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.

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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. Sign up or edit your contact preferences by clicking here or contact Carly at carly@ucdwa.org (we won’t share your information!).  You can always view our most recent newsletter by clicking the link under “View Our Newsletters” at the top of the page.

 

UCD News and Announcements

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Little Wind Restoration Volunteer Planting Event — Saturday, Nov. 1st

Adult Chinook salmon were seen spawning in the newly constructed gravels of our restoration site just yesterday! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to see successful stream restoration in action!

With the instream work for Phase 3 of the Little Wind River Restoration complete, it’s time to plant. Join UCD for a morning along the banks planting native trees and shrubs on Saturday, November 1st, from 9am to noon.  Contact Dan Richardson at (509) 493-1936 or dan@ucdwa.org for more information and to RSVP.

 

Future of the lower White Salmon River — Saturday, Nov. 15th

Lower White Salmon River Fish Habitat Conservation Approach                                       Presented by Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

Earlier this year, community members provided input on a draft vision, goals and geographic focus areas for fish habitat conservation in the lower White Salmon River.  Now Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is holding a public meeting to share the draft Fish Habitat Conservation Approach and gain your feedback.

During the meeting, you will:

  • Hear a project update
  • Provide feedback on the draft vision, goals and focus areas
  • Give input on key actions needed to meet lower White Salmon River goals for fish habitat conservation

Saturday, November 15th, 9am-11am at the Husum Fire Hall, 110 Main Street, Husum, WA.  For more information visit Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group’s website at www.midcolumbiarfeg.com or email Margaret Neuman at fish@midcolumbiarfeg.com.

 

Cost Share Opportunities

NEW!  Beetle-Killed and -Stressed Tree Assistance Program

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)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides assistance to landowners and agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

With EQIP, NRCS provides funding and expertise for measures to protect natural resources while ensuring sustainable production on farms, ranches and working forest lands.
To apply for EQIP, please submit an application by November 21st 2014 to your local USDA service center.

For more information about EQIP and other services and programs provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) contact your local USDA Service Center.

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 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? 

 

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.