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District Programs

Landowner Assistance Program

Program overview: The Program focuses on developing partnerships with area landowners to develop and implement Best Management Practices. The IVSWCD offers and provides site-assessments and referrals with partnering conservation agencies. When feasible, IVSWCD coordinates identifying and securing funding mechanisms to fund on-the-ground conservation practices.

 

Riparian Enhancement Program

Program overview: The District is focused on cooperating with landowners to identify areas of erosion contributing to excessive sediment in the Illinois River Basin, lack of riparian vegetation to provide adequate shade to decrease stream temperatures, potential for development of Bio-swales in the watershed for storm water run-off, wetland area improvements and mitigating invasive plant species. Working in cooperation with partnering agencies such as ODFW, OWEB, ODA, BLM, USFS, the District provides the technical assistance and education to landowners for restoration project implementation.

 

Equine Mud Management Program

Program overview: The District’s Healthy Horse Workshop is an annual event, which facilitates outreach into the horse owner community. Horse enthusiasts who attend this event are educated on the equine impacts on Illinois Valley natural resources.  The objective of hosting this event is equine mud mitigation.  Successful manure and mud management projects have occurred within the District through availability of small grants.  By showcasing the before-and-after conditions, sighting the reduction of run-off into streams and the benefits to the horses hooves and overall health, there is potential for further participation in the Healthy Horse Program.

 

Water Quality Improvement Program

Program overview: Illinois Valley SWCD, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and other natural resource partners, implements agricultural water quality improvement projects in the Middle Deer Creek Focus Area. The District provides technical assistance to Agricultural Producers to achieve water quality standards by preventing and controlling water pollution, i.e.,  sediment and runoff, and improving streamside vegetation health. The means used to achieve these goals include providing education and resources to address inefficient irrigation systems; riparian area plantings and small scale bank stabilization efforts.

 

Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation Program

Program overview: An ongoing education initiative, this program provides educational opportunities for Cannabis growers to learn sustainable growing techniques. This program covers topics such as: soil ecology, water conservation and irrigation, organic pest control, water law, cover crops, and more.  A partnership between the Illinois Valley SWCD and the Cave Junction Farmers Market, local growers can attend lecture series, workshops, and tours of successful sustainable farms.

 

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