Washington State Conservation Comission
The mission of the Washington State Conservation Commission is to lead the citizens of the state in the wise stewardship, conservation, and protection of soil, water, and other related natural resources. The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) is the second oldest commission in the state. Established in 1939 the SCC continues to work with conservation districts across the state to assist landowners in the implementation of incentive-based practices to protect Washington’s natural resources while maintaining viable agricultural production. The Conservation Commission appoints two of five members of a board of supervisors for the 45 county-based conservation districts in the state of Washington. Conservation Districts are authorized under RCW 89.08.
- The SCC advocates for the needs of Conservation Districts at the state and federal level.
- The Office of Farmland Protection aggregates information to support farmland preservation.
- The SCC uses state funds to support implementation of the CREP program by NRCS and FSA.
- The Coordinated Resource Management program provides facilitation to support local community development around conservation. This effort has been recently augmented by the Voluntary Stewardship Program.
- The SCC has developed a pool of farm engineers and civil engineers to support Conservation Districts