Soil and Water Conservation District
Watershed Council Coordinating Board
First Wednesday of the Month.
Watershed Council website:
February 2, 2021
photo: Mt. Hood Winter 2018
USDA Service Center TD - NRCS/SWCD/FSA Operations Update
The USDA Service Center is at full staffing and inperson appointments are being taken. For appointments contact FSA at 541-298-8559 Ext 2, NRCS/SWCD appointments at 541-298-8559 ext 3.
Federal guidelines are requiring social distancing and masks for unvaccinated individuals.
Zoom Meeting, See Agenda for joining.
The meeting may be in person or via teleconference. Stay tuned.
Our Mission: To work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and wise use of natural resources.
SWCD Monthly Board Meeting
The next board meeting is February 2, 2022, at 1:00 PM and will be via Zoom, please see the agenda linked at the left (when published) for information to join the meeting.
News from our Partners
USDA NRCS is taking signups for their Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Farm Bill Program for 2023 funding. This program is now available to all Wasco and Hood River Counties ag producers and no longer limited to just orchards, vineyards, and berry growers. This program goal is to create, restore, and protect beneficial pollinators and insect habitat. Click on the link below for more details about the program.
Oregon Dept of Agriculture (ODA)
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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) and its partner, the USDA NRCS prohibit discrimination against employees, partners, and participants for programs, services and employment. WCSWCD and USDA NRCS are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Agenda - available soon
East Cascade Oak Partnership
The East Cascades Oak Partnership (ECOP) is made up of a group of people and organizations who recognize and want to preserve, enhance, and restore Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana) woodlands. White Oak woodlands are important habitat to a wide range of animal, bird, and insect species and contiguous oak woodlands are fast disappearing.
Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Program
CSP Classic Application deadline is March 18, 2022.
The 2-year waiting period to apply for CSP has been waived for CSP Renewal applicants and they may apply in this year’s sign up if their Renewal was unfunded.
Conservation Security Program (CSP)
2022 Tree Sale
The District's Tree and Shrub Sale form is available and was included as an insert to the Sept/Oct issue of the GROUNDWORK. If you aren't on our mailing list but would like to be, please contact the webmaster at the link at the bottom of the page.
We have some new species available along with some favorites. Tree species: Big Leaf Maple, Paper Birch, Serviceberry, Orange Honeysuckle, Twinberry, Pacific Crabapple, Choke Cherry, Cascara, Red Flowering Currant, Nootka Rose, Thimbleberry, Douglas Spirea, Black Cottonwood and Peachleaf Willow cuttings, as well as Sugar Pine to round out our conifer selection.
Go to our Tree Sale page under Directory for links to pdfs about each of the species available for purchase. Deadline to pre-order is January 20, 2022.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is responsible for developing plans and ensuring rule compliance to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural activities and soil erosion on rural lands.
One of the tools ODA uses to help agriculturists achieve water quality goals and standards is through Strategic Implementation Areas. ODA water quality specialists assess streamside conditions in SIA areas by using a variety of publically available tools – such as satellite mapping and field verification from publicly accessible areas. Letters are sent out to affected landowners to inform them of available resources available to help them voluntarily address potential agricultural water quality issues.
One such resource is Soil and Water Conservation Districts. District planners can be invited to do on site assessments and determine if a problem exists and/or provide assistance to determine what corrective measures need to be taken. The Districts can often assist in seeking financial assistance should conditions warrant.
Wasco County NRCS will be holding its annual Local Work Group meeting via Zoom on February 24th from 10am to 12pm. Please contact Emily Huth for details and to receive a link to the meeting. (541) 298-8559, ext 111 or Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Work Group Meeting