Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District
Water Quality and Quantity
Goals: Increase the number of stream miles changed to an improved condition by continuing to restore riparian areas and assure they meet state water quality standards. In order to achieve these goals, the District will collect baseline water quality data, identify priority areas and practices, and restore identified riparian areas to an improved condition.
What are rescource concerns?
Goals: Improve soil condition index and soil test results for organic matter. In order to achieve these goals, the District will recruit targeted landowners to complete conservation plans that include conservation practices to improve soil health and reduce erosion.
Invasive and Noxious Plant Species
Overview: Many people are affected by invasive plant species and noxious weeds, whether or not they realize it. Non-native plants reduce land productivity, destroy helpful native species, and use up valuable resources for growth, such as soil and water. Additionally, these invasive species and weeds could be hazardous to human health, poisonous to livestock, and reduce the aesthetic and recreation value of public lands.
Goals: Increase the number of acres surveyed and treated for invasive and noxious species, monitor progress towards eradicating the most dangerous species, and increase the number of acres restored back to native vegetation.
Overview: Some of the major non-regulatory reasons for adopting good livestock management practices are improved and/or increased animal health, pasture productivity, wildlife habitat, land value, and ecosystem health. Applying this dynamic perspective of historical land use to water quality, the presence or absence of cows in a riparian area is not as important as the way they are managed. Also critical are the effects of plant community changes from influences such as climate, weather events, and fire on potential pollutants such as sediment, pathogens, nutrients, and stream temperature.
Goals: Increase the Well-managed grazing that encourages even utilization of plants and allows time for plants to fully recover from defoliation offers a number of significant benefits to the manager and ecosystem, many of which have a positive chain effect:
• Maximizes forage production
° Minimized bare ground protects soil
° Increased grass and forb stem density slows
the overland sheet flow of water
° Increased root growth and sloughing cycles
build soil organic matter
• Removes the growing points of many weeds
• Reduces the likelihood of animals picking up
internal parasites (when adequate residual plant
height is maintained)
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
A voluntary, non-competitive, program for agricultural landowners. Receive incentive payments for installing specific conservation practices along waterways. Through CREP, farmers and ranches can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible land. For more information contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office or check-out the website below.
Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)
The EQIP program promotes voluntary conservation practices from farmers and ranchers, agricultural practices and environmental quality that are in line with national standards. EQIP offers financial and technical help assisting qualified (competitive program) applicants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP is a competitive cost-share progra
Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)
The WHIP program focuses on improving a variety of habitats throughout Oregon that serve to connect upper and lower watershed habitats, protect and enhance native plant communities, improve salmon habitat, increase biodiversity, and increase habitat for threatened and endangered species. To find out more about the WHIP program visit the site below.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CStP)
CStP is designed to reward the best conservationists and motivate the rest! CStP supports ongoing conservation stewardship of agricultural lands by providing assistance to producers to maintain and enhance natural resources. CStP is a voluntary USDA program, designed for working lands (food and/or fiber production). This program financially rewards farmers and ranchers who are taking care of their land at the highest levels!
Feral Swine and You
Feral pigs came to the region over a decade ago now, and continue to spread and make their presence known over a wider area. Fortunately, the state legislature was determined to stop the spread and implemented a simple solution: If you find, spot or learn of feral swine on your property, you are obligated to file a plan on how you plan to eliminate them.
Contact the Fish and Wildlife office, your local trapper or your SWCD office or call the state terrestrial and invasive species coordinator Keith Kohl (503-947-6000) and file your management plan. There is no formal plan style but the state does offer some “guidelines.” Reporting must be made within 10 days of the initial knowledge of their presence. Failure to comply is a Class A Misdemeanor. The state has made it illegal to charge to hunt these animals designated as both wildlife and predators. That should eliminate the desire to import even more boars for fee hunting. But that means you cannot charge those hunters helping you on your private lands to eliminate the population.
Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District ® 302 Scott Street P.O. Box 405, Moro, OR 97039