Port of Woodland Commissioners

Rob Rich
Rob RichDistrict #1

Term: 2022-present

Committees: Marine Development.
Current assignments: Currently Secretary of the Commission.  Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) and member of the WQCC.

Rob worked in the tug and barge operations serving the Columbia Snake River System for over four decades, engaged in the regional port system and issues and opportunities that they bring to their community. Rob is married to Amy and moved to Woodland in 2015 because of its community, services and access to recreation which they enjoy on the Lewis and Columbia River. Rob was raised in North Idaho and has two grown children, eight grandchildren, and their new dog Wyatt, which brings a great joy to their lives.
Robert Wile
Robert WileDistrict #2

Term: 2018- present

Committees: Public Access/recreation.
Current assignments: Alternate for Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) and member of the WQCC.

Bob and his wife Kris own  TLC Wheelchair Services, Inc. Bob retired from Stellar J.
Paul Cline
Paul ClineDistrict #3

Term: 2008-present

Committees: Dark Fiber.
Current assignments: Currently President of the Commission.  Trustee to the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA), Alternate for CWCOG, and member of the WQCC.

Paul and his wife Cheryl live in the Yale Valley and have three grown children. Paul is a retired teacher of band/choir at Woodland High School and served as a volunteer for Cowlitz/Skamania Fire District #7.

Where is the Port of Woodland?

The Port of Woodland is located on the Columbia River near the I-5 corridor between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon in the beautiful Lewis River valley. The Port has approximately 400 acres of both light and heavy industrial property immediately available for development.

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The Port of Woodland was formed on September 13, 1960 as development of the Interstate 5 corridor began reshaping the industrial system between Seattle and Portland. More...

Development focused on accommodating light and heavy industrial development with the first acquisition at Austin Point in 1961 for deep water development along the Columbia River. The leadership of the Port’s first Commission of William Pflueger, Eldon Robinson and William Schultz centered on redevelopment for industrial use.

Served by Interstate 5 and Burlington Northern Santa Fe main line, the Port focused on developing industrial parks within the City of Woodland in the 1970s which continues today. The Port formed the Industrial Development District as a mechanism provided by the State of Washington, to spur additional financing opportunities to businesses. Original purchases along Pekin Road provided opportunity for redevelopment and sale of port property including to Columbia River Carbonates.

In the 1980s, the Port purchased a significant land holding from the Rose Growers Bulb Farm for the Schurman Way Industrial Park. A partnership between Cowlitz county, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, private developers and the Port spurred infrastructure including the Schurman Way Spur, still in operation today and dual served by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific. The 1980s also included the advancement of serving Austin Point for rail with the acquisition of rail access property. The Port continues that effort currently with the potential purchase of Kuhnis road property owned by the Department of Natural Resources. This property would provide rail access for prospective tenants to Austin Point.

In the 1990s, a seven-acre parcel along Down River Drive was developed for light industrial and manufacturing businesses with constructed buildings. The six-building park is one of the only complexes of set buildings the Port built for building leases.

Planning for future industrial development parks focused on Guild Road at the end of 1990s and into early 2000s. the Port purchased additional property along Guild Road for future industrial parks, now referred to as Rose Way Industrial Park and Centennial Industrial Park. Rose Way will include six Port owned buildings for lease. Centennial will include 8 lots ranging in lot sizes for industrial lease, lease to purchase, or purchase sale.

The Port of Woodland is a lead agency for the State Environmental Policy Act records and documents for projects and non-projects on port-owned facilities per RCW 43.21. The Port maintains an internal roster for those to receive notifications. If you are interested in being placed on the SEPA notification list, please complete the form below. You will only receive emails from the Port of Woodland regarding Port SEPA related activities.

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