Douglas County rancher named to help lead state wildlife commission

Molly Linville of Palisades, named co-chair Friday of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

OLYMPIA — A Douglas County rancher is the new co-chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Molly Linville, 46, has owned and operated the KV Ranch in Palisades since 2011, and formerly worked as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Linville has been a member of the state commission that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Department since 2019, when she was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

She’s also been active in campaigning for better wildfire protection for ranchlands in the Northwest. Her fellow commissioners voted 8-0 at their Friday meeting for Linville to co-chair the panel for the next two years. Current Chair Larry Carpenter will remain in that position.

“Commissioner Linville has proven herself a thoughtful, fair-minded and valuable voice on the Commission since she joined us two years ago,” Carpenter said. “I look forward to continue working with her to benefit all of Washington’s fish, wildlife, and residents.”