News & Publications
At the district, we are always working on ways to get the word out about conservation practices, resources, benefits, and services. Click on a link below to find current and archive publications.
For regional conservation activities and news, vist betterground.org below.
In the tabs below, we’ve compiled many of the resources in our extensive resource library, detailed information and links on our outreach resources, as well as stories that other publications have written about our projects.
Click a Tab Below To Explore our Resources:
ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE
Order Bare Root Native Plants directly from WICD!
From November through January of each year, we accept pre-orders against our native plant inventory. Individuals who sign-up to be on our Native Plant Email List are the first to receive notice of when our online storefront is open and taking orders. We also promote the sale through community bulletins, in the newspaper, and other outreach avenues to help spread the word. We reserve this plant inventory from our Conservation District plant grower in Bow, WA (the Plant Materials Center) and other native plant sources, based on sales from previous years. The plants are harvested in late winter (while dormant) and delivered to us the last week in February. With the help of many wonderful volunteers, we pack up your orders and have them ready for pick-up on the last Saturday in February.
During the pre-sale period, as an order is purchased, it is reserved from our inventory. If we run out of a species, we try to increase our order accordingly, but often local growers have pre-sold all of their stock. This is why we encourage our customers to order early – you’re more likely to get everything you want. There is also always the chance that an unexpected weather event can cause a particular crop to fail. In that case, we do our best to track down replacements or offer suitable substitutes.
Our pre-order sale typically ends on January 31st. If you weren't able to order all the species you wanted, there is the possibility that unsold inventory will be available for sale on the Saturday pickup date. So, support your local conservation district, and place your plant order early. Go native plants!
Did you miss this year's Native Plant Sale? Check out other Conservation District Plant Sales.
Many of Washington State's Conservation Districts host their own Native Plant Sales, and each sale timeframe, structure, and plant offerings are unique to each District. In case you missed our sale this year, we encourage you to check the links below and see if one of our neighboring Conservation Districts is still accepting plant orders for their Native Plant Sale.
For more information about our Native Plant Sale Program and resources for native plant selection, visit our Native Plants page. To be the first to know when our storefront has launched in the future, sign-up for our Native Plant Sale Email List here and be notified directly in your inbox.
Whidbey Island Conservation District provides a variety of publications and resources to Whidbey Island landowners interested in conserving their natural resources. Explore the subject tabs below, and stop by our office to check out a more comprehensive Resource Library.
WICD's Conservation Connection Newsletter
Welcome to WICD's newsletter. The Conservation Connection is your gateway into what WICD has been up to, and relevant and real-time resources applicable to natural resource conservation on Whidbey Island. We hope you enjoy reading about WICD's projects and events, as well as other news, and we encourage you to subscribe to receive the newsletter and other resources sent directly to you by email. You can pick up a print copy at our District office. To view current and past issues digitally, and to access an archive of past Conservation Connection newsletters, click here & be sure to subscribe here.
SEASONAL NOXIOUS Weed Bulletin
Seasonal Weed Bulletin
Created in 2013, the Weed Bulletin is a quarterly publication available to all island residents, developed in partnership between WICD and the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board. The seasonal bulletin helps highlight the most important noxious weeds for landowners to look out for that season.
To read the current bulletin and view an archive of past Weed Bulletins, click here.
Make A difference column
The Make A Difference Column published in the Whidbey Weekly newspaper, features resource conservation tips and programs to inspire you and has been in existence since 2016. The column is coordinated by Whidbey Island Conservation District staff and features written contributions and resources from a wide variety of conservation experts in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. You can pick up a free copy of the Make A Difference Column in the Whidbey Weekly newspaper at the many locations they distribute it throughout Whidbey. To view current and past issues digitally, and to access an archive of past Make A Difference Column articles, click here.
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