Natural Resource Investments

Program overview

Conservation districts use Natural Resource Investments funding from the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) to offer local, incentive-based programs that empower landowners to voluntarily install best management practices (BMPs). BMPs advance progress toward resource objectives, such as improved water quality and habitat, and are farm-friendly.

Why this program matters

Natural Resource Investments funding enables landowners and communities to complete voluntary projects that address state and local natural resource priorities – such as salmon recovery, climate resilience, and forest health.

Using funding from this program, conservation districts offer “cost-share” as an incentive for landowners to install eligible conservation projects. Cost-share means a landowner only pays a portion of a project’s total cost – the remaining portion is paid by the conservation district. This incentive increases landowner interest and participation in conservation work.

Program accomplishments
How it Works

All conservation districts are eligible to are eligible for Natural Resource Investments funding. View the full program guidelines (for conservation districts).

More information
  • For general questions about Natural Resource Investments, please contact Ray Ledgerwood,, 208.301.4728
  • For conservation districts who have questions about Natural Resource Investments funding, please contact Melissa Vander Linden,, 360.407.7617
Natural resource investments accomplishments

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Quick facts about the program:
  • In fiscal year 2017, conservation districts used Natural Resource Investments funding to install 164 in-stream fish habitat structures, improve over 1,989 acres of land and habitat, and plant 6,648 trees.
  • Grants funds have been used to support direct seed projects that allow farmers to plant and fertilize crops in one or two passes, reducing erosion by 95 percent.
  • Many projects benefit salmonid species, including coho, Chinook, chum, and steelhead.