Washington Association of Conservation Districts 2017 Annual Meeting
The Washington Association of Conservation Districts 2017 annual conference and meeting will be held at the Three River's Convention Center in Kennewick, WA on November 27-29. WACD members, District staff, friends, and other interested parties are welcome. For more information on lodging and the meeting agenda click here.
Asotin County Conservation District Weed Tour/Workshop and WSU Wheat Variety Trial Tour
Please join us Thursday June 22, 2017 at 8:30 am at Floch Hall on the Asotin County Fairgrounds. 4 WSDA pesticide re-certification credits are available. Lunch and refreshments will be provided! For more information click here.
To our 2017 Tour Sponsors - Thank you!!!
- Asotin County Cattlemen
- Bell Equipment Inc.
- Casey Scott
- Leading Edge Aviation
- Schurmans True Value Hardware
- Stonebraker McQuary
We received a generous donation from each of our sponsors.
Blue Mountain Agri-Support, Inc. ,
Casey and Gail Hagenah,
Happy Days Restaurants,
Helena Chemical Co. ,
Fuchs Flower and Garden Center,
Schurmans True Value Hardware,
Our annual meeting was a success because of their generosity, and kindness. Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves and the speakers. Thank you to all who donated, we hope to see you next year!
Projects in Asotin County Total Awarded: $176,000
Protecting the Shorelines of Asotin Creek
Grant Awarded: $90,000
The Asotin County Conservation District will use this grant to protect 3 miles of Asotin Creek shoreline from cattle. About 50 cattle use land on the north side of the creek for winter feeding and calving. In late spring, the cattle must wade through large, hazardous sections of the creek to get to a south side pasture. The conservation district will work with the landowner to develop alternative places for livestock watering, plant trees and shrubs along the shorelines, install fencing, and build a bridge for cattle to use. The landowner has agreed to enroll about 80 acres in the Natural Resource Conservation Service's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to establish a buffer along this stretch of Asotin Creek. The river is home to Snake River steelhead, spring and fall Chinook salmon, and Columbia River bull trout, all of which are listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Asotin County Conservation District will contribute $24,000 in a federal grant. Visit RCO's online Project Snapshot for more information and photographs of this project. (16-2092)
Tracking Fish and Habitat in Asotin Creek
Grant Awarded: $86,000
The Asotin County Conservation District will use this grant to support one year of ongoing monitoring in Asotin Creek. Asotin Creek and its tributaries are part of a lO-year intensively monitored watershed project that is planned through 2019. Scientists have been monitoring the creek to determine the effectiveness of logjams and if they will help restore habitat and fish populations in other watersheds. Funding by the Pacific State Marine Funding Commission has been reduced in 2016 and this grant will make up the difference. The conservation district will track juvenile steelhead using PIT (passive integrated transponder) tags and through recapture surveys. They also will monitor the habitat to see if it's improving in three tributaries: Charley, North Fork Asotin Creek, and South Fork Asotin Creek. These reaches of Asotin Creek are home to Snake River steelhead, which are listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act. All data will be made publicly available. The Asotin County Conservation District will contribute $25,000 in donations of labor and materials. Visit RCO's online Project Snapshot for more information and photographs of this project. (16-2101)