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Tillamook County - Information for Partners and Participants




Tillamook County is located on the northern Oregon coast. Natural resources of valuable forests, rivers and their estuaries, agriculture lands, and the Pacific Ocean are all found in the county. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners have been working to address resource concerns affecting the quality of our natural resources and the human environment. Through technical and financial assistance NRCS works with private landowners to address resource concerns on their land.

NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies

Conservation efforts in the County have included practices to improve Water Quality through proper Waste Utilization and Nutrient Management associated with agricultural operations. Recently practices addressing Air Quality have been piloted with some success. Future priorities include Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Fish and Wildlife Habitat and Forest Health.

Conservation Implementation Strategy

NRCS Programs Available

Additional Conservation Resources Available

  • Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Food Roots
  • Nestucca Watershed Council
  • Tillamook Bay Watershed Council
  • Lower Nehalem Watershed Council
  • Tillamook Estuary Partnership
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association (must be a member)
  • ODFW
  • ODA
  • ODF
  • OWEB
  • ODEQ 319 Program

Local Work Group Updates

The Tillamook County Local Work Group meeting was held in early September 2011 to discuss and prioritize resource concerns in Tillamook County. The Local Work Group (LWG) is made up the General Public, Agencies, Non-Government groups and other interested parties. The LWG provides the opportunity to help identify resource issues that can be addressed in the County. This group also provides recommendations to address and monitor in a quantifiable manner resource issues. The current recommendation include surface water quality, diversity in forests and air quality.

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

For meeting information, please click here.

Success Stories


Nutrient management improves forage, water quality on organic dairy

Keeping manure on the farm—and using it to increase production and profits—is important to organic farmers like Joe Price. Price operates a 300-acre organic dairy in Tillamook, Oregon called Price Dairy. Family-owned and operated for the last 14 years, he currently has about 400 milking cows and 350 dry cows and young stock.   More (HTML...)

Key Words:  EQIP, Organic, North Coast Basin
Andres Sanchez working with an NRCS planner

Conserving the Land and a Family's Dream

As a dairy worker, Andres Sanchez hoped to someday own and run his own operation. By 1998, he had built up a herd, bought a farm, and went into business for himself in the dairy producing region near Tillamook, Oregon. While this would constitute a happy ending for many, Sanchez was just getting started making his operation productive, efficient and sustainable. More...

Key Words:  EQIP, conservation planning, dairy operation, North Coast Basin
Brian Tallman photo

Dairy Operations That Benefit the Watershed

The River Meadow Dairy is nestled in a lush, forested valley along the Nehalem River’s North Fork. A number of native steelhead, Chinook and coho salmon—as well as elk, deer, wild turkey and a diversity of birds—make their home in this picturesque corner of northwest Oregon. Dairy owner-operator Brian Tallman truly sees that protecting this scenic and ecologically rich environment is his responsibility—and a big one. More...

Key Words:  EQIP, water quality improvements, conservation planning, dairy operation, North Coast Basin

For Additional Assistance Contact

Tillamook Service Center
4000 Blimp Blvd. Suite 200
Tillamook, OR 97141

NRCS District Conservationist: Mitch Cummings, (503) 842-2848 x107

Tillamook Forest, Farmland and Ocean resources

Tillamook Forest, Farmland and Ocean resources.


Milking herd

Milking herd.