Monthly Archives: July 2012

Program Analyst Position Open in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Program is seeking an SWCD Program Analyst to provide leadership and support to Oregon’s 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

JOB OPENING – Soil and Water Conservation District Program (Program Analyst 3)
Location – Salem, OR
Full Time, Permanent Position

Duties Overview:
* Provides programmatic support to the Soil and Water Conservation Commission
* Provide assistance to SWCD Directors and staff regarding SWCD operations
* Develop and provide training to SWCD Directors and staff regarding successful SWCD operations and federal and state regulation compliance
* Provide support to the ODA Agriculture Water Quality Management Program and other state and federal natural resources agencies.

TO APPLY: Click here – Program Analyst 3

Application deadline: August 10, 2012

CONTACT for more information:

John Byers – Program Manager
Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Smoke Management
Shellfish Plat Leasing Program
Natural Resources Division
Oregon Department of Agriculture
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-2540
(503) 986-4718

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Funding Available for Wetlands Protection and Restoration From USDA

Private landowners interested in enhancing, restoring or protecting their wetlands have a second chance to apply for 2012 funding from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho. Applications for 2012 Wetlands Reserve Program funding must be received by July 27, 2012.

“Wetlands play a critical role in improving our environment – they filter out pollutants from our water, prevent floods, and control erosion,” said Wade Brown, Idaho NRCS easement coordinator. “This program provides incentives to farmers and ranchers to return farmlands that were previously wetlands back to their original wetland state.”

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program that compensates farmers, ranchers and other private landowners for placing former wetlands into conservation easements. It also provides cost-share funding for restoring and enhancing wetlands. Landowners participating in this program retain the title to the land, and the right to control access and recreational use. The land remains on the tax rolls.

WRP includes permanent easements, 30-year easements, and a restoration cost-share agreement option. NRCS provides easement payments, restoration cost-share assistance, and technical guidance.

For more information on the Wetlands Reserve Program, contact your local NRCS office or visit http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/index.html.

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IASCD Comments on Governor Otter’s Draft Sage-Grouse Plan

Today, the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts sent a letter to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to comment on his federal alternative plan for greater sage-grouse management in Idaho.  Governor Otter submitted the plan to the US Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture for incorporation into the National Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Planning Strategy of the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS).  The draft plan requested comments on three specific and outstanding issues noted in the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Task Force final recommendations.  IASCD commented on the third issue, “What is the best approach for incentivizing landowners to continue maintaining and improving sage-grouse populations and habitats, especially in the CHZ (critical habitat zone)?”

“Our state’s soil conservation districts are the primary entities for the protection, sustainment, and enhancement of our natural resources,” Kit Tillotson, IASCD President said.  “They work with willing land owners to install conservation practices on private land.  We feel strongly that the best approach to incentivize landowners to continue maintain and improving sage grouse populations and habitats is through the soil and water conservation districts.”

The Board wrote, “We know the soil conservation districts in the impacted areas can play a vital role in this draft, or a final plan. Districts are proven, responsible government entities and empower Idahoans to voluntarily build or use conservation projects on private land. Therefore, we feel the best approach to land owners who wish to continue maintain and improve sage-grouse populations and habitats are through districts.”

To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.

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June/July 2012 eNewsletter Has Been Posted!

Happy Independence Day! We just posted our latest eNewsletter on our website. Click here to read it, and enjoy your holiday!

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