Grants and Technical Assistance
Click here to find out more about the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Agency's new forest diversity initiative. In this 2017 program, NRCS will offer technical and financial assistance to private non-industrial forest landowners and producers in the Luckiamute Watershed within Polk County.
OWEB small grants award up to $10,000 quarterly for on-the-ground projects that work to improve the productivity and efficiency of grazing systems, animal waste management, erosion control, forest management practices, irrigation, streamside vegetation, rainwater collection, plant or animal pest management, and much more! Click here to find out more.
Watershed Health Resources
What is a Soil and Water Conservation District?
Across the USA, nearly 3,000 soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) are helping local people conserve land, water, forests, wildlife, and related natural resources.
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District
The Polk SWCD was organized in April 1966 and is divided into 5 zones. The 7 locally elected volunteers representing the 5 zones and 2 at-large positions are landowners' liaisons to federal and state agencies that help to accomplish natural resource related goals.
Download the pdf here to learn more about the resources, services, educational opportunities and more provided by Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
The Benton SWCD was organized in December 1956 and is divided into five geographic zones. Led by seven elected volunteer directors who represent the five zones and two at-large positions, the Benton SWCD provides leadership at the local level. They help landowners and cooperators design and implement management plans to protect natural resources.
Download the pdf here to discover what the Benton SWCD can offer you in terms of resources, technical assistance, educational opportunities and more.
Working together to protect our natural resources.
This 2-page publication provided by the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District answers the questions:
Download the pdf here and learn more about how riparian plants reduce stream bank and soil erosion, provide shade for fish and other aquatic life, and provide bank stability and wildlife habitat.
High Priority Invasive Species in Your Area
This 2-page brochure from Benton Soil and Water Conservation District will help you recognize the invaders that may be lurking in your backyard.
Download the pdf here and learn how to recognize some of the noxious weeds that are threatening the health of our watershed ecosystems.
What is Knotweed and Why be Concerned About it?
Knotweed is fast growing and extremely aggressive. It invades river and creek banks, permanently displaces native vegetation, destroys critical fish and wildlife habitat, and reduces recreational opportunities.
Within a few years, it will be virtually impossible to control knotweed, so please ACT NOW by educating yourself.
Download the pdf here to learn more from the Nature Conservancy about how to help save Pacific Northwest rivers from knotweed— the destroyer of watersheds.
About the Luckiamute Watershed Council
The Luckiamute Watershed Council (LWC) is a volunteer, non-governmental, advisory group composed of stakeholders living or working in the Luckiamute River and Ash Creek watersheds. The LWC sponsors a variety of ecological restoration projects, monitoring studies, and educational activities for students and watershed residents such as:
Download the pdf here to learn more about how you can get involved with LWC to protect 234,000 acres of YOUR watershed, including 1,100 miles of mapped streams and rivers.