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Our website hosts a great deal of interesting and relevant conservation information that may be of interest to you. Before you go, be sure to check out the tabs below:
native plant resources
Native Plants promote
Native plants provide a landowner with countless possibilities for infusing conservation into their backyards. Whether you have a wetland, a shoreline, a forest, or a lot in town, you'll want to browse and click on the publications listed below. If you are trying to locate the WICD Annual Native Bareroot Plant Sale, click here.
Getting Started with PNW Native Plants
Step-by-Step Guides for Native Plants
Irrigation & Watering
Alternative Pest Management
Native Plant Propagation
Native Plant Salvage
Birds & Wildlife
Soil Stabilization & Erosion Control
Wet Sites, Wetlands & Riparian Areas
Shorelines & Bluffs
Septic Drainfield Landscaping
Screens & Hedges
noxious weed resources
Seasonal Noxious Weed
Created in 2013, the Weed Bulletin has grown to include now a quarterly (4X per year) publication available to all island residents, developed in partnership between WICD and Island County Noxious Weed Control Board. The seasonal focus of the bulletin is intended to help highlight the most important noxious weeds for landowners to look out for that season.
To signup to receive the weed bulletin, or for more information about Island County Noxious Weed Resources, and an archive of past Weed Bulletins, click here.
soil conservation resources
It Starts with Soil...
Conservation of natural resources starts with understanding your soil. There are many tools and resources available provided through the USDA, WSU Extension, and others to begin the journey of learning about your site.
Create a Soil Report utilizing the USDA's Web Soil Survey, learn about soil fertility and fertilizing soils through WSU Extension publications, and start by having your soil tested through guides offered by Oregon State University below.
When it comes to wildfires, do you think of Whidbey Island? Most would venture to our neighbors to the east of the Cascades on this topic, but with growing awareness of the effects that drought-prone summer seasons play in wildfire ignition potential on Whidbey Island, WICD and its partners at the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources Wildfire Division, North Whidbey Fire & Rescue, Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, and South Whidbey Fire & EMS have partnered together to offer resources and expertise for Whidbey residents on how to be more Firewise™.
Request a free 30-minute Firewise Home Assessment for your property by contacting Kelsi Mottet at (888) 678-4922 or kelsi(at)whidbeycd.org. Please provide your name, address to receive a Firewise Assessment, and preferred day of the week/time of day between Mon - Fri, 8AM - 5PM.
Be sure to check out the following Firewise™ publications below that will help equip you to have a more Firewise™ backyard.
Backyards & Habitat
Whidbey Island Conservation District's goal is to promote natural resource conservation to the public through workshop offerings, training, individual site-visits, presentations and exhibits at large-scale events like Sound Waters University, the Whidbey Gardening Workshop, and the Whidbey Island Area Fair, and we also host a great resource library at our office at 1 NE 4th St. Coupeville, WA 98239. We provide this service in addition and as a compliment to the technical services of our Farm & Ag Assistance, Forest Stewardship, Water Management, Backyards & Habitat, Native Plants, Noxious Weeds, Firewise, and Agricultural Community that form the core natural resource topics we address.
Are you a Homeowners Association board member interested in distributing information to your residents? Are you a local non-profit interested in partnering on a conservation workshop in the future? Perhaps you are a public or private school teacher and are looking for a guest expert to present to your class in grades K-12? Or maybe you're needing some tips and guidance on how to work with youth in outdoor and natural resource education?
Look no further! Whidbey Island Conservation District staff can work with you to design a presentation or workshop, or provide you with natural resource tips and guidance. Please contact Kelsi Mottet at (888) 678-4922 to learn more.