Washington State University Extension

Columbia County



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County Extension Office History

1918 to 2014

The Columbia County Extension office was established in 1918 with the first agricultural agent J. Mitchell Lewis. Lewis served Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties from June 16, 1918 through December 31, 1919. He then became the agricultural agent for only Columbia County from January 1, 1920 until August 20, 1922. Other agricultural agents (county directors) since then include A.Z. Smith (Sept.1, 1922 to Nov. 1, 1922), Carl Anderson (Aug. 30, 1933 to Nov. 1, 1945), Robert (Bob) Williams (Nov. 1, 1945 to June 6, 1954), Arthur (Art) Sunderland (June 14, 1954 to July 15, 1979), Roland Schirman (Oct. 4 1979 to Nov. 1, 2004), and Paul G. Carter (May1, 2005 to present). The office was vacant for 11 years from Nov. 1, 1922 to Aug. 30, 1933.

Early Extension Office

Extension Office information

Washington State University’s Columbia County Extension Office and staff connect the people of Columbia County to the research and knowledge base of the state’s land grant research university. This knowledge base provides solutions to local issues and concerns while stimulating the local economy. Our county-based faculty work with partners in the local communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to create a positive future for the residents of Columbia County.

Our local programs include Agriculture, Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth & Families. In addition, Washington State University can supply over 2,200 publications, numerous online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four Research and Extension Centers, 15 Academic Departments and six of WSU’s Academic Colleges.


* Highlight Items

Marksmen (4-H Club) Take Aim at Gun Safety

By Dian Ver Valen The Times     Click for details

Kids Sharpen Shooting Skills

The Columbia County Marksmen is one of the county’s largest 4-H clubs with approximately 22 members (about half girls and half boys) between the ages of eight and 17.


Current and Local Events

* American Legion Ham Bingo – April 12 @ Dayton Elementary Multipurpose Room

The annual American Legion ham Bingo will be held April 12 starting at 4:00 PM. 4-H and other local youth groups will be helping.

* County Fair Kickoff Dinner and Auction – Fairgrounds April 26 @ 6:00 – 10:00 PM

The Columbia County Annual Fair Kickoff Dinner and Auction will be held on April 26 at the fairgrounds starting at 6:00 PM with dinner at 6:30 PM. Music entertainment by Richard and Nancy Monacelli. Tickets  are required and can be purchased from Fair Board members, Fair Hostesses, and at the Village Shops in Dayton.

* Extension Forest Health Workshops – April 26 and May 31 @ 9:00 AM to Afternoon

Forest Health workshops will meet at Fire Station District 3. April 26, will address fire, insects, disease, climate change and other subjects pertaining to overall forest health. Following lunch (bring or on your own), a field trip follows to a nearby forest property where field measurements and management techniques are addressed with forestry professionals, WSU Extension forester Steve McConnell and DNR entomologist Mike Johnson.

Thinning and pruning workshop, May 31, will help landowners make of the most of their investments and keep stands growing.

There is NO cost to these workshops and it is a great way to learn more about managing your timber stands to meet you and your family’s needs.  Additional information is on the way!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Naylor, (509) 386-6021,

Columbia County, WSU Extension, Columbia County, 202 South 2nd Street, Dayton, WA 99328, 509-382-4741, Contact Us
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