There’s a lot to know about owning and managing land. We’re all part of a watershed and our actions can affect others. The things that you and your neighbors do can greatly improve the health of the resources we all appreciate about Puget Sound. Below you’ll find links to publications and resources that may be of use. Check our Resources page for additional publications.
Crops & Forestry
- Home Vegetable Gardening in Washington – (WSU Extension) Planting a vegetable garden can supply you, your family, and your community with an abundance of fresh, healthy vegetables throughout the season. When properly done, gardening can also beautify your landscape, protect water quality, and conserve natural resources.
- Forest Stewardship Program – This publication explains the Thurston-Grays Harbor Conservation District Forest Stewardship Program, which is a Voluntary, Free, No Obligation program offered to Private Non-Industrial Forest Landowners of any acreage in Grays Harbor County and the surrounding western Washington area.
- Forestry Contacts, Organizations and Programs – This publication explains some of the programs and resources available to assist landowners with small forest lands.
Habitat Restoration & Enhancements
- Cats and Wildlife – This publication discusses the impacts of domestic cats on wildlife.
- Wetlands in Thurston County – This publication explains what a wetland is, their function and the threats to them. It is discusses four large wetland areas in the county.
- Amphibians in the Pacific Northwest – This publication discusses why amphibians are important in our area and identifies some of the most common amphibians found here. There are also some tips on what you can do to help preserve them.
- Landscaping for Wildlife – This brochure discusses habitat, and why careful landscaping is important for wildlife. It identifies some of the types of wildlife you may see in our area, and includes some ideas to create and/or improve habitat for wildlife on your property.
- Plant It Right – (WSU Extension) This publication discusses the proper way to plant bareroot, stakes and plugs for best success.
Livestock & Pasture Management
- Small Farm Management Schedule – This publication is a handy 12-month management schedule for small farms
- Woven Wire Fence Construction – A guide from NRCS
- Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest– A comprehensive guide
- Grazing Systems Planning Guide– This guide discusses the components of a grazing system by taking you through the grazing management planning process.
- Improving Pasture Worksheet
- 10 Paddock Grazing Plan Recording Keeping Spreadsheet
- WSU Pasture Calendar
- Livestock & Water Quality WSU
- Heavy Use Area Protection – An NRCS handout about stabilizing areas frequently and intensively used by livestock.
Composting & Manure Management
- My Manure Pile is a Mountain – This publication discusses spreading manure.
- How to Use & Compost Horse Manure– This publication discusses how to compost and use horse manure.
- Small Farm Composting Guide
- DIY Wire Compost Bins – For composting food waste
- DIY Three-Bin Compost System – For composting food or yard waste
Water Quality & Shore Friendly
- Soft Shore Stabilization A technical guide intended to assist in understanding the soft shoreline stabilization concept, planning for soft stabilization, and implementing soft shoreline stabilization regulations through administration of updated Shoreline Master Programs.
- Your Marine Waterfront A user friendly guide for marine shoreline landowners.
- Green Shorelines For Lakes A guide specifically made for Lake Washington shoreline landowners with guidelines that are relevant for all lake shore landowners.
- Puget Sound Coastal Living – This publication is geared toward residents along our Puget Sound shorelines. Get to know your shoreline and find resources to help you learn more about how to care for you shoreline property.
- Your Role in Deschutes Watershed Water Quality Improvement– If you live in the Deschutes, this publication is for you!
- Roof Water Diversion – A guide to putting gutters on your barn to divert rain water to control for mud and water contamination.
- Rural Living in Thurston County – This is an introductory handbook of contacts, services, and responsibilities that are relevant to rural landowners.