Welcome to UCD!

Underwood Conservation District (UCD) helps landowners and land managers enhance and protect natural resources on a voluntary basis.  We can provide assistance in areas such as conservation planning, 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.

UCD News and Announcements

UCD’s Annual Native Plant Sale has begun!

UCD is excited to announce that our annual plant sale is underway!  Our native plant sale is one way UCD encourages the restoration of natural habitats and promotes native species. We hope to provide a convenient, low-cost way for property owners in Skamania and western Klickitat Counties to obtain these trees and shrubs.

UCD is currently accepting orders for native conifer, hardwood and shrub seedlings and will do so until March 2, 2015.  All orders will be available for pick-up on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the White Salmon area.  (There is a possibility of an additional pick up site in western Skamania County, if there is sufficient customer demand. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.)

New this year, we are offering on-line ordering through our website!  Fast, simple, and secure; order online with your debit or credit card.  Visit our online shop for full plant offerings, descriptions, and photos.

Plants are ordered in bundles of ten plants of the same species.  We also have mixed habitat bundles available, containing 2 each of 5 different species, specially selected for your upland or streamside, East or West locations.  And as in past years, large-quantity discounts are available for all of our conifer species.  Don’t forget to check out our native seed mixes!  Back by popular demand this year, we are offering two seed mixes — native meadow grasses and a mix of pollinator-friendly grass and flower species— both are available in several quantities.

UCD’s plant sale includes a variety of species for all your planting needs.  We have beautiful flowering shrubs that will attract beneficial insects to your garden; fire- and drought-resistant species; large trees that provide shade year round to your home or creek; and hardwoods to bring vibrant colors each fall. Planting native trees and shrubs serves a number of purposes including reforestation, improving bird or wildlife habitat, and stream enhancement – all while adding beauty and color, and improving property values.

New this year, we are offering on-line ordering through our website.  If you prefer to order in person, or if you need to pay by check, please call or stop by our office.

Choose from two different ordering options:

ON-LINE: Click here to  be directed to our on-line shop.  Fill a “shopping cart” and pay!  This is the quickest and easiest way to go.

PHONE or IN PERSON: Call us at 509-493-1936, or stop by the UCD office in the Park Center Bldg. at 170 NW Lincoln in White Salmon to talk with us about your planting ideas or receive a price list.  When you are ready to order and pay for your plants, call or come back into the office.  We will enter your order online and process your payment (debit or credit card preferred).  Your order will not be final until we receive your payment.

Quantities are limited and some species always sell out, so please order early for the best selection!

 

Upcoming Workshops & Events

UCD Elected Board Supervisor Position:

Incumbent Joyce Eastwick has been re-elected by reason of being the only person filing for the position.  No poll site, mail, or absentee balloting will be performed.

Board candidates are registered voters who reside within UCD and may be required to be landowners or operators of a farm depending on the current composition of the Board. The filing deadline for candidates is 12:00 noon, January 20, 2015. Board Supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and who set policy and direction for UCD.
Further information and updates about this election will be published on this website.  View the 2015 Election Resolution Notice.

 

UCD Appointed Board Supervisor Position:

A board seat on the Underwood Conservation District is available for appointment by the Washington State Conservation Commission.  Conservation district board supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the conservation district.  An applicant must be a registered voter in Washington State, and may be required to own land or operate a farm.  Applicants for appointed positions do not have to live within the district to apply.  For more information or to obtain an application form, please contact the Underwood Conservation District or visit the Conservation Commission website at http://www.scc.wa.gov/.  Applications and supporting materials must be received by the Commission no later than March 31, 2015.

 

Cost Share Opportunities

Beetle-Killed and -Stressed Tree Assistance Program–Call before the end of January!

UCD is unrolling a limited-time service to assist with removing Ips-killed pine trees.  If you have a Ponderosa or Western White Pine on your property that you suspect is dead or dying due to the beetle and it has the potential to fall on a structure, roadway, or power line, please contact us to get on our Tree Felling Interest List.  Funding is limited for this first-come, first-served program, so don’t delay!

Download our Beetle Killed and Stressed Tree Assistance Program Fact Sheet for more information, or call us at (509) 493-1936.

 

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.

 

Additional opportunities available from the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering a free conservation plan on private land in Washington State through the Voluntary Natural Resources Conservation Plan sign-up.

A conservation plan is a resource management system-level plan for all land-use and natural resource concerns – including soil, water, air, plants, animals, humans and energy – associated with a farm, ranch, forest, shellfish, or aquaculture operation. In order to qualify for the sign-up, all contiguous tracts must be included in the plan and all the land must be within Washington State.

Benefits of a conservation plan include identification of immediate or potential resource problems that could harm production. Conservation plans also help landowners and operators comply with environmental regulations and may help landowners and operators access various USDA and other voluntary conservation programs.

The sign-up will be open from January 6 through March 20, 2015. Producers can apply at their local NRCS field offices (see below).  For more information, visit the NRCS Washington website at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wa/technical/cp/ .

In Skamania County, Anitra Gorham in the Brush Prairie Service Center is available to assist producers one-on-one with their applications for 2015.  Please contact her at: (360) 883-1987 x 108, or stop by the local USDA Service Center at 11104 NE 149th St, Ste 400 in Brush Prairie, WA.

In Klickitat County, please contact Sergio Paredes or Konrad Bomberger at (509) 773-5822, or stop by the local USDA Service Center at 1107 S. Columbus Ave in Goldendale, WA.

 

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  2014 Annual 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? 

 

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.