Soil and Water Conservation District
Watershed Council Coordinating Board
First Wednesday of the Month.
Watershed Council website:
October 6, 2021
October 6, 2021
photo: Mt. Hood Winter 2018
USDA Service Center TD - NRCS/SWCD/FSA Operations Update
The USDA Service Center is still at limited staffing. However, inperson appointments are now being taken. For appointments contact FSA at 541-298-8559 Ext 2, NRCS/SWCD appointments at 541-298-8559 ext 3. These steps are in accordance with official guidelines.
Staff are at the office on different days and teleworking on others and can be reached by phone or email. Please see Staff at the Directory link above for emails and phone extensions. We appreciate the patience of our patrons during these trying times.
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 October 6, 2021 and will be followed by the Watershed Council Coordinating Board meeting at 3:00 PM. Both will be via Zoom, please see the agenda linked at the left (when published) for information to join these meetings.
News from our Partners
USDA NRCS is taking signups for their Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Farm Bill Program. 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.
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D)
WyEast RC&D has joined forces with Forth Mobility, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Sustainable Northwest to test out various types electric powered equipment, starting with electric tractors.
Wy'East is setting out to demonstrate the many benefits of electric powered equipment and to identify the best types of operations for this equipment. So far, (3) electric tractors have been purchased to get started, (2) 40HP electric Utility Tractors and (1) 30HP Compact Electric Tractor.
All units will be shipped to WyEast in Dufur to begin field testing, then remote data sensors will be installed to remotely monitor each piece of equipment.
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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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East Cascade Oak Partnership
The East Cascades Oak Partnership (ECOP) is launching a new strategic plan 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.
Emergency Programs Available
Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Program
NRCS is accepting applications for financial assistance from Wasco County land managers who are in need of emergency cover cropping on wildfire burned cropland and fuels reduction on forestland.
Wildfire Mitigation Assistance
2022 Tree Sale
It's fall! The District's Tree and Shrub Sale form is in the final stages of development and will be an insert to the Sept/Oct issue of the GROUNDWORK.
Got an early-bird peak at the selection and it looks like there some new offerings. 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.