About the Commission

Meet the Washington State Conservation Commission

Our mission is to conserve natural resources on all lands in Washington in collaboration with conservation districts and other partners.

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) is the coordinating state agency for all 45 conservation districts (CDs) in Washington State. Together, the SCC and CDs provide voluntary, incentive-based programs that empower private landowners to implement conservation on their property.

The SCC was created by the legislature in 1939 (RCW 89.08.070) to support conservation districts through financial and technical assistance; administrative and operational oversight; program coordination; and promotion of district activities and services.

Two people holding large printed page with LIDAR Data visuals

Reviewing LIDAR data during a Conservation Commission tour hosted by Adams Conservation District

Duties of the SCC include:

  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration between conservation districts and other partners (e.g. state and federal agencies, tribes, local government, non-governmental organizations)
  • Facilitate ways for conservation districts to serve natural resource partners in delivering resource conservation programs and activities to their local community.
  • Coordinate and assist conservation district programs, administrative procedures, operations, elections, and accountability systems.
  • Determine the distribution of state funds to conservation districts and monitor their expenditure.

The Commission consists of a 10-member governing board representing Governor appointees, other state agencies, and conservation districts. A small staff carries out the direction of the board, provides direct service to conservation districts, and coordinates the work of the Commission and districts with other natural resource and agricultural partners. While our headquarters office is located in Lacey, we have agency staff in several communities around the state, including: Okanogan, Spokane, Goldendale, and Yakima.

See the Agency Org Chart

Who sits on the SCC Board of Commissioners?

  • Four Commission members are appointed to represent state partners (Departments of Ecology, Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and Washington State University).
  • Two Commissioners are appointed by the Governor.
  • Three Commissioners are current CD board supervisors elected to serve on the Commission by members of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD).
  • One Commissioner is the WACD President.
Members of the Conservation Commission

More information:

Community Success Stories

Clark Conservation District: Empowering urban/small acreage farms
Clark

Clark Conservation District: Empowering urban/small acreage farms

Spokane Conservation District: Vets on the Farm
Spokane

Spokane Conservation District: Vets on the Farm

 Clallam Conservation District: Re-opening shellfish beds in Dungeness Bay
Clallam

Clallam Conservation District: Re-opening shellfish beds in Dungeness Bay

North Yakima Conservation District: Ahtanum Creek and viable farmland
N. Yakima

North Yakima Conservation District: Ahtanum Creek and viable farmland