In March, 2013, the twelve Conservation Districts that form the Puget Sound Conservation Districts Caucus signed an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) that paves the way for member Districts to share financial resources, technical expertise and staff to address threats to the health of Puget Sound.
The Puget Sound Conservation Districts Caucus was established in 2007, and the following year the Districts adopted an action agenda to support the Puget Sound Partnership's 2020 Action Agenda. Conservation Districts are authorized under RCW 39.34 to enter into agreements for cooperative action. Their recently signed ILA will enable the participating Conservation Districts to share staff, develop a joint Puget Sound Conservation Districts workplan, and collaborate on regional priorities with local, state, federal, and tribal stakeholders.
Conservation Districts have a long history of developing and implementing solutions that can significantly advance the goal of recovering the health of Puget Sound. While the twelve Puget Sound Conservation Districts have collaborated for years, the ILA represents a critical step forward in implementing resource conservation strategies on privately-held lands. Brandy Reed, Senior Resource Planner for the King Conservation District, said “CDs have a mandate to think and behave regionally. Enabling the twelve Puget Sound Conservation Districts to partner and expand our focus beyond county lines means we can leverage each other’s resources, expertise and strengths across all of Puget Sound.”
Participants in the Puget Sound Conservation Districts Caucus include Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan Islands, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom, and Whidbey Island Conservation Districts. For more information, contact Brandy Reed by phone at
(425) 282-1924, or email: Brandy Reed.