Conservation Districts of Washington State

The Heritage Garden Program was created by the Benton Conservation District and is additionally offered in Franklin and Yakima Counties in partnership with the Franklin, North Yakima and South Yakima Conservation Districts.

Conservation districts are trusted partners. They are non-regulatory entities that do not enforce compliance or impose penalties, but instead work collaboratively with landowners to help them responsibly and efficiently manage their land. Washington conservation districts help people take care of everything they can see outside their windows – from farms, to forests, to urban yards, to rivers, lakes, and coastline.  For more than 75 years, they have served as trusted, non-regulatory local partners helping people care for natural resources. Every one of Washington’s 39 counties is represented by at least one conservation district, and their staff stand ready to help.

Mission: Conservation Districts are dedicated to the wise stewardship of soil, water, air, fish and wildlife.


Washington Native Plant Society

The Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society  works in partnership with the Conservation Districts to maintain and promote the Heritage Garden Program.

The Washington Native Plant Society is a forum for individuals who share a common interest in Washington’s unique and diverse plant life. For almost 40 years WNPS has been a great source for native plant information and action. 

Mission: The WNPS promotes the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats through study, education and advocacy.