Do you own and care for farm or forestland?
If so, you probably have strong feelings about leaving your land in good condition for the future. Succession Planning—the human side of Estate Planning—focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address those challenges.
We assist landowners with nutrient management, farm planning, riparian planting, forest management planning, culvert assessment/replacement, and many other natural resource related issues.
If you are a landowner in Grays Harbor County who is interested in technical assistance or cost-share opportunities for conservation practice implementation, contact the Grays Harbor Conservation District.
What is a Conservation District?
Across the United States, nearly 3000 conservation districts offer free help to residents to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources.
Their mission, which began after the devastating dust bowl era of the 1930’s, relied on working with farmers and rural landowners on a one-on-one basis. Hugh Hammond Bennett, Chief of the Soil Conservation Service, and Soil Scientist Howard Finnell, recognized the need for the conservation of soil and water, prevention of wind erosion, and taking care of the land.
Conservation in Washington State
This legacy of conservation districts continues today, not only across the nation, but in Washington State as well. The Washington State Legislature passed RCW 89.08 in 1939, enabling the establishment of conservation districts in the state. There are currently 45 conservation districts in Washington State.
Grays Harbor Conservation District is a political subdivision of state government with no regulatory authority. We have been working with farmers, city residents, rural and suburban landowners on a voluntary basis since 1941.
We operate with a diverse staff ranging from engineers, resource technicians, restoration and program specialists, and administrative staff. More than half of the land in Washington State is privately owned. Without a doubt, the success of conservation efforts depends on private landowner participation.
Conservation Districts are sub-units of state government. As such, all 45 conservation districts in Washington receive some basic funding from the Washington State Conservation Commission. The District pursues local, state and Federal grants to further leverage our base funding. Wherever possible, the District partners with other entities to achieve similar goals working with land owners, urban, rural and sub-urban residents on conservation issues.
From forestry management to stream restoration, GHCD offers a wide variety of programs to help landowners meet their conservation goals.
To learn more about these opportunities, reach us by phone,
email, or simply visit our office located at 330 W Pioneer Ave in Montesano.