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NRCS Announces New Initiatives!

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now offering three new initiatives aimed to help producers conserve energy, extend the growing season, and assist organic production. All three initiatives are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications are accepted on a continuous basis with three cutoff dates for ranking applications: Feb. 3, March 30, and June 1, 2012. For additional information regarding these initiatives, visit the Oregon NRCS website at: or follow this link to a press release on the programs. If you have an interest in applying for these or any NRCS programs, one of the first steps you must take is to be sure that your eligibility paperwork is up to date with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Redmond, Oregon 625 SE Salmon Avenue #6 ~ Redmond, OR. If you are uncertain, please contact FSA at 541-923-4358 X 105. It is also a good idea to contact Tom Bennett in the Redmond NRCS Service Center (541-9204358 X 123 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to apply for these programs and after submitting all of your paperwork to FSA to verify your eligibility. Otherwise you may miss out on these funding opportunities!

Jefferson County SWCD 2011 – 2012 OWEB Small Grant Program is here!

Funding for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is generated through Oregon lottery dollars and is a voluntary program that works with your framework and objectives to enhance and preserve natural resources on your property. Some of the goals for maximizing resource potential include: Instream process and function to improve instream habitat; Fish Passage to remove irrigation or push up dams, remove or replace culverts; Wetland Process and Function to manage nutrient and sediment inputs via fencing out livestock, alternative watering sites, managing vegetation i.e. controlling weeds; Riparian Process and Function to manage grazing, planting or seeding native riparian species; Upland Process to install sediment basins, develop filter strips, water guzzlers for wildlife and Water Quantity and Irrigation Efficienty to recharge groundwater including pipe and existing ditch, install drip or sprinkler skystems, install automated soil moisture sensors and recovering or eliminating tail water. For more information contact the District at 541-923-4358 X 101.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Planner Available Tri – County (Jefferson, Deschutes & Crook)

Do you have a stream in need of restoration? The CREP could be your answer. CREP provides a cost effective way for landowners to restore and enhance riparian vegetation along stream sides. The CREP is an arm of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and contracts with landowners for a period of 10-15 years for the purpose of restoring streams and riparian areas to natural conditions. By doing so, water quality, soil erosion, stream bank stability and fish and wildlife habitat can all be enhanced. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers cost share for implementing conservation practices such as fencing, weed control, and planting along streams. They also offer incentive payments and rental payments for the term of the contract to make sure your restoration project is economically feasible. If you are interested in applying for CREP, please contact Karin Wessman, Tri County CREP Planner at 541-923-4358 X 139 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 Noxious Weed of the Month: SPOTTED KNAPWEED

Spotted Knapweed is a biennial that produces up to 25,000 seeds that may remain in the soil for up to 8 years. It is a native plant of Europe and was brought to North America in the 1800's. Mature plants may grow to 3 feet in height. Flowering heads are pink to purple and appear from midsummer to fall. Spotted Knapweed produces a natural herbicide called "catechin" that eradicates plants around it. Early detection and rapid response are key elements in eradicating Spotted Knapweed. This noxious weed can be found in rangelands, dry meadows, pastures, upland rocky areas, roadsides and sandy or gravelly flooded plains of streams and rivers. For more information check out or contact the District for more information on how to control this invasive weed.


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