The mission of the Ferry County 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.

 

New!  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

'Tis the Season

for Burning

 

The burning of forest debris is allowed per Department of Natural Resource rules.  For the latest information  on burning, 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 the northeast area of Washington.

Posted: July 30, 2019

Updated: December 30, 2019

District 2018 achievements. 

(click to download and read report)

 

Posted: January 14, 2019

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."

Pre-order until

Friday 

Jan. 31

Plant Pick-up

Friday

April 17 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Saturday April 18

9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

2020

Annual

Spring

Plant Sale  

Our Spring Plant Sale (pre-order only) features native trees and shrubs, fruit tree, berries, grapes and other edibles.

 

New this year:  Milkweed plants. Add this colorful perennial to your property and help monarch butterfly recovery.

Preview our 2020 Plant Sale flyer here.  Pre-order until January 31.  Contact us (775-3473, ext 100) to inquire about special orders (large quantities only.)

 

Saturday

April 18

10:00 AM-

2:00 PM

2020

Ferry

County

Spring

Conservation Fair

Learn about the natural resources of our county.  Enjoy educational workshops, booths, displays and live demos by contractors who work with local natural resources. Fun and informative for all ages. To be held at the Ferry County Fairgrounds.

 

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...

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

 

Employment Opportunity:  Voluntary Stewardship Technician

For details, click here

 

Posted: March 23, 2020

Regretfully, we have made the decision to postpone this program, due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation.

 

Saturday

     Morning    In Republic, WA

           Live!

 

 

 

Avoiding Toxic

Relationships

                  ...With Plants!

 

Join Dr Patricia Talcott, WSU Professor of Veterinary Medecine for a dynamic presentation on toxic plants, pesticides and herbicides and their potential effects on livestock and pets. 

 

11:00 am, March 28, at the Eureka Gulch Community Playhouse, 75 N. Keller Street in Republic.

Beverages and light refreshments will be served.  Door prizes, too!

 

Coming up!

  • Protecting your home from wildfire,  4/18

  • Improving wildlife habitat and defensible space, 4/25

 

The Saturday Morning Live series is brought to you with support from the  Washington State Conservation Commision as part of the Ferry County Voluntary Stewardship Program.

Posted: January 15, 2020

Updated:  March 15, 2020

We have not canceled the Plant Sale! 

 

2020

Annual Spring

Plant Sale- Many

plants are still

available

Though the deadline for pre-orders has passed, we still have plants available.    The Plant Sale flyer is available here (we are out of sweet purple asparagus, canadice grape and white primus currant) For more information about the plants offered, click here.

 

Posted: January 1, 2020

Updated: February 14, 2020

New!  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

ferry conservation district 19-08 vsp.jp

'Tis the season

for burning

 

The burning of forest debris is allowed per Department of Natural Resource rules.  For the latest information  on burning, 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 the northeast area of Washington.

Posted: July 30, 2019

Updated: December 30, 2019

District 2019 achievements. 

(click to download and read report) -Ferry Conservation District  -  Page 30

 

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

April 22

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Ferry Conservation District Board of Supervisors Meeting

Regular District business will be conducted. This  public meeting may be a call-in meeting only.  Watch for updates.

Saturday

March 28

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

This event has been cancelled.

Saturday

     Morning    

           Live!

Professor Patricia Talcott  presents

Avoiding Toxic Relationships                             ...With Plants! 

Effects of toxic plants on livestock and pets. Eureka Gulch Clubhouse, Keller St., Republic

We have not cancelled the Plant Sale! We still have plants available to order!

Plant Pick-up

Friday

April 17 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Saturday April 18

9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

2020

Annual

Spring

Plant Sale  

Our Spring Plant Sale (pre-order only) features native trees and shrubs, fruit tree, berries, grapes and other edibles.

 

New this year:  Milkweed plants. Add this colorful perennial to your property and help monarch butterfly recovery.

Preview our 2020 Plant Sale flyer here (We are out of canadice grape and white primus currant).  Pre-order until January 31.  Contact us (775-3473, ext 100) to inquire about special orders (large quantities only.)

 

Saturday

April 18

10:00 AM-

2:00 PM

Regretfully, we have made the decision to postpone this event, due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation.

 

2020

Ferry

County

Spring

Conservation Fair

Learn about the natural resources of our county.  Enjoy educational workshops, booths, displays and live demos by contractors who work with local natural resources. Fun and informative for all ages. To be held at the Ferry County Fairgrounds.

 

Date and Time TBA

Voluntary Stewardship Program  (VSP) Work Group Meeting

 

Meeting to be held at the Old Fire Hall in Curlew.  

Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Conservation Corner

Articles and Newsletter

Winter 2019/20 Conservation District Newsletter now available! (to read, click here)

New this year: Milkweed

 

Planting trees, shrubs and edibles on your property provides multiple benefits.  Plants will beautify your property and add to its value.  The foliage and fruits of plants provide food for wildlife and for your family... (click to continue reading...) 

20 Plants 

Offered at  2020 Plant Sale.

 

Bluebird Nesting Boxes – Spruce up your old boxes (and make some new ones) in preparation for spring.

This year, for the first time in over 20 years, we will not have a Conservation Fair in April   Each year, Curlew Job Corps Carpentry students have provided precut pieces for bird boxes and assisted children in assembling them.  Over the years, hundreds of kids have gone home from the fair with bluebird houses they can proudly say that they built themselves...(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...