The mission of the Ferry Conservation District is to safeguard the rural lifestyle and sustainable use of natural resources of Ferry County, for present and future landowners, residents, and visitors by offering technical and financial assistance, outreach, and education through partnerships.

 

Announcements, News, Projects, Programs

The Conservation District Office is closed - but we are still available to help you.

Due to the evolving coronavirus virus, our office staff is working remotely.  
For assistance,
click here.

Posted: March 24, 2020

Updated: April 7, 2020

 

Wildfire Season 

is Here - Burn

Ban in Effect

 

A burn ban is now in effect in Ferry County (as of July 6).  Open flames are prohibited except in fire pits in designated campgrounds and parks (backyard barbecues are allowed).   

 

Fire danger in our area is "high" per WA Department of Natural Resource (DNR). All debris burning on lands under DNR jurisdiction is prohibited (includes both rule burning and permit burning). Campfires are premitted in approved, designated campgrounds.   

 

For the latest information  on fire conditions, go to this DNR site and click on "Highlands FDRA".  For more details on burning take a look at this excellent DNR brochure on burning outdoors in northeast Washington.

For more info on wildfires burning and on precautions which can be taken visit our Wildfire page.

Posted: July 30, 2019

Updated: August 2, 2020

Read the

Ferry CD

Voluntary Stewardship 

Program  (VSP) Biennial Report 2017-19  

(click here to read)

For additional information about VSP, click here.

For a larger image of the graphic below, click on the image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: June 20, 2019

Updated: December 30, 2019

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District 2019 achievements. 

(click to read report) 

 

Posted: February 27, 2020

Homes can be protected from the destructive forces by following Firewise practices such as removing flammable materials from around your house, increasing crown separation or nearby trees, thinning and pruning smaller trees, keeping grass cut short.  Keeping property "lean, green and clean."

Upcoming Events  

Wednesday

August 26

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Ferry Conservation District Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Ferry Conservation District Board meeting will have access for the public to listen. Call 1-(872)240-3212. Enter Access Code: 139-680-117 when prompted.

The public will be able to listen only.

Next meeting date to be determined

5:30 PM 

Voluntary Stewardship Program  (VSP) Quarterly Work Group Meeting

 

The public may attend this call-in meeting (listen only.)  

Conservation Corner

Articles and Newsletter

Spring/Summer 2020 Conservation District Newsletter now available! (to read, click here)

                 The Benefits and                         Hazards of Bee and                    Wasps

 

                   Much has been written in recent years about the importance of bees.  Honeybees as well as thousands of species of native bees provide pollination services for much of the plant world.  Gathering pollen and nectar to take back to their hives, bees move some of the pollen from anther to pistil, effectively fertilizing the plant so that a seed may form.  (Click to continue reading...)

                        It’s Tick Season!

The weather has warmed and much of the snow is gone except on the highest peaks.   It’s the season to work in the yard, walk on the property, take the kids on a hike or a bike ride.  Unfortunately, we humans are not the only ones becoming more active as spring progresses.  The ticks are out, too, and boy, are they hungry!...(Click to continue reading...

Diseases and Insect Pests in our Local Forests

Pine trees are dying by the thousands in the American West.  Responsible for this devastation is a small insect known as the mountain pine beetle... (Click to learn more

about pests and diseases which could be affecting your trees...)

The Black Cottonwood:-

Mainstay of a Healthy Riparian Zone

Found in great numbers up and down the banks of the Kettle and Sanpoil Rivers (and their tributaries) is a tall, rough-barked, deciduous tree.  This tree, the black cottonwood ...(Click to continue reading...)    

Choose your

Fuel Wisely-

Conservation Considerations

for Home Heating

 

In the past, we wrote about a number of relatively easy steps you could take to conserve energy and money while staying warm and cozy in your house.  Hopefully you have incorporated a few of those ideas and you are now looking for more ways to conserve. 

 

Perhaps you are considering retrofitting your heating system, or you will be building a new house and choosing a heating method. Continue...