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Small Acreage Program

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For information on the Small Acreage Program or Living on the Land curriculum, contact:
Doug Stienbarger, Extension Director
(360) 397-6060 ext. 5742

For information about upcoming workshops and classes, contact:
Eric Lambert, Program Coordinator
Photo of field (360) 397-6060 ext. 5729

The Small Acreage program, funded by the Clean Water Program in partnership with WSU Extension – Clark County provides educational workshops and other outreach to residents on how to manage issues such as mud and manure management, fencing and pasture management, and other water quality topics unique to rural properties.

The goal of the Small Acreage program is to reduce pollution entering storm and surface water coming from residential and agricultural properties by giving residents the knowledge and skills necessary to manage their land and animals in a way that will help keep water clean.

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Publications and Videos

Finding Services

Small Acreage Landowner Services Directory (PDF – 451K)
Soil, Water, Forage Testing Labs in the Pacific Northwest

Managing Runoff

Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Improving Drainage (PDF – 335K)
Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Managing Roof Runoff (PDF – 227K)
Reduce Mud and Keep Water Clean: Sacrifice Areas (PDF – 852K)
Simple Steps to Protect Your Surface and Well Water (PDF – 150K)

Reducing Mud on Small Acreages (video clip)


Wells and Septic Systems

Don’t Let Your Dollar$ Go Down the Drain! Septic Tank Additives (PDF – 818K)
Protect Your Drinking Water: Simple Tips for Well Maintenance (PDF – 1MB)
Protecting Your Inve$tment: Inspecting Your Septic System (PDF – 303K)
Save Time and Money – Properly Landscape Your Septic System (PDF – 972K)

Land Management

Self-Assessment Guide for Small Acreages (PDF – 2.6 MB)

Constructing Ponds and Water Features – What Does It Take? (PDF – 517K)
Current Use Taxation (PDF – 216K)
Information on Small Acreage Management; A Resource List (PDF – 604K)
Management Practices for Small Acreages: Keeping Water Clean (PDF – 548K)
Natural Insect Control for Small Acreages (PDF – 580K)
What Can You Do On Your Land – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF – 402K)

Natural Insect Control For Small Farms (Slide show & narrative)



Stream Buffers for Agricultural Lands

Riparian Buffers for Western Washington Agriculture

Establishing Riparian Buffers Adjacent to Agricultural Lands

Pasture and Grazing Management

How Green is Your Grass? Five Steps to Better Pasture and Grazing Management (PDF – 1MB)

Managing Manure

Composting Manure on Your Property (PDF – 736K)

Manure Management (video clip)


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Other Resources

Tips On Land & Water Management for Small Acreages in Southwest Washington

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Workshops and Training

Photo showing well head The Small Acreage program offers workshops throughout the year on issues of interest to rural landowners. Topics include mud and manure management, pasture management, wells and septic maintenance, and fencing for livestock.

For those who wish more in-depth information, the program also offers a 12-week series, Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages. Graduates of this training come away with a workable plan for their property that they created themselves based on what they learned in class. For the next class, check the calendar ( or call 360-397-6060 x5729.

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Small Farm Tours

The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is often true. Tours of farms and properties that follow clean water management practices, such as guttering to reduce mud, fencing to keep animals from eroding streams, composting of manure, and siting of outbuildings to improve efficiency, help participants see what is possible on their own property.

Small Acreage Program poster
Recognition Sign

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Small Acreage Recognition Program

The Small Acreage Program, supported by Clark County’s Clean Water Program, wishes to publicly recognize residents who are implementing clean water management practices on their acreage. If you or someone you know are doing good things on their small farms or rural property to protect our water, please let us know. Call the Small Acreage Program Coordinator at (360) 397-6060 ext. 5729.

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Don & Dee place the first sign on their property.

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Annual Report & Impacts

Small Acreage Program 2012 Annual Report (PDF – 5.7 MB)

Small Acreage Program 2011 Annual Report (PDF – 3.8 MB)

Small Acreage Program 2010 Annual Report (PDF – 1.8 MB)

Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report (PDF – 467K)
Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report: Appendices (PDF – 3.9M)

Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report (PDF – 516K)
Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report: Appendices (PDF – 2.7M)

Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report (PDF – 792K)
Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report: Appendices (PDF – 7.0M)

Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report (PDF – 572K)
Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report: Appendices (PDF – 6.4M)

Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report (PDF – 0.57M)
Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report: Appendices (PDF – 6.6M)

Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report (PDF – 0.4M)
Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report: Appendix A (PDF – 6.8M)

Small Acreage Program 2003 Annual Report (PDF – 1.9M)

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