Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District
The staff is dedicated to helping the agricultural community achieve their conservation goals through resource planning, technical assistance, and access to timely and relevant information.
Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) prohibits discrimination against its employees, partners, and participants for services and employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, and sexual orientation. WCSWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
Forestry and Tree Resources
Welcome to our new Forest Resource page. Here you will find links to important forest management resources, and some just good to know stuff! For the Forest Collaborative click on the link on the right.
In Wasco Co. Oregon Dept. of Forestry has two staff members who can provide assistance with forestry/tree management issues. Mel Gard, National Fire Coordinator, and Chet Behling, Stewardship Forester. Both of these people can help with technical assistance on thinning, pruning, piling, and abatement for the Columbia Gorge Area. Occasionally, they are also able to get funding to assist landowners with implementing management practices.
If you have some management issues and would like to visit with them about what your options are, you can contact them at: 541-296-4626.
The Conservation District can also provide technical assistance, and if available, cost-share funding to help implement management practices.
Most of the time, what we know as pests are part of the natural cycle of returning vegetative matter back to the soil. However, they can become a problem with living vegetation when a plant is under stress. Plants in distress emit a pheromone that basically calls the pests to them. With the combined forces of drought and fire coming to bear these past several years, our forests are under a great deal of stress. With plenty of food, populations of bark beetles and wood boring insects have grown exponentially, as has disease.
Becoming familiar with the species of tree(s) growing in your landscape, the type of pest/disease they are susceptible to, the type of damage they do, and preventative measures you can take, is vital towards maintaining a healthy landscape and forest.
The following document is filled with links to forestry management resources and pest publications.