In March, 2013, the twelve conservation districts that form the Puget Sound Conservation Districts Caucus signed an Interlocal Agreement that paves the way for extensive collaboration. This agreement allows the member CDs to share financial resources, technical expertise, and staff as needed to address regional issues and needs.
“We’re really excited to have this tool,” says King Conservation District Senior Program Manager Brandy Reed. “Puget Sound touches all of us so working together to save this important resource just makes sense.” Reed provides staff support to the Caucus in addition to managing a variety of programs within the King Conservation District.
While the twelve Puget Sound CDs have collaborated for years, the ILA represents a critical step forward in implementing conservation strategies on privately-held lands in the region. Says Reed, “Conservation Districts have a mandate to think and behave regionally – enabling the twelve Puget Sound CDs to partner and expand our focus across county lines means we can leverage each other’s resources, expertise, and strengths across all of Puget Sound.”
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