Planning for Changes in Climate and Flooding to Benefit Fish and Farms

How will agriculture and salmon coexist? What will happen as our landscape and climate change over the next few decades? These questions and many more were the topic of a discussion held at the November ‘Focus on Farming’ conference in Monroe. Some of the pressing issues included: the projected impacts of climate change on crops, how farmers can plan for flooding risks and changing weather patterns and how they can take advantage of longer growing seasons and higher levels of carbon dioxide. Presenters included: Tristan Klesick, Klesick Family Farm and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Lands Strategy group; Will Stelle, NOAA Fisheries; Chad Kruger, WSU Extension; and Cindy Dittbrenner, Snohomish Conservation District. The ultimate goal is to form an Agriculture Resilience Plan for agriculture and to help farmers plan for risk.

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Snohomish Conservation District Holding Spring Elections for Board Supervisor

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to protect the environment and help people in your backyard? Snohomish Conservation District, a local agency that has been active in our community for 75 years, will host an election for a Board Supervisor on March 20th, 2017 from 2 PM to 6 PM at the District office in Lake Stevens. The District works with natural resources industries such as farming and forestry, urban landscapes, stormwater management, sustainable living and gardening, youth education and habitat restoration.

Serving on a board takes commitment and time but the satisfaction in helping protect natural resources and assist local residents, youth, and the farm community is immense. The Conservation District Board meets monthly in Lake Stevens to help set policy and direction. The Board consists of five volunteers, three elected by voters, and two appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission in Olympia. Each term lasts three years, and one of the three elected positions will be filled in March. Interested candidates must be registered voters who reside within the boundaries of the District (most of Snohomish County and all of Camano Island). The filing deadline is February 17, 2017 at 4PM and candidate forms can be found at the Snohomish Conservation District, 528 91st Ave NE, Ste A, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.  Please contact the District to obtain the forms.

The published election procedures can be viewed at the District office and are also available from the Washington State Conservation Commission at Contact Election Supervisor Lois Ruskell at 425-377-7020 for more information. 


2016 Conservation Leaders of the Year Announced!

2016 Conservation Leaders of the Year Announced!

Our Board of Supervisors and Staff are pleased to announce the 2016 Conservation Leaders of the year. We're honoring a diverse set of local leaders this year- from commercial farmers to urban residents and children to elders.  One thing is for sure, this year’s recipients are an incredible group whose collective accomplishments are sure to inspire others to take action to make this world a better place. 

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