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Douglas County - Information for Partners and Participants
Restoration of the declining oak habitat found throughout Douglas County.
Douglas County is in the southwest part of Oregon in the Umpqua River valley and stretches from the Crater Lake in the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean at Reedsport. Historically, Douglas County's economy has been based on timber and agriculture. Agriculture is important because of the fertile soil and moderate climate that exists in the Umpqua Valley, making this valley one of the most productive timber and grazing areas in the nation. Agricultural covers much of the valley floor and extended in to the foothills with timber production in the foothills and the Cascade and Coast Range mountains. Timber production, livestock production and viticulture occur on the highly productive agricultural soils.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
The NRCS and Local Work Group have identified forest health and invasive plant species on grazing lands as the priority resource concerns. Forest health concerns include declining oak woodland/savanna habitat and wildfire hazard. Pasture management concerns include invasive brush species control, need for improved livestock water systems and cross fencing.
The NRCS works cooperatively with a variety of partners including:
Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District
Umpqua Soil and Water Conservation District
Partners for the Umpqua Watershed Council
Elk Creek Watershed Council
Smith River Watershed Council
USDA Farm Service Agency
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
U S Fish and Wildlife
Local Work Group Updates
The Local working group is a collaborative group of agencies and organizations working on conservation in the region. They assemble annually to share information and provide input and suggestions to the development of strategies and programs in the county. Please contact the district conservationist if you would like to participate or be included in information sharing.
Sherril Wells used to start feeding hay to his livestock in August each year. Now, thanks to a rotational grazing system he put in place with assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the cattle and sheep are able to feed on his pastures’ standing grass until October. More...
The waters of Pollock Creek empty into Calapooya Creek and flow through the Umpqua to Winchester Bay on the southern Oregon coast. The course runs through an array of forest, pasture, native prairie and savannah lands. Numerous wildlife species use these areas, including coho, steelhead, Chinook, and lamprey, as well as an abundance of birds and mammals including white tail deer. While small, Pollock Creek is an important vein feeding the interdependent processes vital to the health of this complex system. More...