Thurston Conservation District strongly believes in providing quality natural resources education to the community. In addition to using conservation planning and educational workshops to get conservation practices on the ground, we work as an informational hub to share a variety of publications and handouts to teach the community even more ways to manage their natural resources.

Local Resources

Resource List– Thurston Conservation District offers this list as a service to residents of Thurston and neighboring counties. Thurston Conservation District does not accept responsibility for transactions between operators on this list and their customers. Thurston Conservation District does not promote/endorse the services/businesses on this list. You can also find a list of local consulting foresters at Washington State Universities webpage.

Plant Resources– The Thurston Conservation District offers a list with native plant sourcing information.

2019 South Sound Direct Sales Farm Map – Re-created annually by South of the Sound Community Farmland Trust, this map is a great resource to find farms throughout South Sound that are directly marketing an incredible variety of products.

Grow Smart, Grow Safe App – This app provides reliable, science-based information for consumers throughout the Pacific Northwest to choose lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets and the environment.  Products sold in area stores are rated low, medium or high hazard to help shoppers make smart choices. Take this tool to the store or out to the garage and find out how your favorite lawn and garden products rate. The app also offers tips on gardening without pesticides.  The information can also be accessed at as well as strategies for controlling noxious weeds at Thurston County’s Environmental Health Webpage.

Puget Sound Fresh – Find farms, markets, and events that support local, fresh food – throughout the Puget Sound!

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound – A cornucopia of physical, natural, and social science research on the Puget Sound!

Avian Health & Food Safety Facebook Page

Oregon Spotted Frog Critical Habitat Designation and FAQs

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Preventative Controls for Human Foods Rule & Produce Safety Rule

Sustainability & Climate Change

2014 Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture Report – The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released the Third National Climate Assessment. According to the online report, climate disruptions to agriculture have increased. Many regions will experience declines in crop and livestock production from increased stress due to weeds, diseases, insect pests, and other climate-change-induced stresses.  The link provided is very well done, user-friendly, and interactive.

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities – A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development

USDA & WSDA Resources

FSA’s “Hay Net” – USDA’s Farm Service Agency created this online tool to aid farmers in  locating hay and grazing acres.  The site is both a resource for agricultural producers to list when they need hay or have hay available, and a resource to list a need for grazing acres or to list acres available for grazing.

USDA National Organic Farming Handbook

USDA Program Fact Sheets (Loan Programs, Financial Assistance Programs, Conservation Programs, etc.)

WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Resources

NRCS Farm & Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP)

FRPP Landowners Guide 2nd Edition (PDF Document) This Landowner’s guide to applying for an agricultural conservation easement through the federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program is intended to assist landowners interested in applying for funding. This guide does not replace the official application process.

For the full application, go to:

If you would like a hard copy of this landowners guide, please send a message to or call (360)407-7474

National & Statewide Conservation Information

2019 NACD Fall Edition of The Resource – The Resource is regularly published by the National Association of Conservation Districts and contains current conservation news, NACD and Capitol Hill policy updates, district spotlights, and much more! Find the most current edition here!