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
Final week of UCD’s Annual Native Plant Sale!
There are still some great shrub and tree species available, as well as our two seed mixes; a native meadow grass mix and a mix of pollinator-friendly grass and flower species.
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.
If you prefer to order in person or if you need to pay by check please call 509-493-1936 or stop by our office in White Salmon.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.