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 Announces Call for Bids – Cannavina Fish Passage Project

This is a public works, instream fish passage improvement project in Skamania County, Washington.  Bids are due June 18, 3:00 PM.  A mandatory pre-bid site tour is Thursday, June 4, 1:00 PM.  Bid documents are available for viewing here, however, to be eligible for bidding, contractors must purchase a hard copy of the bid package at UCD for $30.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for links to other great events sponsored by our partner organizations, wildlife and district photos, conservation news, and much more!

Visit our Workshops & Events page for information on past events, including links to presentations and contact information for presenters.

 

Mobile Chipping Service Available for Skamania County Residents–Limited Time Only!

Underwood Conservation District is offering free chipping services to residents working to improve defensible space in Skamania County, Washington. Residents wishing to take advantage of this service should call (509) 493-1936.  Please visit our Mobile Chipper Program Page on this website 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.

 

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 April 30, 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.