Welcome to UCD

Underwood Conservation District (UCD) helps landowners and land managers enhance and protect natural resources on a voluntary basis.  This can include assistance such as conservation planning with attention to forest planting and thinning, water and soil protection, wildlife habitat improvement, wildfire risk reduction (Firewise) and much more. UCD can also help arrange for cost sharing assistance in implementing projects that improve or protect natural resources.  Like other conservation districts, UCD is a not-for-profit, non-regulatory agency, available to assist landowners in natural resource conservation.

This website undergoes occasional updates and improvements.  Thanks in advance for your patience if you find any glitches or can’t find what you’re looking for. If you need additional information, please don’t hesitate to call our office and speak with someone on staff: (509) 493-1936.

 

UCD News and Announcements

Upcoming Workshops

Backyard Biodiversity — Oct. 29th

Do you have an interest in planting habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects?  Or do you need a living fence or windbreak on your property?  UCD will be hosting a free, informational workshop on this topic on Wednesday, October 29th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at the White Salmon Library.  You will learn about interesting bugs to be aware of, native plants that provide important insect habitat, and specific considerations to include in your planning for hedgerows, living fences, windbreaks, and other native plantings.  Contact UCD for more information and to RSVP at (509) 493-1936.

Bark Beetle and Pine Tree Health Workshop — Oct 30th

A group of professional foresters and entemologists will be presenting information about the five-spinned ips beetle outbreak in the Gorge on Thursday, October 30th from 6:30-8:30pm at the White Salmon Library. Presenters will share updates on the current outbreak and management recommendations for landowners with affected Ponderosa pine trees.  UCD is cohosting the event with WSU Extension.  Click here for more information, contact Todd Murray (509) 427-3931 or tmurray@wsu.edu.

UCD is also unrolling a limited-time service to assist with treating and removing Ips-killed pine trees.  Please contact our office at (509) 493-1936 for more information.

 

Cost Share Opportunities

Firewise Incentive Program currently accepting applications

The Firewise Incentive Program (FIP) assists Skamania County landowners in reducing the risk of wildfire on private property by providing technical and financial assistance to residents. The program focuses on conducting fuels reduction treatments within the home ignition zone (200 ft around a wooded or rural home). Eligible practices include thinning, brush removal, pruning, slash disposal, and hazard tree removal.  Please visit our FIP webpage for more information.

Interested homeowners should call our office at 509-493-1906, or email Jan or Dan to schedule a free wildfire home hazard assessment, the first step in the FIP program.

Conservation Practice Cost-Share Program now accepting applications

Do you have a conservation project in mind for your property?  Would it benefit water quality, wildlife habitat, or other natural resources?  If so, Underwood Conservation District may be able to help you find funding for your project. UCD is currently seeking landowners with thoughtful stewardship project ideas and preliminary plans.  See our Cost Share Program Flyer or visit our Cost Share webpage for more information.

Other News

Conservation District Annual Report – Available Now 

Conservation Districts across Washington State are doing amazing things for our natural resources.  If you’d like to read more about the good work being done, please read our 2013 statewide Annual Report!  It’s available at this link.  The one-page report on UCD’s local accomplishments can be found on page 56 of the report.

UCD’s newly-updated Annual Work Plan can be downloaded and read by clicking here.  If you have input about the natural resource needs of the district and what UCD should be working on, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Be a part of the conversation!  Send an email to info@ucdwa.org, answering this question: What could UCD do to support or enhance natural resources in Skamania and western Klickitat Counties? 

Sign-up for Underwood Conservation District’s E-Newsletter

Stay in the know about upcoming workshops and events as well as news items for farmers, orchardists and forestland owners. Also, learn about conservation-oriented grant programs and UCD’s native plant sale through UCD’s e-newsletter. Click the “View Our Newsletter” link to the right, and sign up or edit your contact preferences by clicking here or contact Carly at carly@ucdwa.org (we won’t share your information).