Better Ground

PSCD Caucus

A Shared Vision

The 12 Puget Sound conservation districts (PSCDs) form a collaborative, regionally-focused caucus. Our shared vision is a future in which private land managers and local residents are actively engaged in building community, stewarding natural resources, and playing an essential role in restoring and maintaining a healthy and productive Puget Sound and Salish Sea. The 12 Puget Sound conservation districts are: Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom, Whidbey Island, and San Juan Islands. 

We work toward our vision by

  • Aligning our conservation programs with regional priorities;
  • Ensuring consistency in technical programs across boundaries;
  • Engaging landowners and residents in actions that protect and enhance natural resources.

How Conservation Districts Help Puget Sound

The PSCD Caucus has developed an effective framework of services to support regional, state, Tribal, and federal agency priorities. Together we:

  • Are building on the success of our traditional one-on-one work by engaging a larger audience through launching Better Ground – a broad-based communication and education campaign
  • Are working with thousands of landowners every year to improve resource conditions on private property
  • Are supporting local municipalities by facilitating and engaging private land owners to implement green infrastructure and storm water management practices;
  • Are using locally-based and other funding to engage landowners in voluntary stewardship of freshwater and marine shorelines to:
        • increase riparian habitat
        • improve instream conditions
        • reduce marine shoreline armoring
  • Are improving shellfish growing areas through water quality protection practices that reduce pathogens and nutrients throughout the system
  • Are securing a high return on the public’s investment in us by leveraging matching funds from local and private sources at a rate of 4 to 1
  • Are working within an established, effective service delivery system that is trusted and used by landowners and regulatory entities to support the recovery of Puget Sound

Each year, PSCDs help landowners implement over 1,400 water quality protection and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement practices. PSCDs work with landowners to enhance over 4,000 acres of freshwater and marine riparian habitat including planting over 150,000 native trees and shrubs.

Better Ground is about taking small stewardship actions at home and in our communities to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife, and related natural resources. And you don’t have to go at it alone: you have a partner, your local conservation district. We’re here to help you achieve your better ground goals, by sharing resources and expertise that can help you live in harmony with the land and sea.

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