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Forestry Cost Share

When funding is available, the Conservation District is able to financially support the implementation of forest health and wildfire mitigation best practices for public and private landowners.  

What is the status of funding? 

As of July, 2022, forestry cost share funding available to landowners in San Juan County should be arranged through WA Department of Natural Resources by contacting Gene Phillips at

Other funding sources include USDAs Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) "EQIP" and "CSP" funding sources: 

- EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program)

- CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program)

To learn more about NRCS programs, contact local NRCS Resource Conservationist Robin Buckingham at


SJICD received direct funding in 2021 to support forest health improvements for roughly twenty unique landowners, through a competitive application process. 

What are the benefits?

Forestry cost share funding supports forest health and wildfire mitigation. Common best management practices help provide trees with more space, nutrients and moisture while reducing competition, wildfire risk, and overstocked forest stands. These practices include thinning, pruning, chipping, and the construction of wildlife habitat, among others. All practices are implemented according to specifications developed by USDAs Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). 

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