Living near natural areas is a privilege that many of us enjoy in Snohomish County and Camano Island. We benefit from fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, and just relaxing in our forests, along streams and rivers, near wetlands, and in our own backyards.
At the same time, living with nature brings many unique challenges along with it. Flooding, erosion from streams and rivers, beaver damage, predatory wildlife, and weed infestations are issues that many of us encounter on our properties. We want to give you the tools you need to be good stewards of your land and our natural resources, as well as manage some of the challenges that living with nature can bring.
Snohomish Conservation District has specialists that can visit your property and help you with:
- living by water
- living with wildlife
- shorelines and steep slopes
- non-native weeds
- native plants
- and more!
Program Highlights & News
As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.
It's Native Plant Appreciation Week and we're excited! Did you know that Washington enjoys an amazing biodiversity with over 3,000 native plant species from rain forest plants on the Olympic peninsula to the desert species in eastern Washington and that preserving native plant ecosystems is critical for protecting wildlife, birds, fish, and water quality in our state? We wanted to find a way to celebrate a these mighty plant superheroes, so we've gathered a list of species native to Washington and match them with the superhero they are most like.
A group of students from Horizon Elementary's Casino Roads Scholar program join Snohomish Conservation District staff to help plant trees at a salmon tributary.
Two teams from Stanwood High School competed at the Northwest Regional Envirothon on March 29 at Brightwater Environmental Learning Center in Woodinville.
For the past eight years, the District has received funding through an assessment, which has been leveraged with grants and other funding sources. The District Board of Supervisors plans to file a new rate proposal with the Snohomish County Council to ensure that the District can continue to provide these services into the future.
We’re filling our office to the brim with rain barrels and keeping our doors open late for this special one-day only pick-up event, just in time for summer watering. You will get a pre-assembled 55-gallon barrel with sturdy components (spigot, overflow spout, mesh over inlet).
Great volunteers are a gift, especially at our Plant Sale and stream planting events. We appreciate their passion and dedication and are in awe of their energy! The Everett Herald recently featured an article about one of our most dedicated volunteers, Jim Weisenbach.
Like all new endeavors, creating habitat for local pollinators can seem a little daunting at first glance. If you take it step by step however, it can be simple, interesting, and rewarding for you and your plants.
Snohomish Conservation District hosted members of the Washington State Conservation Commission and other partners and elected officials on a tour of the area on Wednesday, January 18th. The tour is part of a two-day work session that the Commission holds quarterly for its ten-member board and commission staff around the state.
We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!