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September 17, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, Klamath SWCD – Ryan Gallagher can hardly wait until next spring.

That’s when he expects to see a lush crop of grass carpeting some 600 acres of pasture where a dense stand of juniper trees formerly stood on the ranch he manages 30 miles east of Klamath Falls.

“This country can grow some really good grass,” Gallagher said Wednesday, Sept. 11, during a tour of the juniper clearing project recently completed by the Klamath Soil and Water Conservation District.

Members of the conservation district board of directors were joined by members of the public to study the project site. Several of those present exchanged stories of how juniper trees have covered broad landscapes that were once valuable rangeland over the past century.

Source: Project thins dense juniper stands, clears way for watershed | Local News | heraldandnews.com



July 30, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, Marion SWCD – After 60 days in the ground, not much remained of the white cotton underwear buried by Gayle Goschie at her family’s farm in Silverton, Ore.

Goschie, who grows 500 acres of hops and 150 acres of wine grapes in the Mid-Willamette Valley, was one of 10 female farmers who participated in the “Soil Your Undies” challenge organized by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Marion Soil & Water Conservation District.

The challenge is meant to demonstrate healthy soils in a uniquely visual way. Farmers “planted” a pair of oversized tighty-whities in early May, leaving tiny microbes and bacteria to break down the organic cotton over several months. The more tattered and threadbare the undies, the healthier the soil. Sure enough, when Goschie dug up the briefs from between the rows of hops vines, all that was left was the elastic band.

“I thought it would be a really great experiment,” Goschie said. “It tells me that the efforts we make to farm as conservatively as possible is working.”

Source: Tattered britches a good sign for soil health | Oregon | capitalpress.com



July 29, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, Calapooia Watershed Council – The Calapooia Watershed Council (CWC) seeks an energetic, passionate individual to serve as an Outdoor School (ODS) Coordinator. The Coordinator will work closely with teachers and school district employees to lead the Outdoor School programs for the Greater Albany and Central Linn School Districts.

The CWC developed the Watershed Education Program in 2013 and has been growing its capacity to serve the students in our service area. Current programs include Salmon Watch and Urban Ecology field trips for 5th graders, Outdoor School for 6th graders, snorkeling trips, and customizable programs for students of all ages. With the passage of Measure 99 “Outdoor School for All”, the CWC has expanded its ODS program to include all 6th grade students in Greater Albany and Central Linn School Districts.

To apply: Please read job description for details on submitting an application.

Deadline for applications is August 22nd, 2019.

All employment applications should be submitted with a cover letter to: operations@calapooia.org 


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