The Sustainable Thurston Plan

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“Creating Places Preserving Spaces – a Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region” – articulates the importance of our resource lands:

Priority Goal

Preserve environmentally sensitive lands, farmlands, forest lands, prairies, and rural lands and develop compact urban areas.

Supporting Target

No Net Loss of farmlands, forest lands, prairie habitats (in addition to environmentally critical areas that area currently protected) while providing for a range of densities within rural Thurston County.

The Thurston Regional Planning Council recently set 2016 priorities, which includes explores tools and strategies for reaching 0 Net Loss. The Thurston Food Systems Council also selected 0 Net Loss as a priority activity in 2015-16.

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For more information contact:
Loretta Seppanen
Thurston Food System Council Member



Held at the Business & Innovation Center on the brand new SPSCC Lacey Campus, over 20 Local Institutions, Including Providence, Mason General, the Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston School Districts, WA State Corrections, Senior Services of South Sound, Haggen Foods, Lucky Eagle Casino, and many more attended this Thurston Food System Council Roundtable discussion on making a commitment to purchasing more food from local producers.

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The Thurston Food System Council is composed of a diverse group of community stakeholders, including:

Thurston Regional Planning Council
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Thurston Conservation District
Taylor Shellfish
Sustainable South Sound
South Sound Community Farmland Trust
Oly Kraut
Olympia Farmers Market
Mason WSU Extension
Helsing Junction Farm
Greater Olympia Slow Food
Enterprise for Equity
Corona Communications

With Community Partners:

Thurston Economic Development Council
Thurston WSU Extension
Thurston County Food Bank
South Sound Senior Services
Mason General Hospital
Evergreen State College Campus Food Coalition
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
and More…