News & Events

Orca Recovery Day: October 15th

Volunteer Planting Event at the Snow Creek Estuary Preserve

10:00am-12:30pm at the Snow Creek Estuary Preserve

Come join us in celebrating Orca Recovery Day as the Jefferson County Conservation District and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition team up for a planting event at the Snow Creek Estuary! This estuary is important habitat for Endangered Hood Canal summer chum salmon. Recent studies have shown that when Chinook salmon, the preferred prey of Southern Resident Orcas, is in short supply, they’ll supplement their diet with other species, including chum salmon.

Free Landscaping with Native Plants Workshop

Jefferson County Conservation District is offering a free field workshop on Landscaping with Native Plants. The workshop will be from 4:00 to 5:30pm on Wednesday, September 28 at HJ Carroll Park in Chimacum.

This hands-on workshop is free but due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Conservation district manager Joe Holtrop will help participants learn how to identify common native trees and shrubs, their landscaping attributes, ecological benefits, and how to incorporate them into home landscapes.

Holtrop, who holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture and adult education, has been teaching about landscaping with native plants on the Olympic Peninsula for over 30 years.

Use the link below to register. For more information, contact Jefferson County Conservation District at jholtrop@jeffersoncd.org or 360-554-8066.

Register here for the workshop: https://checkout.square.site/merchant/MLWC4DRZG9W3R/checkout/FI7UI2HMT2SOWFIIZAK4TC3Q

Jefferson County Conservation District’s Fall Natural Landscaping Course

Registrations are being accepted for Jefferson County Conservation District’s fall Natural Landscaping course. The interactive three-class, two-field trip course emphasizes native plants and sustainable landscape design and maintenance practices.

Classes will be on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm beginning September 27 at the Washington State University classroom facility in Port Hadlock. The first field trip will be 4:00pm on Thursday, September 29 at Indian Island County Park. The second field trip is the following Thursday at HJ Carroll Park.

Conservation district manager Joe Holtrop will teach participants how to analyze the unique ecological conditions of their properties and develop site-specific landscape plans designed to meet homeowner needs while being in harmony with the environment. Holtrop, who holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture and adult education, has been teaching about sustainable landscaping for over 30 years. In addition to his formal education, he draws on his permaculture design training and experience, emphasizing the principle of working with rather than against nature.

Course participants are coached through the steps necessary to prepare individualized landscape plans that will save time and money while also enhancing wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

A $15 registration fee covers the cost of the book Grow Your Own Native Landscape, access to downloadable reference materials, and facility rental. The cost for couples that share one book is $20. The deadline for registration is September 22. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact Jefferson County Conservation District at jholtrop@jeffersoncd.org or 360-554-8066.

Individual Registration: Sorry, this course is full. There is still space in our free hands-on workshop on September 28th. See information and registration link above. Please check back for information about another course to be offered this spring.

Couples Registration: Sorry, this course is full. There is still space in our free hands-on workshop on September 28th. See information and registration link above. Please check back for information about another course to be offered this spring.

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Virtual Workshop: Planning a Native Landscape

On December 14th, 2021 and January 12th, 2022 District manager, Joe Holtrop presented on how to plan and implement a native plant-based landscape. The presentations covered basic site analysis, an overview of common native trees and shrubs, plant selection, bare-root plant care, planting and maintenance. Please use the following links to access the recorded presentations: 

December 14, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm: https://youtu.be/GJ3vaHohJmU
January 12, 2022, 6:30-8:00pm: https://youtu.be/V8W-7Oq181Y

PRESS RELEASE

8/5/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FORESTLAND AERIAL HERBICIDE SPRAYING

The Jefferson County Conservation District will no longer assist Pope Resources, a forest products company, with the publication of a map and other information concerning the aerial spraying of herbicides as part of Pope Resource’s forest management practices.

Said Al Latham, Chairperson of the Jefferson County Conservation District Board or Supervisors, “Since the late 1980’s the Conservation District has broadened public notification of aerial spraying through an informal agreement that was negotiated with area commercial timberland managers.” By this agreement the Conservation District issued press releases, including a map showing the areas those companies were intending to spray with herbicides, and also listed the types of chemicals to be used along with the approximate dates of spraying.

According to Al Cairns, Conservation District Manager, after over 30 years that arrangement has ended. “Pope Resources has informed us that they will manage public notification themselves”, Cairns said.  “We did agree that the Conservation District would publish notice of this change and direct our residents to an area of the Pope Resources webpage which has all the information the Conservation District used to compile and publish.”

Information about aerial spraying, including maps of areas to be sprayed and the herbicides used, can be found at: https://www.popeneighbor2neighbor.com/.  Pope Resources will provide written notification to all landowners within 1,000 feet of aerial applications.

PT Leader Article:

Good fences make safer shellfish, healthy salmon

This article was written following a Livestock Watering for Managed Grazing workshop hosted by JCCD and co-sponsored by the Chimacum Grange on March 30, 2017.