Upcoming Home Owner Septic Training - Septic 101 & Septic 201
Monday, June 29, 5:00 - 8:00pm at Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville
Go to the County website for more information or to register for upcoming classes.
Drip Irrigation Workshop
Saturday July 11, 10am - noon
S. Whidbey Tilth Sustainability Campus, 2812 Thompson Rd, Langley
FREE! More info here.
WICD Historical Mapping Project
June 11, 2015 - WICD recently archived several sets of historic aerial photographs inherited from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) when NRCS closed its Whidbey Island office in the 1990s. The aerial photos are images of Whidbey Island and Island County from the 1940s, 1963, and 1990. There are a few incidental aerial photos from other years. Read more. To access a map with links to the aerial photos, click here.
WICD Mission Statement
The Whidbey Island Conservation District serves present and future residents of Whidbey Island by supporting a healthy environment, and promoting voluntary, incentive-based options for conserving natural resources through educational outreach as well as technical and financial assistance.
District Office, 1 NE 4th St, Coupeville
Most people agree that conservation works best when people who live and work in an area learn to take care of their own natural resources. As legal sub-divisions of Washington State government, conservation districts are self-governed by a five-member volunteer board that establishes local priorities and sets policy. The Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) Board is composed of local farmers, landowners, and concerned citizens and is dedicated to maintaining Whidbey Island's renewable natural resources. Its priorities and goals include:
July17 cut-off date for EQIP statewide initiatives
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced the application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington State will come earlier than previous years to account for a stronger focus on conservation planning. EQIP is a voluntary, technical and financial assistance program designed to help farmers improve irrigation efficiency; manage nutrient run-off and/or animal waste; improve the health of native plant communities; and reduce soil loss. In most instances, producers who participate in the program pay for roughly half of the costs of the conservation measures or practices. More details here.
Noxious Weed Fact Bulletin
WICD has partnered with Island County Noxious Weed Coordinator, Janet Stein, to distribute "Weed Fact Bulletins." Anyone who signs up for this program will receive periodic emails with a detailed description and photos of a targeted noxious weed. To sign up for the program or learn more about Washington State noxious weed control laws, click here.
Our current bulletin features Poison Hemlock - Conium maculatum.