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Clatsop County - Information for Partners and Participants

Pastures along the Young’s River....Photo credit: Jesse Jones


Herd of Elk Grazing through Clatsop Plain

Herd of Elk Grazing through Clatsop Plain.

Established in 1844, Clatsop County has a total of 1,085 square miles (529, 280 acres). Approximately 98% of the county is forested and used primarily for timber production. 70% of the county is private forestland, 30% of the county is public (state/federal). Of the 70% private forestland: 78% is under industrial forest ownership and 22% of the county is private non-industrial forest with a variety of property sizes (1-1,300 acres). The remaining 2% of Clatsop County contains all other land uses including: urban areas, industrial area, and pastureland, hay land, crop and wildlife lands. The NRCS office located in Astoria (above the Post Office), offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource conservation improvements on livestock, crop, hay, wildlife, forestry and organic fields.

NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies

The NRCS Clastop County Local Work Group has identified 3 top natural resource areas of concern within the county:

  1. Loss and Degraded Riparian Habitat (main rivers and off Channels)
    Locations: Lewis & Clark, Skipanon, Necanicum Rivers
  2. Disconnected Flood plains leading to flooding
    Locations: Skipanon and Necanicum River, Nicolai-Wickiup Watershed
  3. Erosion and invasive species on pastureland resulting in poor plant productivity
    Locations: Along Lewis & Clark, Skipanon, and Young’s River

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Conservation Implementation Strategy

NRCS Programs Available

Additional Conservation Resources Available

Local Work Group Updates

If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.

For meeting information, please click here.

Success Stories

Scotch Broom
Bringing back the butterflies: Habitat being prepared for the return of the Oregon Silverspot

Gearhart, Ore. – The Clatsop Plains on the Oregon coast is normally a place of quiet solitude pierced occasionally by the shrill sound of a Western seagull. On this volunteer work day, there are also the sounds of clippers and hand saws, as a small army of habitat advocates works to reclaim the dunes of the Clatsop Plains from a sea of Scotch broom, so the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly can be reintroduced and flourish. More (HTML)...

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Key Words: EQIP, Wildlife Habitat Restoration, Oregon Silverspot, North Coast Basin

South Fork Klaskanine River

Cooperation Leads to Solutions for Wild Fish
A small, dedicated group of local citizens, county employees, and conservationists came together along the banks of Oregon’s South Fork Klaskanine River this fall to celebrate completion of a fish passage project that could never have happened without the unique contributions of each.  More...

Key Words:  WHIP, salmon habitat, dam removal, cooperative conservation, North Coast Basin

For Additional Assistance Contact

750 Commercial Street, Room 207
Astoria, OR 9710

District Conservationist:  Tria Yang, (503) 867-1944
Clatsop County SWCD, (503) 325-4571

Forest Land Owner Mike Sasso planted trees through the EQIP Program

Forest Land Owner Mike Sasso planted trees through the EQIP Program.

North Farm-Organic Farm in Clatsop County

North Farm-Organic Farm in Clatsop County.