Conservation District / NRCS Programs
Technical and Cost-
Share Financial Assistance for Conservation Projects
Presently several active grant contracts with state agencies are in place, allowing the Conservation District to carry out its mission to "safeguard the rural lifestyle and sustainable use of natural resources of Ferry County" by providing technical and financial assistance for various conservation practices. Examples would include fencing to prevent access to a water body by livestock or revegetating a riparian buffer. Interested landowners should visit our Republic office or contact us by phone or email for more information on these programs.
Annual Plant Sale
Each year the Ferry Conservation District offers for sale a variety of native, ornamental and edible plants carefully selected for growing in our particular climate. Wholesale nurseries in Washington, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho supply healthy, hardy, planting stock grown in the Northwest. By purchasing in bulk the District is able to provide excellent plants at good prices. All plants are sold by pre-order only. We will mail out our 2020 Plant Sale flyer throughout Ferry County just after Christmas. We will also post the flyer on this website. The 2020 plant pickup is scheduled for April 17 and 18. Keep an eye on this website and on our facebook page for details as those dates approach.
USGS Topographical Maps
All Maps Must Go!
For many years the Ferry Conservation District has served as the local source for United States Geological Services 7.5 minutes topographical maps of Ferry County. We are going out of the map business and must liquidate our inventory. We still have most of the county maps and are selling them for $5.00 each (tax included / cash or check only). They may be purchased at our Republic office during our open hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Mon.-Fri.)
Free Garden Soil Analysis
The Conservation District is now offering free analysis of your garden soil. Contact us at 775-3473 (ext. 109) to find out how to best sample your soil. Learning about your pH, nitrogen and potassium levels will help you determine how to adjust your soil chemistry to help you improve your garden's growth. For more information, please read our Conservation Corner article about garden soil chemistry.
Education and Outreach
Ferry Conservation District Staff work with science teachers from the local schools to provide conservation education programs. In addition, staff annually present workshops at events in the area, and prepare interpretive displays for the Ferry County Fair and the Spring Conservation Fair.