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?
Soil Health and Erosion
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. 

Livestock Management
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)
NRCS Porgrams

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!

Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District ®  302 Scott Street P.O. Box 405, Moro, OR  97039