Thurston Conservation District conducts, oversees and participates in a variety of restoration projects throughout Thurston County.
We work with private landowners, state and federal agencies as well as Tribal and other local conservation groups to restore, enhance and improve habitats of almost any size.
We often work to restore ‘riparian habitats’ (any habitats near water) since these areas are crucial for the health of all wildlife, especially ‘salmonids’ (salmon and trout). Several salmon runs throughout the NW are either threatened or endangered which is an indication that environmental conditions are deteriorating, thus, by restoring or just improving the habitats these animals need to thrive, we are simultaneously improving the health of many other connected ecosystems from the Cascade Mountains to Puget Sound. Of course, habitat restoration projects can also include upland and grassland sites well away from any water sources and can even include simple additions to one’s back yard in the form of plants, bat, bee or bird houses.
Habitat protection and restoration also includes protecting and promoting the use of native plants. These plants are adapted to our local conditions, require less care, provide countless benefits to wildlife, and come in a wide variety of sizes and colors that make an attractive addition to any landscape. Native plants are available from several local nurseries and Thurston Conservation District holds a native plant sale annually during the month of February.
Here’s a list of the habitat/restoration informational brochures we have available. You can also find these on the “Publications” page of our website.
For more information about our Habitat Restoration program, please contact us at (360)754-3588.