Welcome to the Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department website. The Resource Stewardship Department joins what is commonly known as Environmental Review/Permitting, Water Resources and Community Services. The Community Services division includes WSU Thurston County Extension, Recreation Services and the Thurston County Fair.
We work together to protect Thurston County's natural and built environment, and to engage residents in programs that inspire them to enjoy and protect our natural resources. Our department emerged from a reorganization of Thurston County government in 2009.
If you have questions about long-range planning (for example, activities related to the Growth Management Act), please visit the Planning Department (external link).
Applications for projects on gopher soils may need a site visit during the permit process. Please note that the last day of site visits this year is anticipated to be October 31, 2014, weather permitting. It is advisable to submit your application before October 6 to help ensure we can accommodate all requests. For more information on site visits or the Habitat Conservation Plan, click here.