Whidbey Island Conservation District

Whidbey Island Conservation District The mission of the Whidbey Island Conservation District is to assist in the management of natural resources on and around Whidbey Island for present and future generations, inspiring voluntary conservation practices.
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We're seeking public comment!Every year WICD develops an Annual Plan of Work to help guide its staff in carrying out the...
05/05/2021

We're seeking public comment!

Every year WICD develops an Annual Plan of Work to help guide its staff in carrying out the natural resource and operational priorities of the organization. Public input is an important part of this process in guiding our elected and appointed Board of Supervisors who oversee the District staff.

At its April 28th monthly board meeting, a draft Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) Annual Plan of Work was developed, and a two-week public comment period starts TODAY May 5 and runs through May 19, 2021 (4:30 PM PST).

To learn more, view the draft work plan, submit comments, and see current annual and long range work plans and archives, visit www.whidbeycd.org/work-plans.html.

We're seeking public comment!

Every year WICD develops an Annual Plan of Work to help guide its staff in carrying out the natural resource and operational priorities of the organization. Public input is an important part of this process in guiding our elected and appointed Board of Supervisors who oversee the District staff.

At its April 28th monthly board meeting, a draft Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) Annual Plan of Work was developed, and a two-week public comment period starts TODAY May 5 and runs through May 19, 2021 (4:30 PM PST).

To learn more, view the draft work plan, submit comments, and see current annual and long range work plans and archives, visit www.whidbeycd.org/work-plans.html.

This month's Make a Difference Column is hot off the press! The column appears during the third week of every month in t...
04/23/2021

This month's Make a Difference Column is hot off the press! The column appears during the third week of every month in the Whidbey Weekly newspaper. In existence since 2016, the column has evolved over the years and now represents a partnership between Whidbey Weekly, WICD, Sound Water Stewards, Island County Environmental Health's Department of Natural Resources and the Marine Resources Committee, WSU Extension Island County Master Gardeners Program & its Foundation, and other guest conservation oriented organizations and individuals. How fitting to showcase this partnership during Earth Month and just after Earth Day!

This month's columnist features Nolan Simmons, Environmental Health Specialist of the Island County Public Health Department, who shares some tips and resources for how to help keep your onsite septic infrastructure intact while protecting our island's shared water resources.

Find the column in this week's Whidbey Weekly on page 9 at:
https://www.whidbeyweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/13.16-April-22-2021-WEB.pdf

Archives of this and past Make A Difference Columns can be found on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column

This month's Make a Difference Column is hot off the press! The column appears during the third week of every month in the Whidbey Weekly newspaper. In existence since 2016, the column has evolved over the years and now represents a partnership between Whidbey Weekly, WICD, Sound Water Stewards, Island County Environmental Health's Department of Natural Resources and the Marine Resources Committee, WSU Extension Island County Master Gardeners Program & its Foundation, and other guest conservation oriented organizations and individuals. How fitting to showcase this partnership during Earth Month and just after Earth Day!

This month's columnist features Nolan Simmons, Environmental Health Specialist of the Island County Public Health Department, who shares some tips and resources for how to help keep your onsite septic infrastructure intact while protecting our island's shared water resources.

Find the column in this week's Whidbey Weekly on page 9 at:
https://www.whidbeyweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/13.16-April-22-2021-WEB.pdf

Archives of this and past Make A Difference Columns can be found on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column

A Unique Opportunity to Conserve Local Resources:Our friends at the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve are seeki...
04/23/2021

A Unique Opportunity to Conserve Local Resources:
Our friends at the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve are seeking a Preservation Coordinator to help coordinate preservation in the Reserve. The Preservation Coordinator works for the Reserve’s Trust Board to oversee programs that preserve the diverse heritage resources in the Reserve, located on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington State. The position is full time, 40 hours per week, salary determined by education and experience in the field of Historic Preservation (basic salary range $41,600 - $45,760, plus benefits). The position requires knowledge and experience in local government historic preservation (design review, public hearings, public outreach); local, state and federal project review and compliance; architectural history; preservation grants, incentives and easements; the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Learn more about the Reserve at www.nps.gov and www.ebeysreserve.com. Additional details and instructions on how to apply are posted at www.ebeysreserve.com.

A Unique Opportunity to Conserve Local Resources:
Our friends at the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve are seeking a Preservation Coordinator to help coordinate preservation in the Reserve. The Preservation Coordinator works for the Reserve’s Trust Board to oversee programs that preserve the diverse heritage resources in the Reserve, located on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington State. The position is full time, 40 hours per week, salary determined by education and experience in the field of Historic Preservation (basic salary range $41,600 - $45,760, plus benefits). The position requires knowledge and experience in local government historic preservation (design review, public hearings, public outreach); local, state and federal project review and compliance; architectural history; preservation grants, incentives and easements; the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Learn more about the Reserve at www.nps.gov and www.ebeysreserve.com. Additional details and instructions on how to apply are posted at www.ebeysreserve.com.

Like the island we live on, the Whidbey Island Conservation District is going through some significant changes. Three st...
04/19/2021

Like the island we live on, the Whidbey Island Conservation District is going through some significant changes. Three staff members have retired or moved on to new challenges in the last six months and a new member of the Board of Supervisors is joining the Board.

"This is a great opportunity for the district to evolve so that it can provide the services needed now and into the future."

Read more from the WICD team on these changes by visiting tinyurl.com/wicd-changes.

Like the island we live on, the Whidbey Island Conservation District is going through some significant changes. Three staff members have retired or moved on to new challenges in the last six months and a new member of the Board of Supervisors is joining the Board.

"This is a great opportunity for the district to evolve so that it can provide the services needed now and into the future."

Read more from the WICD team on these changes by visiting tinyurl.com/wicd-changes.

Join our team! We are seeking applications through May 3rd for District Manager.WICD's District Manager is a full-time l...
04/12/2021

Join our team! We are seeking applications through May 3rd for District Manager.

WICD's District Manager is a full-time leadership role responsible for overall management of the district's work and staff. This is a 1.0 FTE, exempt, salaried, and benefited position.

Complete job description, including qualifications, duties, and benefits, plus application materials and submission instructions available at www.whidbeycd.org/job-opportunity.html.

Join our team! We are seeking applications through May 3rd for District Manager.

WICD's District Manager is a full-time leadership role responsible for overall management of the district's work and staff. This is a 1.0 FTE, exempt, salaried, and benefited position.

Complete job description, including qualifications, duties, and benefits, plus application materials and submission instructions available at www.whidbeycd.org/job-opportunity.html.

Providing habitat for our pollinators like native wild bees and syrphid flies is the number one way to keep them healthy...
03/22/2021

Providing habitat for our pollinators like native wild bees and syrphid flies is the number one way to keep them healthy and thriving. Learn more at www.whidbeycd.org/pollinator-pledge.

Providing habitat for our pollinators like native wild bees and syrphid flies is the number one way to keep them healthy and thriving. Learn more at www.whidbeycd.org/pollinator-pledge.

Our Make a Difference column is in this week's Whidbey Weekly! Barbara Lyon Bennett, appointed member of the Island Coun...
03/19/2021

Our Make a Difference column is in this week's Whidbey Weekly! Barbara Lyon Bennett, appointed member of the Island County Marine Resources Committee and former Coordinator for Island County Beach Watchers from 2010-2015, shares her enthusiasm, knowledge, and resources for Whidbey Island's shorelines, including tips for how to explore and become more involved!

Find the column in this week's Whidbey Weekly on page 9 at:
https://www.whidbeyweekly.com/digital-issues/issue-march-18-2021/

Archives of this and past Make A Difference Columns can be found on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column

Our Make a Difference column is in this week's Whidbey Weekly! Barbara Lyon Bennett, appointed member of the Island County Marine Resources Committee and former Coordinator for Island County Beach Watchers from 2010-2015, shares her enthusiasm, knowledge, and resources for Whidbey Island's shorelines, including tips for how to explore and become more involved!

Find the column in this week's Whidbey Weekly on page 9 at:
https://www.whidbeyweekly.com/digital-issues/issue-march-18-2021/

Archives of this and past Make A Difference Columns can be found on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column

Join our team!Whidbey Island Conservation District is accepting applications for a .8 FTE, non-exempt, salaried, benefit...
03/17/2021

Join our team!
Whidbey Island Conservation District is accepting applications for a .8 FTE, non-exempt, salaried, benefited position of Office Administrator. This position is responsible for District fiscal operations activities, and requires a detailed oriented individual with excellent collaboration skills. Complete job description, including qualifications, duties, and benefits, plus application materials and submission instructions available at www.whidbeycd.org. Application deadline April 15, 2021.

Join our team!
Whidbey Island Conservation District is accepting applications for a .8 FTE, non-exempt, salaried, benefited position of Office Administrator. This position is responsible for District fiscal operations activities, and requires a detailed oriented individual with excellent collaboration skills. Complete job description, including qualifications, duties, and benefits, plus application materials and submission instructions available at www.whidbeycd.org. Application deadline April 15, 2021.

Interested in beekeeping in your backyard? Learn from the experts in classes held by Puget Sound Beekeepers Association....
03/11/2021

Interested in beekeeping in your backyard? Learn from the experts in classes held by Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Class info is at www.pugetsoundbees.org.

Interested in beekeeping in your backyard? Learn from the experts in classes held by Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Class info is at www.pugetsoundbees.org.

Wow - it's been 170 years since Oak Harbor got its name! Join Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society in celebrating the Year of th...
03/08/2021

Wow - it's been 170 years since Oak Harbor got its name! Join Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society in celebrating the Year of the Oak.

Wow - it's been 170 years since Oak Harbor got its name! Join Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society in celebrating the Year of the Oak.

We safely distributed 12,500 native plants in our drive-thru plant sale pick-up last week! Thank you to Greenbank Farm a...
03/03/2021

We safely distributed 12,500 native plants in our drive-thru plant sale pick-up last week!
Thank you to Greenbank Farm and the stores near it for giving us your parking lot, to the volunteers who went above and beyond to make sure all the orders got packed and distributed on time, and of course to all of YOU plant lovers out there who bought plants from us.
We'll see you next year, and hopefully it will be in person!

We safely distributed 12,500 native plants in our drive-thru plant sale pick-up last week!
Thank you to Greenbank Farm and the stores near it for giving us your parking lot, to the volunteers who went above and beyond to make sure all the orders got packed and distributed on time, and of course to all of YOU plant lovers out there who bought plants from us.
We'll see you next year, and hopefully it will be in person!

Northwest Straits Foundation is offering a free webinar on March 17th at 4 pm focused on Island County that provides an ...
02/24/2021

Northwest Straits Foundation is offering a free webinar on March 17th at 4 pm focused on Island County that provides an introduction to coastal processes and Puget Sound habitats, and ideas for alternative strategies for shoreline protection and bluff stabilization using natural solutions. This is being offered as part of the Shore Friendly Program. Be sure to register and save a seat for yourself at https://bit.ly/3dI4jNW.

Northwest Straits Foundation is offering a free webinar on March 17th at 4 pm focused on Island County that provides an introduction to coastal processes and Puget Sound habitats, and ideas for alternative strategies for shoreline protection and bluff stabilization using natural solutions. This is being offered as part of the Shore Friendly Program. Be sure to register and save a seat for yourself at https://bit.ly/3dI4jNW.

A new calf for Southern Resident Orca L-pod! So exciting to see this new arrival, which makes three new Southern Residen...
02/23/2021

A new calf for Southern Resident Orca L-pod! So exciting to see this new arrival, which makes three new Southern Resident Orca calves since September.
Read the Center for Whale Research press release here:
https://www.whaleresearch.com/l125?fbclid=IwAR3ovKlQnbWobzCc5B7nFSwqdIotl7OlH87aeD3eiU33GC0jDSe8RU_takI

A new calf for Southern Resident Orca L-pod! So exciting to see this new arrival, which makes three new Southern Resident Orca calves since September.
Read the Center for Whale Research press release here:
https://www.whaleresearch.com/l125?fbclid=IwAR3ovKlQnbWobzCc5B7nFSwqdIotl7OlH87aeD3eiU33GC0jDSe8RU_takI

We are excited to head to the Greenbank Farm this week to pack and distribute 300 plant sale orders and over 10,000 nati...
02/22/2021

We are excited to head to the Greenbank Farm this week to pack and distribute 300 plant sale orders and over 10,000 native plants!
As with everything these days, plant sale distribution will look different this year. We'll have drive up distribution, with time-slots for pickup on Friday Feb. 26 and Saturday Feb. 27.
Pacific Rim Institute will have an outdoor open sale with potted native wildflowers and groundcover.
Please visit our website for more details at www.whidbeycd.org/native-plants.

We are excited to head to the Greenbank Farm this week to pack and distribute 300 plant sale orders and over 10,000 native plants!
As with everything these days, plant sale distribution will look different this year. We'll have drive up distribution, with time-slots for pickup on Friday Feb. 26 and Saturday Feb. 27.
Pacific Rim Institute will have an outdoor open sale with potted native wildflowers and groundcover.
Please visit our website for more details at www.whidbeycd.org/native-plants.

Thank you to all our wonderful participants who made the Pollinator Pal Pledge to support pollinators in their yards and...
02/18/2021

Thank you to all our wonderful participants who made the Pollinator Pal Pledge to support pollinators in their yards and gardens. We've contacted our five winners, who'll receive Pollinator Habitat yard signs from the The Xerces Society!
Learn how you can support pollinator habitat on your property at www.whidbeycd.org/pollinator-pledge.

Thank you to all our wonderful participants who made the Pollinator Pal Pledge to support pollinators in their yards and gardens. We've contacted our five winners, who'll receive Pollinator Habitat yard signs from the The Xerces Society!
Learn how you can support pollinator habitat on your property at www.whidbeycd.org/pollinator-pledge.

Our Make a Difference column is in this week's Whidbey Weekly! Kris Holley shares her experience as a volunteer for Soun...
02/17/2021

Our Make a Difference column is in this week's Whidbey Weekly! Kris Holley shares her experience as a volunteer for Sound Water Stewards.
Find the column in this week's Whidbey Weekly here:
https://www.whidbeyweekly.com/digital-issues/issue-feb-18-2021/
Archives can be found on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column

Our Make a Difference column is in this week's Whidbey Weekly! Kris Holley shares her experience as a volunteer for Sound Water Stewards.
Find the column in this week's Whidbey Weekly here:
https://www.whidbeyweekly.com/digital-issues/issue-feb-18-2021/
Archives can be found on our website at www.whidbeycd.org/make-a-difference-column

Native Trees of the Pacific Northwest: A Geographic Guide teaches and shows our diverse tree species in a story map as b...
02/16/2021

Native Trees of the Pacific Northwest: A Geographic Guide teaches and shows our diverse tree species in a story map as beautiful as a coffee table book. Check it out here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=d3295191730a49f691379d7962b20bb0

Native Trees of the Pacific Northwest: A Geographic Guide teaches and shows our diverse tree species in a story map as beautiful as a coffee table book. Check it out here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=d3295191730a49f691379d7962b20bb0

02/14/2021
Farm Walks has gone podcast!  WSU Food Systems Program  and Tilth Alliance have taken their long running educational pro...
02/13/2021

Farm Walks has gone podcast! WSU Food Systems Program and Tilth Alliance have taken their long running educational program Farm Walks and turned it into a podcast new series. This week's episode features Whidbey blueberry farm Silva Family Farm.
Learn more here: https://www.farmwalks.org/podcast/silva-family-farm

Farm Walks has gone podcast! WSU Food Systems Program and Tilth Alliance have taken their long running educational program Farm Walks and turned it into a podcast new series. This week's episode features Whidbey blueberry farm Silva Family Farm.
Learn more here: https://www.farmwalks.org/podcast/silva-family-farm

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1 NE 4th St
Coupeville, WA
98239

Island Transit has 3 routes that drop you off approximately 100 ft. from our office: Route 1SB, Route 1NB, and Route 6. Visit http://www.islandtransit.org/Routes-and-Schedules for more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(360) 678-4708

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Farm Planning Services, Forest Planning Services, Firewise Home & Community Assistance, Water Resource & Alternative Stormwater Management Services, Backyard Conservation Education & Outreach, Local Agriculture Outreach, Resources for new & transitioning farmers.

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The mission of the Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) is to assist in the management of natural resources on and around Whidbey Island for present and future generations, inspiring voluntary conservation practices through education outreach, as well as technical and financial assistance.

Established in 1967, Whidbey Island Conservation District is guided by a five-member volunteer board of supervisors and local staff with professional expertise, all of whom have a personal investment and interest in improving the quality of life in their communities on Whidbey Island. We believe that most people agree conservation works best when people who live and work in an area learn to take care of their own natural resources.

​As political sub-divisions of state government, conservation districts provide resources and programs that are voluntary and incentive-based, and available to all interested landowners and residents that live on Whidbey Island. WICD's technical assistance and educational programming is also free, non-regulatory, and can be tailored to meet your conservation goals. We are the "boots on the ground" here on Whidbey, and WICD strives to be a community resource that empowers landowners to conserve natural resources on their property. Camano Island residents are served by the Snohomish Conservation District.

Whidbey Island Conservation District staff provide a wide range of natural resource assistance in the topics areas of Farm Planning, Forest Stewardship, Firewise Assistance, Local Agriculture Outreach, Resources for New & Transitioning Farmers, Backyards & Habitat, and Water Resource Management for shoreline, bluff, and wetland property owners, as well as landowners wishing to learn more about drainage solutions using alternative stormwater management and Low Impact Development techniques. WICD also hosts an annual Native Bare Root Plant Sale and has numerous volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in donating their time and energy to benefit conservation actions on Whidbey Island. Contact us with questions about our programs, services, and volunteer opportunities. We also encourage you to subscribe to our email lists to be connected with resources and publications - including our bimonthly e-newsletter and quarterly Weed Bulletin - on a regular basis.


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