The Center for Technical Development (CTD) was created for the purpose of ensuring that Conservation Districts and employees have the proper tools and expertise to consistently plan and implement conservation programs in collaboration with the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC), Conservation Districts in Washington State, Washington Association of District Employees (WADE), the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD), and other key conservation partners.

Special Announcements

NRCS 2019 Training Course Pre-Registration Survey

The CTD has been working with NRCS on co-coordination of CD staff attendance into 2019 NRCS training events. If you are interested in attending any NRCS trainings this year, please fill out the:


Still have questions about the updated NRCS Conservation Planner Designations? Check out our Certification page for more.


Integrated Erosion Tool (IET) webinar now available for viewing. Please click here!


Coming to WADE 2019

The CTD is working with the WADE conference to bring you some special content at the 2019 WADE conference to be held June 10-12 at the Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth, WA. Forestry, Riparian, and Farm&Fields tracks will have more diverse content with special sessions tailored to information delivery, technology, climate response, and water resources. The Riparian and Farm&Fields Tracks will also have a special Monday session on CTD and NRCS certifications and a coordinated activity connecting fellow planners and mentors. Lastly, we are working with NRCS to bring a special session to WADE on Wednesday that will fulfill one of your NRCS Planner Designation requirements. Not to mention we will once again host Lawn Games on Monday night! So much good stuff coming to WADE 2019! Stay tuned for more info. (WADE Website)

Our Mission

The CTD started as a small group of passionate District staff from around the State who believe in helping advance and support the professional and technical needs of CD staff. Our goals are to:

  • Provide resources for District employees to utilize to improve their skills and knowledge
  • Identify opportunities for streamlined systems that all Districts can take advantage of
  • Establish priorities and identify where state Conservation Districts can grow to ensure they remain a well-informed resource for landowners

Learn More about the CTD

Join the CTD

We are always looking for others who are equally as enthusiastic and interested in joining our group. Whether you are a new or seasoned employee, we can find a place for you if you want to help. Start by contacting us to learn more about how you can get involved.