Natural Resource Investments

What is the Natural Resource Investments Program?

Conservation districts use Natural Resource Investments funding from the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) to offer local, incentive-based programs that empower landowners to voluntarily install best management practices (BMPs). BMPs advance progress toward resource objectives, such as improved water quality and habitat, and are farm-friendly.

Program accomplishments

Program Quick Facts

  • In FY 2019, conservation districts used Natural Resource Investments funding to assist landowners with implementing 235 best management practices that will improve the health of our water, air, land, and habitat.
  • Funding has been used to support direct seed projects that allow farmers to plant and fertilize crops in one or two passes, reducing erosion by 95 percent.
  • Many projects benefit salmonid species, including coho, Chinook, chum, and steelhead.

Why this program matters

Natural Resource Investments funding enables landowners and communities to complete voluntary projects that address state and local natural resource priorities – such as salmon recovery, climate resilience, and forest health.

Using funding from this program, conservation districts offer “cost-share” as an incentive for landowners to install eligible conservation projects. Cost-share means a landowner only pays a portion of a project’s total cost – the remaining portion is paid by the conservation district. This incentive increases landowner interest and participation in conservation work.

How it works

All conservation districts are eligible to are eligible for Natural Resource Investments funding. Conservation districts can find Program Guidelines on our Grants, Contracts, and Finance page.

More information

  • For general questions about Natural Resource Investments, contact Shana Joy (, 360-480-2078).
  • For conservation districts who have questions about Natural Resource Investments funding, please contact Melissa Vander Linden (, 360-407-7617).