Farm and Landowner Assistance

The Pierce Conservation District is a non-regulatory organization that exists to provide guidance to landowners- not enforcement. Through a planned approach using Best Management Practices (BMPs), non-point pollution can greatly be reduced. Conservation planning provides the landowner with useful guidance on pasture rotation, fencing design, gutters and downspouts and waste storage designs. In some cases the District is able to provide some financial assistance to landowners implementing best management practices. 

To bring focus on our farm program;s work, have a deeper impact on what matters most- our mission of protecting natural resources in Pierce County, to align with our 5-year strategic plan developed in 2016, and to make noticeable natural resource conservation improvements, the District's farm program will be focusing its efforts in none sub watersheds in Pierce County until 2020. These sub watersheds are: Murray Creek, South (muck) Creek, Fennel Creek, Clover Creek, Puyallup River, South Prairie Creek, White River, and Carr and Case Inlets on the Key Peninsula. 

What this will mean in regard to landowner assistance, is that we will do focused outreach and direct 80% of our farm program technical assistance in these priority areas, we will hold all of or farm tours and workshops in these areas, and we will direct 80% or more of our landowner financial assistance (cost share) to implement natural resource protection projects in these areas. 

If you do not live in one of these focused areas, you will still receive farm consultation assistance over the phone, and we will be able to conduct a farm visit or take a "first five free" soil sample of your commercial crop, hay field, or pasture if there is a critical area such as a stream, ditch, or wetland on or directly adjacent to your property. You will also be eligible to apply for cost share assistance to improve the water quality of those critical areas with the implementation of BMPs. And of course you will be able to attend any of our farm tours and workshops and will be able to take advantage of our farm tool loan and rental programs. 

At the conclusion of this focus period in 2020, we hope to see marked improvement in water quality in these target areas, and at that time we will re-evaluate this approach and/or determine if there are different sub watersheds that we will need to focus our efforts on.