2019 NRCS Partnership Award
At this year's CONNECT gathering, NRCS partners recognized the District's assistance in helping local landowners with recovery efforts from the Summer 2018 fires.
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Pictured Left to Right: Shilah Olson, District Manager for the Wasco Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD); Dan Esposito, District Conservationist for Wasco County with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Amanda Whitman, District Manager for the Sherman SWCD; and DelRae Ferguson, Acting District Conservationist for Sherman County with the NRCS.

The Wasco and Sherman SWCDs provided exemplary partnership to NRCS to provide outreach, contracting and field support for post-fire recovery activities in Wasco and Sherman counties. SWCD staff were actively engaged in local communities impacted by the fires and participated in several meetings and community forums to hear landowner’s needs and concerns. Working in partnership with NRCS, they kept landowner’s needs at the forefront of their business approach and offered a suite of conservation practices that addressed the localized resource concerns in a manner that would also meet producer’s needs. The role of local SWCD staff was paramount to the success of this effort. For example, they coordinated the contracting of seed and scheduled aerial seeding applications with participating landowners in a timely manner.
Due to the timing of the fires in late summer, staff worked on a very rapid timeline to mobilize a cost-share program and obligate funds before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2018). Staff worked long hours and demonstrated an outstanding level of customer service to successfully obligate nearly $7 million in financial assistance for Wasco and Sherman county producers within only a few weeks to meet the fiscal year deadline.