Mission of the Ferry Conservation District
Our mission 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 report features Ferry Conservation District 2017 accomplishments.
The Washington State Conservation has recently published their 2017 Annual Report.
Click here to take a look at this professional publication. On page 16 (click on right hand arrow) read testimony from Ferry County resident Wayne Christopherson about our Firewise Program.
Turn to page 36 for a report on the 2017 Feature Accomplishments of the Ferry Conservation District. Peruse the entire document to get a broad view of conservation activities across the state of Washington.
The Ferry Conservation District's 2018 Spring Plant Sale is Coming!
We've been very busy this fall pouring over nursery websites and catalogs. As a result, we'll be offering a great selection of native and ornamental trees, shrubs and vines, as well as edible fruit, berries, and vegetables - all suited for the growing conditions here in Ferry County. This year we are bringing back grapes and introducing hops for the very first time.
Plants will be sold by pre-order only. Plant pickup will be on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.
If you live in Republic, Malo, Curlew or Danville you will receive a plant sale flyer/order form in
Protect Your Home from Wildfire
The hot dry summer is over. While the 2017 wildfire season in Northeast Washington is now in the rearview mirror, it is still important to think about protecting your home from the devastating effects of future wildfires. Though the funding cycle for the District's Firewise program has ended, we can help you reduce your risks. Click here to read an article about Firewise principles.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has additional information on its website. The website has information on Firewise principles, including an informative video and includes contact information for local DNR foresters. DNR may be able to provide wildfire risk assessments and cost-share funding for fuel reduction projects on your property. Click here for an application and more info on cost-share projects.
Thousands of species of native bees provide an important service to the plant world. For more on this fascinating subject read this excellent article by Cecily Kowitz of the Stevens County Conservation District.
Coming in April!
Ferry County Pride Month
Featuring the Spring Conservation Fair (4/21/18). Groups with a natural resource management or education focus may have a booth at the fair. Register by March 16th to be featured in the Ferry County Pride Guide. For more info, see our flyer.
Winter is the ideal time to burn up your extra piles of slash or to gather around a warm fire after an afternoon of sledding. When the ground is covered with snow, the chance of starting a wildfire is next to none.
Nonetheless, the State of Washington does have some minimal rules regarding burning, even in the winter. At any time of the year, you may burn only natural vegetation. Without a permit, you may burn only one pile at a time (less than 10 feet across). To avoid false alarms, notify the Ferry County Dispatch (775-3132) of your intentions to burn. Burn bans may be in effect due to poor air quality, so be sure to call the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 888-323-2876 or visit their website for updated air quality information. Call DNR's Colville office (509-684-7474) for information on obtaining a permit for burning multiple larger fires.
Voluntary Stewardship Program
For more information on the Voluntary Stewardship Program in Ferry County click here.
EQIP Application Period Announced
The Natural Resource Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or create wildlife habitat. 2018 application deadline for round 1 funding (November 17, 2017) has passed. Round 2 funding cutoff is March 16, 2018. For more information on the EQIP Program, click here.
For additional information and to apply contact Patrice Beckwith at 509-775-3473 x102.
Badgers and Moose
Two Fish and Wildlife Studies
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is asking the public to help them gather information about badgers and moose in Northeast Washington.
Badgers are vulnerable to a number of stresses. To get a better handle on the status of their population, the WDFW is soliciting photos and info from the public. If you have seen a badger, either dead or alive, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their badger poster for more information.
The Moose Observation Survey is designed to collect long-term data on the population status and trends of moose in Washington, particularly the northeastern portion of the state. The WDFW is offering a free smart phone app to report moose sightings.
To report other unusual wildlife sightings, such as mountain goats or wolves visit this WDFW website.
The Ferry Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service offer landowners technical assistance as well as cost-share funding for qualifying conservation projects. Follow the link for details.
SUPERVISORS AND STAFF
Learn more about the staff of the Ferry Conservation District, as well as the volunteers who comprise the Board of Supervisors. Follow the link to Supervisors & Staff.
A series of articles, published in the Ferry County View, covering conservation topics from energy to pollination. Follow the link for the complete articles.