Five Critical Areas of Conservation

Geologically Hazardous

Geologically hazardous areas include areas susceptible to erosion, sliding, earthquake, or other geological events.

These areas pose a threat to the health and safety of citizens, fish, and wildlife, when incompatible commercial, residential, or industrial development is sited in areas of significant hazard.

When technology cannot reduce risks to acceptable levels, building in geologically hazardous areas is best avoided.

Some geological hazards can be reduced or mitigated by engineering, design, or modified construction or mining practices so that risks to health and safety are acceptable.

This distinction should be considered by counties and cities that do not now classify geological hazards in their critical areas ordinance. Counties and cities should also consider classifying geologically hazardous areas as either known or suspected risk, no risk, or unknown where data are not available to determine the presence or absence of a geological hazard.

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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