- What We Do
What We Do
Our district’s roots run deep in our community. Created in 1949 as part of a national response to the ecological disaster of the 1930s known as the Dust Bowl, we have worked for over 65-years to help local farmers, cities, and citizens address numerous sustainability challenges. Conserving our natural resources for future generations gets more difficult with each year, making the work of Pierce Conservation District more important than ever.
The District’s Scope is defined by the high priority areas for habitat function, water quality improvement and natural resource protection within the four main watersheds of Pierce County as defined by District partner jurisdictions, tribal governments, regional Salmon Recovery Lead Entities, Local Integrating Organizations and other partner agencies and organizations. Nearly everything the District does is in partnership and support of others’ goals and priorities. Every project is identified as a priority by our partners and guided through stakeholder feedback and direction or is an implementation of a project already identified in an approved natural resource improvement plan.
Farm Planning & Agricultural Assistance
The Farm Planning & Agricultural Assistance program aims to build a robust local agricultural community and reduce negative impacts on soil, water, air, plants, animals and human resources. We provide technical assistance to help land users improve their stewardship practices, be economically sustainable and navigate the ever-changing economic, regulatory and ecological landscape.
The Water Quality Improvement program focuses on creating an informed public around water and helping local communities meet Clean Water Act standards. We engage community volunteers in green stormwater programming and monitoring local waters; action projects like depaving, installing rain gardens, planting trees in urban spaces and along streams work to filter out pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff.
The Habitat Improvement program focuses on improving the riparian, floodplain, and marine nearshore habitats of Pierce County along with other rare and endangered plant communities unique to our region. We implement projects to recover native salmon/orca populations, remove invasive species, replant native trees and shrubs and restore other ecosystem processes.
Through our Harvest Pierce County program, the district creates a community of abundance through gardening, gleaning, and educating Pierce County about their food and food systems. Our Veggie Co-Op, Gleaning Project, and Community Gardens produce bountiful harvests of locally grown food for volunteers and local food banks alike. Besides growing crops for their own tables, participants gain a greater sense of community and connect with their local food system.
Our Environmental Education program inspires meaningful connections between K-16 students and their ecosystem. We focus on reaching students who are systematically excluded from high-quality curriculum and environmental education learning opportunities. In coordination with local school districts and community partners, we implement in-person and remote learning activities that include classroom lessons, workshops, outdoor and experiential learning, and community events focused on ecological stewardship.
The Climate Resiliency program assists Washington's farmers and rural communities in making the transition to clean, renewable energy and upgrading existing equipment and infrastructure with low cost, energy efficient technologies to both limit carbon pollution and save money and impact on natural resources
Native Plant Sale
The District offers a wide variety of native trees & shrubs for home landscapes and conservation purposes.
Green Partnership Fund
The Green Partnership Fund was established in 2004 to further the goal of natural resource and sustainable agriculture conservation.
Support Our Work
You can support Pierce Conservation District's work by making a donation. Donations help pay for: restoration plantings, Depave events, education workshops, rain gardens, community gardens, farm cost-share projects, and much more!