Morrow County - Information for Partners and Participants
NRCS Oregon is accepting applications for Drought Mitigation in EQIP -- application cutoff date is June 17, 2016.
Sunset Winter Wheat: Morrow County ranked #3 in the state for all gross farm and ranch sales in 2010. #2 for small grains.
Morrow County is approximately 2,049 square miles, or 1,311,360 acres. There are 1,085,129 acres of private land, with 369,790 acres of dry cropland, 86,400 acres of irrigated crops, 562,550 acres of rangeland, and 66,389 of non-industrial private forestland. About 226,231 acres are public; mainly Forest Service land and Department of Defense acres in the Boardman Bombing Range. The NRCS office, located in Heppner, offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource conservation improvements. Historically, the NRCS has focused on rangeland and dryland/irrigated cropland improvements, and more recently has started working on forest health improvements on private land.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
CCPI- Heppner-Lexington Conservation Pipeline, Mule Deer Initiative, Upper Rock Creek Watershed Juniper Management, Lower Willow Creek Weed Management, AFO/CAFO, Management of the Public-Private Forestland Interface.
NRCS Programs Available
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):
- Funding for rangeland rehabilitation including weed control and revegetation, prescribed grazing, fencing and offsite water development, riparian area management and juniper removal prioritized. in the ODFW Mule Deer Initiative areas (Heppner Wildlife Management Unit).
- Heppner-Lexington Conservation Pipeline- funding will provide gravity fed irrigation water to nearly 1,500 acres of cropland on 10 farms along Willow Creek.
- Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):
- Funding for conservation stewardship and additional enhancements.
Additional Conservation Resources Available
- Pheasants Forever
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation
- Farm Service Agency
- State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Umatilla Basin Watershed Council
- United States Forest Service
- Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation
- Mule Deer Foundation
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- County Weed Board
- County Weed Department
- Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District
- Oregon Department of Forestry
Local Work Group Updates
The Morrow County Local Work Group works to discuss natural resource concerns and mitigation strategies. Major concerns consist of noxious weeds on rangeland, poor quality CRP for wildlife, forest health, and expiring CRP.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.
For meeting information, please click here.
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For Additional Assistance Contact
Morrow Service Center
430 Linden Way
Heppner, OR 97836
NRCS District Conservationist: Kacee Lathrop (541) 676-5021 x113
Morrow SWCD: (541) 676-5452 x109
Cattle w/ creek and irrigated pasture: Four major perennial streams run through Morrow County providing irrigation, livestock water and wildlife habitat. 45% of the county is comprised of pasture and rangelands utilized by livestock growers.
Sheep with Windmills: Morrow County residents continue to struggle the balance between the potential economic boon provided by renewable energy with the preservation of rural ideals.