A Homebuyer's Guide to Critical Areas

As you hunt for property to develop in Washington State, you’ll quickly learn that water-related critical areas can add a wrinkle to the home-buying and home-building process. In this post, we delve into what you need to know about critical regulations and the steps to take to create the home of your dreams.

Five Pacific Northwest Native Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden

The palette of native shrubs to choose from in the Pacific Northwest is so wide and varied that it can be difficult to narrow down your options when it's time to start planting. Marina French, restoration designer and landscape architect at The Watershed Company, shares five native shrubs that have a proven track record in our landscape designs (and include tasty berries, too!).

How to Clean Up Your Landscape Within a Critical Area

Have you purchased a property with critical areas or buffers that are in need of landscape maintenance? Do you wish to re-evaluate or change how your landscape is maintained within a critical area or buffer? Have you tried to change or clean up unruly vegetation, only to receive a notice from regulators that the area is within a critical area or buffer? If so, you could benefit from implementing a Vegetation Management Plan, or VMP, for your property.