Having healthy trees and forests is a benefit to you and your neighborhood.
Managing natural resources on your farm can be easier with a plan designed to help you meet your land use goals while protecting soil, water, native plants, fish and wildlife.
Livestock and Pasture
One needs to know so much when raising livestock – from how to control pests and insects to learning about solutions that help you raise animals on small acreages. So you want to be a grass farmer? Western Washington pastures can be managed for optimum forage production while minimizing weeds, over-fertilization, and soil erosion.
There are practices and techniques that can help you control mud and its negative effects on you, your livestock, and your neighbors.
Livestock manure can be a gold mine for you and the environment if collected, composted and correctly applied to pastures, crops and gardens.
Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies, by the late Charles L. Mohler, John R. Teasdale and Antonio DiTommaso, published by Western SARE is free to read online or to download as a PDF at www.sare.org/weeds.
Landowners can make their property inviting to fish and wildlife by enhancing and creating habitat that provides food, water and shelter.
- Urban Aquatic Areas Enhancement Services (PDF)
- Rural Aquatic Areas Enhancement Services (PDF)
- Hedgerows (PDF)
- Restoring The Watershed (WDFW 1995) (PDF)
- Native Plants
From urban backyards to farms, native plants can be used to enhance backyard wildlife habitat; enhance streams, wetlands and open spaces; and conserve water.
- KCD Native Plant Descriptions (PDF)
- KCD Bareroot Planting Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Native Plant Nurseries List
- Planting Hardwood Stakes Fact Sheet (PDF)
Soils vary widely across the landscape and across one’s own yard. Know the soil type on your property and how to work with its capacity to support grazing, fertilizing, and the placement of structures.