The sixteen-member Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission charged with administering the Endowment Fund consists of an eight-person Canadian delegation appointed by the Premier of British Columbia and an eight-person U.S. delegation appointed by the Mayor of Seattle. All are appointed to four-year terms on a staggered basis.
Each delegation has four Commissioners and four Alternate Commissioners who vote in the Commissioner's absence. In practice, all members of the Commission participate in a wide variety of projects.
Each delegation elects a Chair from among their Commissioners to serve for the duration of their term.
How SEEC Works
The Commission meets several times a year to administer the Fund by reviewing project proposals, monitoring contracts and addressing environmental issues in the Upper Skagit Watershed. The Commission's budget must be approved by the Province of British Columbia and Seattle City Council.
The Commission does not manage any land itself. Rather, it cooperates with government agencies in both the U.S. and Canada which are responsible for this land. Most is publicly owned and administered by the park agencies in the respective countries.
To ensure the preservation and protection of the natural and cultural resources and recreational opportunities of the Upper Skagit Watershed at the highest North American management standards through advocacy, promoting international cooperation and strategic partnerships and investments.
The Upper Skagit watershed, located in both Canada and the United States, is recognized as a unique, ecologically significant north American treasure, protected forever and managed as a single ecosystem. Its natural, cultural and wilderness values are conserved and restored for the sustainable use and enjoyment of current and future generations.