Better Ground

Thurston Conservation District

Creating healthy, functioning ecosystems in the community.

Thurston CD supports natural resource conservation for a diverse area of rural and urban communities, including the state’s capital, all located on the southern end of Puget Sound. Thurston CD’s vision is to create healthy, functioning ecosystems in Thurston County through advocacy, education, and technical assistance efforts; thereby empowering every citizen to be a steward of the environment.

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The best way to get to know your local Conservation District is by contacting them.

Services include:

  • Urban & rural forestry
  • Conservation planning services 
  • Native plant sale
  • Watershed education for youth
  • Equipment rental
  • Soil testing
  • Programs for shorelines and rivers & streams
  • Events, workshops, & tours


Thurston CD is now operating a promising South Sound Farmlink program to keep farmland in production in the South Sound region for generations to come and in such a way that is affordable and accessible to all interested farmers. It works by linking farmers with land to prospective farmers who need land.  In doing so, land owners add value and income, and new farmers gain access, expand, and benefit from technical financial planning programs, all while sustaining agriculture in the region.

The Shore Friendly Thurston program is designed to connect waterfront residents of Thurston County with the technical support and resources to make informed, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly decisions about their shorelines.

For youth, Thurston CD’s South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon operates the largest hands-on, outdoor environmental science competition for high school students. Students compete in teams of five to demonstrate their knowledge in Soils, Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, and a current issue topic.