watcher volunteers developed the 10 original guidelines, wrote the acclaimed handbook, Guide for Shoreline Living, set up the enrollment form and conceived the original Shore Stewards website.


Want to Become a Shore Steward? Simply click on the logo to the left. Fill out the application and send it back to the Shore Stewards Coordinator for Island County at: or mail to:

Kristine Vannoy, WSU Extension
Shore Stewards Coordinator, Island County
121 N. East Camano Drive Camano Island, WA 98282

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