Habitat Improvement

Our work focuses on improving riparian habitat through the removal of invasive weeds and replanting with native trees and shrubs. Streamside planting events engage hundreds of volunteers in efforts that help in the recovery of endangered salmon and other wildlife.

District Environmental Education programs include classroom presentations, organizing Family Fun events, workshops, and field trips for K-16 students. These efforts reached thousands of young people and the community at-large throughout Pierce County with a message of how important environmental stewardship is and provided an opportunity to act on that message.
  1. Knotweed Control Program

    Knotweed is an invasive plant from Asia that spreads aggressively and has the potential to cause great harm to local habitats and salmon runs. Since the spring of 2010, the Pierce Conservation District has been leading knotweed eradication efforts within both the Nisqually River and South Prairie Creek watersheds.

  2. Restoration Plantings

    The District works with private and public landowners to restore native habitats. These projects often involve the removal of invasive weeds and the establishment of native trees and shrubs to improve the quality and function of local habitats. Many of these projects involve citizen volunteers in events that not only improve the quality of our natural areas, but also help build community and a sense of stewardship.

  3. Landowner Assistance

    District staff are available to meet with landowners to discuss options for improving, enhancing, or restoring native habitats.

  1. Environmental Education

    Field Trips & Classroom Lessons

    Children's Water Festival
    Pierce Conservation District coordinates the Children's Water Festival, an annual event that brings 5th graders from around the County for a day of learning about water quality and conservation. In 2015, over 860 students participated. Hands-on activities were hosted by local professionals from non-profits, environmental educators, and local and state agencies.