Office of Farmland Preservation

The Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) was established in 2007 to address the rapid loss of working farm and forest lands in Washington State.  Visit the OFP site to learn about conservation easements, economic incentives for landowners, and more.

About Conservation Districts

Conservation Districts are a unique form of non-regulatory government, they match local resource needs with technical financial resources to help landowners with “on-the-ground” conservation projects.

Success Stories: Whatcom Conservation District removes last fish barrier on Terrell Creek

Whatcom County’s Terrell Creek flows directly to Puget Sound resulting in a “prohibited” status for commercial shellfish harvesting in the area around the mouth of the creek. Once a healthy run, salmon numbers in this stream have declined due to six fish passage barriers. The Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) now works with watershed landowners to reduce runoff, improve riparian (streamside) areas, and...

Success Stories: Lewis Co. Conservation District removes fish barriers in Chehalis Basin

Fish passage barriers became a large-scale concern in the late 1990′s due to the miles of habitat that was no longer accessible to salmon. The Lewis County Conservation District (LCCD) began assessing culverts in the Chehalis Basin to inventory the barriers and prioritize efforts to replace blockages. FINDING A COMMON PATH LCCD worked in conjunction with several state and local agencies and timber...