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
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.
The Snohomish Conservation District and the Veterans Conservation Corps are excited to announce several internship opportunities for United States military veterans. This position will work with landowners on stormwater resource concerns within urban and residential areas of Snohomish County and Camano Island, and occasionally in other parts of the Puget Sound region.
Students at Arlington and Weston High School recently completed rain catchment projects at their schools. Combined, both projects have the capacity to collect and store 1,430 gallons of water!
In the pouring rain, on Thursday, October 13th a group of students from Jackson High School's Green Team finished a year-long project to transform a large, compacted, bare area of soil into a beautiful sustainable landscape.
Make A Difference Day was on Saturday, October 22. Volunteers from various community groups showed up to help with projects that will protect Puget Sound. These volunteers planted plants in a large rain garden and helped to build 150 rain barrels out of upcycled food-grade barrels.
Residents who live or own land in portions of the Skykomish, Snohomish and Stillaguamish River watersheds may be eligible for funding through a new grant program called the Regional Conservation Partnership Program or RCPP. Landowners can choose from livestock heavy-use areas, manure storage and composting systems, roof runoff systems, cover crops, stream plantings, fish passage barrier removal and much more.
We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!