What are Conservation Districts?

Conservation Districts have served Washington State for more than 75 years.

Washington conservation districts help people take care of everything they can see outside their windows – from farms, to forests, to urban yards, to rivers, lakes, and coastline.

Conservation districts — sometimes referred to as “CDs” — engage landowners with voluntary actions that keep our air, water, soil, and habitats healthy for all. They're community-based hubs of natural resource expertise and funding. CDs are staffed by locals who understand the needs of landscapes and fellow community-members that they serve.  

Each of Washington’s 39 counties is represented by at least one conservation district.

Some examples of CD services include: erosion control, habitat restoration, manure management, wildfire prevention/mitigation, stormwater management, forest plans/management, irrigation efficiency, noxious weed control, fish barrier removals, livestock stream crossings, and more.

Staff finish taking soil samples of cover crop trials at Okanogan Conservation District
Conservation Districts of Washington State: Your window to healthy lands

Reasons to contact your local conservation district:

  • Conservation districts are trusted partners. They are non-regulatory entities that do not enforce compliance or impose penalties, but instead work collaboratively with landowners to help them responsibly and efficiently manage their land.
  • Conservation districts have a personal investment and interest in improving the quality of life in their communities. Because they live where they work, staff have deep, firsthand knowledge of the issues and challenges faced by landowners.
  • Conservation districts are repositories of natural resource expertise, knowledge, education, and dedication. Staff offer landowners expertise in fields such as soil resource management, conservation biology, forest and ecological engineering, and more.

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Okanogan Conservation District staff finish a long day of soil sampling