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Environmental Quality Incentives Program Announcement

We want to let you know about an exciting opportunity for farmers and forest owners. Our USDA partner, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program intended to address natural resource concerns such as water and air quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat, while ensuring sustainable production on farms, ranches, and working forest land.

We encourage anyone interested in applying to learn more about the program and application process here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wa/programs/financial/eqip/.

The deadline to submit your completed EQIP Application is 10/7/2021, and the deadline to submit all forms and information to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to determine eligibility is 11/4/2021.

Please contact the NRCS NW Team District Conservationist, Sarah Tanuvasa, at 360-428-7684 x3 or email sarah.tanuvasa@usda.gov for help with your EQIP application.

Orca Recovery Day is October 16th!

Join the Jefferson County Conservation District, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, and Jefferson Land Trust for a day of planting native shrubs at the Snow Creek Estuary Preserve!

Photo Credit: Dan Wells

Along with many others throughout the Pacific Northwest, you can play a part in helping the endangered Southern Resident orca whales that range from the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound) to Northern California. By planting native trees and shrubs along streams and rivers, you help improve water quality and salmon habitat. By helping salmon, you are helping orcas and all the life we value in the Pacific Northwest!

Event Details: Saturday, October 16th 10am-2pm at the Snow Creek Estuary Preserve. Space is limited. Please email outreach@nosc.org to register. Volunteers will need to bring water, clothing for rain or shine, and a sack lunch/snack.

https://betterground.org/in-your-community/events/ord/

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PRESS RELEASE

8/5/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FORESTLAND AERIAL HERBICIDE SPRAYING

The Jefferson County Conservation District will no longer assist Pope Resources, a forest products company, with the publication of a map and other information concerning the aerial spraying of herbicides as part of Pope Resource’s forest management practices.

Said Al Latham, Chairperson of the Jefferson County Conservation District Board or Supervisors, “Since the late 1980’s the Conservation District has broadened public notification of aerial spraying through an informal agreement that was negotiated with area commercial timberland managers.” By this agreement the Conservation District issued press releases, including a map showing the areas those companies were intending to spray with herbicides, and also listed the types of chemicals to be used along with the approximate dates of spraying.

According to Al Cairns, Conservation District Manager, after over 30 years that arrangement has ended. “Pope Resources has informed us that they will manage public notification themselves”, Cairns said.  “We did agree that the Conservation District would publish notice of this change and direct our residents to an area of the Pope Resources webpage which has all the information the Conservation District used to compile and publish.”

Information about aerial spraying, including maps of areas to be sprayed and the herbicides used, can be found at: https://www.popeneighbor2neighbor.com/.  Pope Resources will provide written notification to all landowners within 1,000 feet of aerial applications.

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Good fences make safer shellfish, healthy salmon

This article was written following a Livestock Watering for Managed Grazing workshop hosted by JCCD and co-sponsored by the Chimacum Grange on March 30, 2017.