WICD's 5-Year Plan Creation Begins
WICD is starting its six month process this November through April to create our next 5-Year Work Plan. Long range planning helps conservation districts identify broad goals and outcomes and focus on a vision for future work with input from the public, partners, staff, and board supervisors.
As members of the public, you are a critical part of this process. Our services are meant to provide valuable resources to all Whidbey Island residents.
Please consider joining us - we'd love to hear your feedback. We have two upcoming community meetings, held this year online due to COVID-19.
If you are not able to join us at the community meetings, consider completing our 3 minute, 3 question survey by clicking the link below.
Native Plant Sale Storefront Now Open
Our annual Native Bareroot Plant Sale online pre-ordering has started and runs through December 30th. Pick up of orders for those placed during this timeframe will be at our PICK UP DAY EVENT on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenbank Farm Barn A at 765 Wonn Rd., Greenbank.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Maynard, Plant Sale Manager, at michelle[at]whidbeycd.org or by phone (360) 678-4708 extension 1.
Are you interested in helping us pack pre-orders as a volunteer at this year's packing days in late February? If so, learn more at our Volunteer page and sign up to be added to our "Volunteer with Us" email list by clicking here. Volunteer information will come out in late January via email.
Our Monthly Highlights - November
Click here to read about what's happening with WICD this month.
Our District's monthly updates for November include upcoming water resources workshops related to rain gardens held online via Zoom on November 18 @ 6 pm and November 23 @ 6 pm, the start of our Long Range Planning meetings and ways you can civically engage with us including taking this 3-Question Survey to help guide the future of the WICD's work, and introductions to our upcoming Board Election, and introduction of new staff members.
Agland Stewardship Financial Opportunities
WICD is partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service this year to streamline assistance for Whidbey farmers and ranchers to apply for the ever popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program ("EQIP"), increasing access to Farm Bill programs for historically underserved producers. Click here to learn more.
As the Whidbey Island Conservation District, we work to inspire voluntary conservation practices and assist in the management of natural resources on and around our island through education, outreach, technical, and financial assistance - for the benefit of present and future generations.
We are a designated special purpose district under RCW 89.08, and our service area includes the residents and landowners of Whidbey Island. We are locally led and guided by the needs of the public, but we are also part of a larger network of Washington state's 45 conservation districts that serve its 39 counties.
Did You Know?
We are a free, non-regulatory, & voluntary service.
We look forward to helping you achieve your land use goals while improving our island's shared natural resources.
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What to Expect When Requesting Assistance from the Whidbey Island Conservation District
- Our services are free and voluntary, so lots of folks love to work with us, and we look forward to working with you!
- We have 2 staff who assist with satisfying client requests
- We assist requests in the order that they are received
- Please allow for 2 weeks for an initial reply
- General info requests take approximately 1 month to respond to
- New site visit requests to properties are on a 3 to 6-month waitlist currently
- Farm, animal, and waste management plans are on a 6 month to 1-year waitlist currently
- Here is a list of directories and/or organizations which may be able to respond to your request sooner. We can not recommend private sector professionals as a government entity, so have included directories housed by other entities that are populated by the professionals themselves:
- Agriculture & Forestry Professionals Directory via USDA - https://nrcs-sites.secure.force.com/FindaTSP
- Forester & Silvicultural Contractors Directory via WSU Extension - https://bit.ly/3xT2eVJ
- Arborists Directory Pacific NW International Society of Arboriculture - https://bit.ly/37S8YJ6
- Online Learning Module for Understanding Wildfire Threat to Homes - https://bit.ly/3AOeCID
- Environmental Consultants Directory for Wetlands & Wildlife - https://bit.ly/2VZHY7J
- Landscaping / Gardening Consultation with WSU Master Gardener Hotline - https://bit.ly/3CUTodZ
- Island County Noxious Weed Program Coordinator Consultation - https://bit.ly/2VXnHQe
- Construction / Land Development Contractors Directory via SICBA - https://www.sicba.org/list/