Five Critical Areas of Conservation

Frequently Flooded

Frequently Flooded Areas

Areas in Washington's floodplains that are subject to 1% chance of flooding are considered frequently flooded areas. VSP works hard to restore streams and floodplain function in these areas.

Flooding is a significant concern in Washington.

VSP's work aims to limit flooding by protecting the infrastructure and health of Washington's floodplains and wetlands.

Areas in Washington that a subject to frequent flooding are prone to disruption by human activity as well as natural occurrence. VSP works to maintain and facilitate safe building and development as well as strengthening the wetland's inherent structure, to minimize damage to wetlands and riparian areas when flooding does occur.

Learn more about critical area definitions.


Pacific CD Protects Riparian Habitat through Fencing Project

Wildlife Habitat

Pacific Conservation District (PCD) recently worked with a landowner who completed an exclusion fence for their cattle operation.

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Foster Creek CD Projects Focus on Stream Restoration and Innovative Virtual Fencing

Geologically Hazardous

Two Foster Creek CD (FCCD) projects showcase an ecosystem approach to improving natural resources, protecting geologically hazardous landscapes, improving habitat health, and ensuring agricultural viability within the Foster Watershed.

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Okanogan CD Assists with Installation of Livestock Exclusion Fencing


Okanogan Conservation District (OCD) utilized VSP funding to work with a landowner to install livestock exclusion fencing, protecting riparian and wetland habitats from grazing sheep.

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Removing Yakima River Water Stargrass


Benton Conservation District (BCD) is leading the community effort to deal with water stargrass.

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