Our Mission

Thurston Conservation District, a non-regulatory agency, strives to conserve and sustain the beneficial use and protection of local natural resources through partnerships with the County’s rural, agricultural, and urban communities, as well as local, state, federal, and tribal agencies.

What are Conservation Districts?

Conservation Districts are legal subdivisions of state government that administer programs to conserve natural resources. Each District is self-governed by volunteer community stakeholders who establish priorities and set policy. Districts exist in practically every county throughout the United States.  We work collaboratively with landowners to preserve soil health and water quality.

The Thurston Conservation District promotes voluntary stewardship among private landowners in Thurston County. Our services are free to the residents of our County. We are committed to finding available resources and coordinating them in a way that they meet the needs of our local community.


The Thurston Conservation District board and staff have worked diligently to develop a dynamic next 5 year (2017-2022) Strategic Plan.  We are seeking your input, as part of the public review process, prior to formal adoption by the District Board of Supervisors.

Thurston Conservation District 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan

Please provide input to Kathleen Whalen, Executive Director, kwhalen@thurstoncd.com no later than February 17, 2017.


January 31, 2017 Board Meeting Announced

Thurston Conservation District will hold our regularly scheduled Board Meeting on January 31st (2-5pm) at the District office.

These are public meetings, and we encourage anyone to attend! For more information, or to request a board packet, please contact the District office at 360.754.3588 or tcdadmin@thurstoncd.com.