Welcome to the Kittitas County Conservation District!
What We Do
The Kittitas County Conservation District works with local landowners and land managers (public and private) to conserve natural resources that are vital to our economy and our quality of life. At the heart of our work are collaborative efforts to partner with landowners, public agencies, tribes and the general public to create and maintain resilient working landscapes through voluntary incentive based measures.
Our district’s roots run deep in the community. The Kittitas Conservation District was created in 1942, followed by the Cle Elum Conservation District in 1948, as part of a national response to the Dust Bowl. The two districts combined in the 1960’s to create the Kittitas County Conservation District. We have worked for 75 years to assist local land managers to address the many challenges to long term sustainability.
Firewise Communities and Fuels Reduction Projects
Voluntary Stewardship Program
KCCD offers a free home risk assessment to help landowners recognize wildland/urban interface fire hazards in addition to incorporating Firewise planning into existing and developing homesites & communities.
KCCD facilitated the Watershed Group that completed the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Work Plan for Kittitas County. The VSP plan addresses agricultural activities in critical areas and must balance protection of critical areas with agricultural viability.
RCPP Cost-Share Program
KCCD is partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project, "Yakima Integrated Plan - Toppenish to Teanaway". Kittitas County producers can apply for cost share funding for on-farm improvements this fall.