What We Do

Pierce Conservation District works with local landowners and public agencies to conserve natural resources that are essential to both our economy and our region’s quality of life. Our collaborative efforts with citizen volunteers to create a just food system, improve water quality, promote sustainable agriculture, and recover wildlife habitat, is the heart of our mission.

Our district’s roots run deep in our community. Created in 1949 as part of a national response to the ecological disaster of the 1930s known as the Dust Bowl, we have worked for over 65-years to help local farmers, cities, and citizens address numerous sustainability challenges. Conserving our natural resources for future generations gets more difficult with each year, making the work of Pierce Conservation District more important than ever.

  1. Farm Planning & Agricultural Assistance

    The district provides local farmers with financial and technical assistance that allows them to voluntarily improve their farm practices.

  2. Water Quality

    The district works with citizen volunteers to monitor the health of our streams and rivers in order to educate the public about how our daily lives impact our local water.

  3. Habitat Improvement

    The District focuses on improving riparian habitat through the removal of invasive weeds and replanting with native trees and shrubs. Streamside planting events engage hundreds of volunteers in efforts that help in the recovery of endangered salmon and other wildlife.

  4. Urban Agriculture

    Through our Harvest Pierce County program, the district creates a community of abundance through gardening, gleaning, and educating Pierce County about their food and food systems. Our Veggie Co-Op, Gleaning Project, and Community Gardens produce bountiful harvests of locally grown food for volunteers and local food banks alike. Besides growing crops for their own tables, participants gain a greater sense of community and connect with their local food system.

  5. Environmental Education

    Get information on educational resources and activities for K-16.

  6. Native Plant Sale

    The District offers a wide variety of native trees & shrubs for home landscapes and conservation purposes.

  7. Green Partnership Fund

    The Green Partnership Fund was established in 2004 to further the goal of natural resource and sustainable agriculture conservation.

  8. Support Our Work

    You can support Pierce Conservation District's work by making a donation. Donations help pay for: restoration plantings, Depave events, education workshops, rain gardens, community gardens, farm cost-share projects, and much more!