Conservation & Natural Resources



Health is all about balance.

That’s why DCNR strives to bring balance between enjoyment, use, and stewardship of Snohomish County’s natural resources. A healthy environment means thriving salmon populations, robust forests and natural areas, and resilient landscapes. Healthy communities means prosperous local farms, energized rural economies, people connected with nature and

their culture, and responsible energy use. 

We’re helping all of Snohomish County find the right balance every day. Because the healthier our watersheds, farmlands, recreation spaces, and communities are, the better off we all are.


The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources partners with Snohomish County communities to steward resources and manage infrastructure for the purpose of protection, enhancement, use, and enjoyment of our land, air, and water now and into the future.


Through the stewardship of the natural and built environments, the DCNR fosters inclusive, thriving communities across the county.



Logan PlaygroundDivision of Parks & Recreation

The Snohomish County Parks system is incredibly diverse and boasts almost 12,000 acres of parks and open space; over 110 park properties; hundreds of miles of trails and access to 34 miles of fresh and saltwater shorelines. Major regional park assets such as the Evergreen State Fair Park, Kayak Point Park, Lord Hill Park and the Centennial, Interurban and Whitehorse Regional Trail systems host local, regional and national events that draw over 5 million visitors each year to Snohomish County.  

Staff Monitoring Creek

​Surface Water Management (SWM)

SWM is a utility that provides services to unincorporated Snohomish County. These services are funded by charges paid for by property owners in unincorporated Snohomish County. SWM partners with the community to reduce flood damage and to protect and enhance our water resources for future generations by providing customers with services in four core areas to address: drainage and road flooding, water quality, salmon and marine habitat, and river flooding. Sign up to receive the latest SWM news.
Fairground Recycle Area

Energy & Sustainability

Snohomish County's Office of Energy & Sustainability (OES) collaborates with a range of stakeholders to conserve natural resources, facilitate environmental stewardship, and develop innovative solutions that support a healthy and vibrant community.


Agriculture has been a dominant feature of Snohomish County's fertile landscape since the county was founded in 1861. The Agriculture Office provides services to local farmers including regulatory, business, technical help, food systems, economic development, education and oversees the Agriculture Advisory Board.


In 2020, Executive Somers proposed creating a new department of Conservation and Natural Resources to consolidate multiple county functions, offices and departments into one organization to achieve more of our environmental sustainability goals. Snohomish County’s efforts to manage, protect and enhance natural resources currently take place in multiple departments, with varied levels of cross-department collaboration. This includes important county programs related to parks, salmon and Puget Sound recovery, agriculture, food systems, sustainability and climate action, recreation, water quality and flood protection, to name a few. By consolidating the Parks and Recreation department with Surface Water Management, Energy and Sustainability, and Agriculture offices, we are able to take a holistic view of the work and enhance alignment. Read his full letter. The new department consists of Parks and Recreation, Surface Water Management (SWM), Energy and Sustainability, and Agriculture offices. Each of these groups continues to perform the same core services to local residents.