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

 

Early spring, early Arbor Day at UCD!

What a great way to start the weekend!  Underwood Conservation District is celebrating Arbor Day this Friday, March 27, by distributing free native tree seedlings. This year’s tree celebration will start at 9 a.m. and go until noon (or supplies run out).

Residents of the district can stop by one of two locations to receive up to 10 free seedlings. This is a first-come, first-served opportunity, while supplies last.

This year’s locations are:

UCD office in White Salmon (170 NW Lincoln St in the Park Center Building); or

Skamania County Chamber of Commerce (167 NW 2nd street) in downtown Stevenson

This is also a great time to have your questions about planting trees or other natural resource issues answered. Experienced staff members can provide tree-planting and maintenance instructions to help insure that your native tree seedling will grow up to become a tree that future generations will appreciate.

Planting a native tree or shrub can bring all kinds of benefits to your property and to your community. Trees help regulate climate and sequester carbon. They supply habitat for countless plants, animals and birds. Trees protect soil and prevent erosion and storm-water problems. In the summer they provide cool and shady retreats from hot summer sun. And, studies show that mature trees increase the value of neighborhood properties: Plant today, profit tomorrow.

 

 

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!

 “Get To Know Your Forest”

–a free workshop and optional forest tour
Saturday, April 4,  9-11am, optional forest tour; 12-4pm, workshop
Attend the tour, the workshop, or both. Lunch included!
What does it mean to be a good steward of a woodland?How does one manage a forest property so that it’s healthy or productive or good habitat – or all three? Those are big questions, and while no one has all the answers, we can help you start thinking about them and what steps to take to realize your vision.

Underwood Conservation District, in conjunction with Wasco County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, is hosting a “Get To Know Your Forest” workshop on Saturday, April 4, in the Husum, Wash., area. This will be a casual but informative “Forestry 101” afternoon. There will be presentations by professional foresters and ecologists on topics such as: How to develop a vision for your forest, reducing wildfire hazards, increasing wildlife habitat, and common pests and problems. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers about your property, and resources for following through on recommended next steps.

This free workshop will run from 12 to 4 p.m. and includes a boxed lunch. Additionally, there is an optional pre-workshop walk in the woods with knowledgeable forestry professionals in a casual, informative walking conversation about habitat, wildlife features, reducing wildfire hazards, etc.

There is a limit of 25 participants for both the tour and the workshop. (You can attend one or the other, or both.)  Reservations are required. For more information, directions and to RSVP, contact Jan or Dan at Underwood Conservation District. Phone: 509-493-1936 or email: jan@ucdwa.org.

Can’t make it that Saturday but still interested? There’s a second workshop on the same topic being held Thursday, April 16, at the Mosier Grange at 6pm. For information and to RSVP for that, contact Karen at WCSWCD (541-296-6178, or karen.lamson@or.nacdnet.net).

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 before May 1, 2015.  Please visit our Mobile Chipper Program Page on this website for more information.

 

UCD Board Supervisor Positions

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.

UCD Appointed Board Supervisor Position:

A position on the UCD board of supervisors is available for appointment by the WA State Conservation Commission. Board Supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and who set policy and direction for UCD. Applicants must be registered voters in WA state and may be required to be landowners or operators of a farm, depending on the current composition of the board. Application forms may be obtained from UCD at 509.493.1936 or the WA State Conservation Commission www.scc.wa.gov. Applications and supporting materials must be received by the WA State Conservation Commission by March 31, 2015.

 

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 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.