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.


Announcements:

Native Plant Pre-Orders Open

Thurston CD holds our Annual Native Plant Festival the first Saturday in March each year. This year our event will be March 3rd. At this time, you can pre-order your plants and they will be available for pick up March 1st and 2nd and at the event on March 3rd! Pre-orders are open through January 31st, 2018.

2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan Published

Thurston Conservation District Board & Staff recently updated our  5-Year Strategic Plan! It was a long and invaluable process that set clear direction for the continued growth of fundamental District programming (i.e. Farm Planning, Cost Share, Youth/Adult Engagement), while adapting to meet new community challenges with creative solutions (i.e. VSP, FarmLink, Clear Choices for Clean Water).

In February 2017 we released a draft for public comment, and we openly invited and received robust feedback from 25+ citizens, elected officials, and partners. Our Board & Staff collaboratively reviewed all contributions and updated the Strategic Plan again to reflect this valuable input from the community. We are confident in the benefit our Strategic Plan will bring to our communities and committed to implementation!

For Immediate Release:

November 21, 2017 Special Board Meeting Announced

Thurston Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors will hold a Special Meeting on November 21st (1pm), at the District office (2918 Ferguson St SW, Suite A, Tumwater, 98512).  For more information contact Sarah Moorehead at 360.754.3588 (ext 136).

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PROGRAMS & SERVICES