Conservation

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Purpose
  • To acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the inhabitants of Washington County the public parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, county forests, wildlife and other conservation area
  • To promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people of Washington County
  • To encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources
  • To cultivate good citizenship by providing programs of public recreation

About Us

Voted into existence by its residents in 1962, the Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB) is provided direction by five volunteer board members. The Board has the responsibility to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available public parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas.

Funded through a property tax levy, grants, donations, and gifts, the WCCB manages over 2,200 acres of county, private and state-owned land, accessible to the general public. Management of the areas are carefully configured to provide for outdoor recreational and environmental needs of Washington County. Recreational opportunities include areas in which to picnic, camp, bike, hunt, fish, and more. Every effort is made to conserve all of the land under the WCCB's management for future generations to enjoy. Their annual economic impact is estimated to exceed $5 million.

The WCCB also claims an award-winning environmental education program. Diverse opportunities for groups and individuals to learn about the natural world include scheduled events, one-on-one assistance, newsletters, interactive displays, bulletin boards, nature, library, and more. Annual attendance exceeds 13,000.

Board Member Plaque Dedication:

Since 1963, the 32 Washington County Conservation Board Members commemorated here have served the citizens of our county without compensation. These dedicated individuals have provided the WCCB with its direction and guidance, providing the balance between the services we provide and the cost to our citizens.

This beautiful oak plaque was hand crafted by current Board President Craig Capps with design assistance of Vice President Lyle Moen. From this day forward, it will be prominently displayed here at the Washington County Conservation Education Center.