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

  • naturescaping

  • native plants

  • and more!

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Snohomish County Planning and Development Services (PDS) receives many frequently asked questions including:

  • Tree Preservation and Critical Areas Questions

  • Septic System, Water, Sewer, and Electricity Questions

  • General Property Questions

  • Permitting Process and Requirements Questions

  • Building and Land Use Questions

  • Records and Seeking Information Questions

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More resources on our Better Ground website

We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!