What is the North Yakima Conservation District?
The North Yakima Conservation District is dedicated to maintaining North Yakima County’s renewable natural resources. The District is composed of farmers, landowners and concerned citizens who serve on NYCD’s Board of Supervisors as volunteers. NYCD is bordered by the crest of the Cascades to the west and the Columbia River to the east with the Yakima County line and Ahtanum Ridge forming the northern and southern boundaries respectfully. The NYCD is a legal subdivision of Washington State government organized under “Conservation Districts Law,” RCW 89.08.
What does the District do?
The North Yakima Conservation District:
- Encourages and promotes the preservation and optimum beneficial use agricultural, range and forested lands.
- Helps landowners plan and implement “Best Management Practices” (BMP’s) that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and water conservation, as well as protect the natural resource base of NYCD.
- Furnishes soils information, conservation maps and knowledge of Best Management Practices to landowners and land managers.
- Initiates surveys, research studies, comprehensive plans, demonstration and implementation projects on public and private lands within the District.
- Conducts responsible and accountable management and financial business.
- Provides educational opportunities to local schools and the general public.
- Provides federal, state and local governmental agencies with conservation leadership.
How does the District get these things done?
A five-member, volunteer Board of Supervisors made up of District landowners, develops and administers the District program. They are assisted by other volunteers who serve as Associate Supervisors. The Board provides on-the-ground technical assistance for BMP’s to District cooperators and landowners from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and NYCD staff. Cost-share assistance is obtained for implementation of specific BMP’s through local, state, and federal funding sources as incentives to cooperators.
How does the District relate to other government agencies?
The North Yakima Conservation District works with all units of government, commodity groups and individuals in an effort to use, protect and enhance the District’s natural resources. Through use of Memorandums of Agreement and Understanding NYCD is able to work with many federal, state and local entities to better protect the natural resource base.
Where can I learn more about NYCD?
The North Yakima Conservation District is a member of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts. For more information about NYCD write to:
North Yakima Conservation District
1606 Perry Street Suite C
Yakima, WA 98902
Or call (509) 454-5736