Farm and Property Visits

The district offers free, non-regulatory and no-obligation visits (what we often refer to as walk and talks) to livestock farms, crop farms, and shoreline properties to give landowners ideas on how to improve their farm or property, and also how to reduce the possibility that their property is negatively impacting the health of local streams,  wetlands, and ultimately Puget Sound.  Areas of focus include:

Livestock, Pasture and Hayfield Management

  • Rotational grazing and soil fertility
  • Manure management and composting
  • Water and runoff management
  • Mud prevention

Crop Production

  • Cover crops and soil fertility
  • Pollinator and beneficial insect habitat
  • Sustainable growing practices
  • Water resource management and irrigation efficiency

Natural Resource Management and Regulatory Guidance

  • Fish and wildlife habitat restoration
  • Implementing conservation easements
  • Navigating code and regulations

Shoreline Property Technical Assistance

Growing salmon need small creek deltas and small creek mouths for rearing, but after years of development, many historic creeks have vanished or been directed to drainage pipes. Docks and bulkheads along the shoreline can also limit habitat. The Pierce Conservation District is in the process of developing a shoreline de-armoring education and outreach program in which we will host public and homeowner information workshops. In addition, we now provide shoreline property technical assistance site visits. If you would like to obtain more information on de-armoring your shoreline or schedule a site visit, please contact Rene' Skaggs.

Contact
To obtain assistance in making improvements for your farm or property, contact Rene' Skaggs (east Pierce County) or Sofia Gidlund (Gig Harbor and Islands) at 253-845-9770.