Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District

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The SWCD provides technical assistance and cost share assistance for   cropland erosion control and range management projects. The SWCD provides workshops on natural resource issues and sponsors an annual conservation tour.


Interested in your Conservation options?
Open weekdays 8-5 pm

Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District ®  302 Scott Street P.O. Box 405, Moro, OR  97039
Cropland Erosion Control 
  • Terrace Layout 
  • Water and Sediment Control Basin Layout 
  • Structure Design 
  • Flood Mitigation 
  • Construction Inspection 
  • Residue Management Practices 
  • Farm Plans 
Range Management Projects 
  • Fence 
  • Grazing Plans 
  • Spring Development 
  • Solar Wells 
  • Brush Control 
  • Pasture Reseeding 
  • Riparian Buffers 
  • Stream Temperature Monitoring  
    Technical and Cost Share Assistance to Install Your Projects
If you have needs for conservation practices on your land and would like technical assistance, please contact the SWCD office. We have many resources available to assist you and most funding sources have deadlines throughout the year.  

OWEB Small Grant Programs
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) has provided funding for two locally administered small grant programs on land that drains into the Lower John Day and Lower Deschutes Rivers. These grants support projects designed to improve water quality, water quantity, and fish and wildlife habitat. Funding awards will be based on local priority resource concerns, habitat values, and watershed functions. The goal is to encourage landowner participation in watershed improvements by implementing technically sound and economically feasible practices that benefit watershed health across all land uses. 

A "small grant" is classified as a grant awarded for an eligible watershed restoration project for up to 75% of the project cost, with OWEB covering costs up to but not exceeding $10,000. Sherman County has received nearly $66,000 between the two regions for conservation work these past two years. The small grant teams are meeting once a month to review grant applications. Applications are due into the Sherman County SWCD office at the end of each month. If awarded, money should be available within 45 days. 

The SWCD & Watershed Council are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2019 funding period. Please keep in mind that if OWEB funds requested do not exceed $5,600 the required match is 25%. If OWEB funds requested does exceed $5,600 the required match is 50%. Our staff will assist you in completing the application form.  Please stop by the office or call at (541) 565-3216 Ext. 3 or 109 for more information. 

Sherman County SWCD Mission Statement

The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District strives to promote and protect the natural resources of not only Sherman County, but also all the areas included in our watershed drainages's. This board of directors believes that cooperation between State of Oregon and Federal agencies, public interest groups, and land owners / operators is of the utmost importance in achieving the goals of the district. We will continue to work for not only better soil and water conservation practices, but also for a better understanding between all parties concerned with the protection of our natural resources.  

Mark your calendars

Tree sale
Saturday March 31st 2018
For a complete tree/shrub catalog stop by the office
or call Scott Susi District Technician