Whatcom CD COVID-19 Contingency Plan

March 17, 2020

Whatcom Conservation District is monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are following the recommended guidance to help ensure the health and safety of you, our valued customer and our staff.  We will keep our event pages up-to-date with cancellations or rescheduling information and send updates via e-news as soon as possible.  If you are scheduled for a site visit or classroom lessons, we will contact you directly if there is a change in the original schedule.

This page was last modified on 03/17/20 - 10:06

Habitat Restoration Work Party at Tenmile Creek

Tenmile Creek Work Party

Thank you to the 39 volunteers who joined us for a habitat restoration work party along Tenmile Creek Saturday morning!

Together they planted over 300 native trees and shrubs along the creek that will one day grow into a healthy forest for salmon. Once established, the native vegatation will shade the stream and stabilize the stream bank, keeping the water cool and clear. Thank you to the landowners for working alongside them on their beautiful property to restore salmon habitat!

This page was last modified on 03/05/20 - 14:44

Landowner Spotlight: Darrell Ambrose

Darrell Ambrose

In the early 1900’s Darrell Ambrose’s great grandfather settled onto land adjacent to the Samish River, just south of Acme, to start a farm from scratch and raise a herd of Brown Swiss cows. The hand-built heritage barn still stands and is a testament to the Ambrose family’s commitment to building things that last.

This page was last modified on 04/02/20 - 13:30

Thank you, Chris Clark!


Chris Clark

While we are selfishly sad that Chris is departing, we are excited for his new adventure and the advancement of his career to serve as Southwest Area Engineer for the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Service, is what motivates Chris. Before coming to us as a graduate of WSU, he served our country in the first Gulf War as a combat engineer.

This page was last modified on 01/17/20 - 11:31

2020 Whatcom CD Board Election Update

The current chair and incumbent, Heather Christianson will serve another three-year term as Whatcom CD Supervisor.  The deadline to file an application to be considered a candidate in a 2020 election was January 10th, 2020.  No other person filed in opposition of Ms. Christianson by that time.  State Conservation Commission rules provide that if the only person filing by the deadline is the incumbent, s/he is automatically reelected so long as the requisite notice was given and the petition contained the signatures of 25 register voters.

This page was last modified on 01/16/20 - 08:26

Landowner Spotlight: Haphazard Homesteading

Haphazard Homstreading

Casi, Chamisa, Abigail, and Brian are an extended family that moved to Whatcom County in 2018 ready to start their farm journey. And what a journey! They have a small breeding herd of Low-line Angus and Angus crossed with Belted Galloway cows, pigs, poultry, a market garden, and new for 2019, a seasonal self-serve road-side farm stand on the Aldrich Road.

This page was last modified on 04/02/20 - 13:31

Orca Recovery Day 2019- a success for our salmon!

Orca Recovery Day 2019
Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Orca whales are critically endangered. The single biggest threat to our local Orca population is lack of their primary food source. Chinook salmon make up 80% of the orca diet, and because of loss of habitat and increasing pollution, local salmon populations are a fraction of what they used to be.
This page was last modified on 11/08/19 - 08:55

Landowner Spotlight: Terry Plake

Terri Plake and her horses

Terri Plake has been keeping horses and trail riding in Whatcom county for more than twenty years. After boarding horses with friends for many years, a long-time dream to keep her horses at home came true when Terri moved to a beautiful 6-acre farm in Ferndale. The farm includes a historic barn and is surrounded by productive Whatcom hay fields. After being contacted by the Department of Ecology regarding manure management, Terri reached out to the Whatcom Conservation District for free and confidential custom planning support.

This page was last modified on 04/02/20 - 13:32