Conservation Success Stories

The Conservation Commission and conservation districts integrate  science, technology, and effective strategies for engaging people into our  voluntary solutions. This helps us build community around conservation and  deliver multi-benefit results. You’ll find examples of these solutions—and  the results we’ve been able to celebrate with participating landowners and  partners—in these community success stories.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Gosnell Creek Farm and Habitat Improvement Project

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Mason Conservation District

The Mason Conservation District leveraged CREP funding to assist landowners along Gosnell Creek with making improvements to salmon habitat and farm practices. Gosnell Creek provides valuable habitat for coho and chum and is a tributary to Lake Isabella and Mill Creek. Several practices were installed to keep livestock from accessing the creek, including the construction of exclusion fencing to eliminate livestock access to the surface water. More than seven acres of native plants were planted to improve filtration and habitat, and more than 400 logs were placed in the stream to reduce erosion and improve the habitat for salmon. Three watering facilities were installed to provide livestock continues access to water.

Key partners: Washington State Conservation Commission, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program


  • Over 65,000 trees and shrubs were planted by the Mason County Conservation District restoration crew in stream side buffers and floodplain habitats.
  • A permeable paver system with a sand filter was designed by the Mason County Conservation District engineering team to treat stormwater runoff
  • Over 600 students participated in environmental education lessons adapted to virtual learning in response to COVID-19.

More Community Stories:

Whatcom Conservation District

Changing the Face of the Landscape

CREP has changed the landscape in Whatcom County” (Wayne Chaudiere, Whatcom Conservation District). Riparian buffers, such as the one shown in the photo, now span along 132 miles of stream in Whatcom County, forming a panorama of native tree and shrub forests that were just recently open fields or invasive plant species such as blackberry.

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Success Story Snapshot: Tucannon River

Success Story Snapshot: Tucannon River. Voluntary, watershed-based effort leads to increased salmon runs.

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Clallam Conservation District

Partnership Leads to Salmon Recovery Success

Over the past two years, Clallam Conservation District and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) have teamed up to plant conifer trees along the Elwha River, each bringing different resources to the table.

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