Education & Outreach

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

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For more information on any of Thurston CD’s education programs, contact:

Nora White
Education and Outreach Coordinator
(360)754-3588, ext. 105
nwhite@thurstoncd.com

Resources & Information

2017 NACD Spring 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!

2017 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.

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.

2014 Farm Bill Program Fact Sheet – This website is a great place to start for an abbreviated outline of the agriculture-based programs and support available through the new Farm Bill.

2014 Farm Bill Conservation Programs Diagram – This handout shows the changes (names & categories) of conservation programs, under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Avian Health & Food Safety Facebook Page

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

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

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

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.

Local 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.

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 www.GrowSmartGrowSafe.org as well as strategies for controlling noxious weeds at Thurston County’s Environmental Health Webpage.

Oregon Spotted Frog Critical Habitat Designation and FAQs

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

USDA National Organic Farming Handbook

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

WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Resources

WSU’s Forest Consultant Directory

NRCS Farm and 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: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wa/programs/easements/farmranch/

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