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Josephine County - Information for Partners and Participants

One way to view the Rogue River and assured you will get wet.

One way to view the Rogue River and assured you will get wet.

Josephine County in located in the Southwestern part of Oregon State. It includes just over 1 million acres of land extending south to the border of California, West to Curry County, North to Douglas County, and East to Jackson County. Known for its steep rugged mountains and narrow river valleys, Josephine county is home to the Wild and Scenic Rogue and Illinois Rivers. Roughly ¾ of Josephine County is publicly owned, with a majority in forest land being managed for timber. Agricultural production is fairly limited in scope, but diverse in nature, with a growing interest in local food economies. The NRCS offices serving Josephine County, located in Medford and Roseburg, provide voluntary conservation technical and financial assistance to private land owners/operators interested in natural resource conservation improvements.


NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies

The NRCS local work group in Josephine County has identified forest health and water quality as the top natural resource areas of concern. Practices typically used to address water quality have included irrigation and grazing improvements. Forest health concerns include wildfire hazard, disease and pest infestations. NRCS is currently seeking partnership opportunities to identify conservation strategies and increase program participation.

Conservation Implementation Strategy


NRCS Programs Available

  • Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative:
    • A Program available to agricultural producers, designed to strengthen local and regional food markets and increase the use of sustainable conservation practices that will improve plant and soil quality, reduce nutrient and pesticide transport and reduce energy inputs.
  • EQIP Organic Initiative
    • Special EQIP funding is available to organic growers that are certified organic, transitioning organic or those who make under $5,000 of gross organic product farm sales.
  • EQIP Energy Initiative:
    • Assist producers to conserve energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):
    • Encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land. The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land operated.
  • Soils Information and the Soil Survey Program:
    • Soils related information including soil survey maps and reports.
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP):
    • Administered by the Farms Service Agency (FSA), it is a program that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water.

Additional Conservation Resources Available

  • Josephine County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Williams Creek Watershed Council
  • Illinois Valley Watershed Council
  • Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council
  • Josephine County Integrated Fire Planning Network
  • Stream Restoration Alliance of the Middle Rogue
  • Rogue Basin Coordinating Council
  • Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • OSU Extension Service
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish & Wildlife - Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program


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.

For meeting information, please click here.

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For Additional Assistance Contact

Medford Service Center
573 Parsons Drive, Suite 102
Medford Oregon 97501

NRCS District Conservationist:  David Chain, (541) 673-6071

Alpaca farm in the Illinois Valley and owned by John and Christine Gardiner produces top quality fiber

Alpaca farm in the Illinois Valley and owned by John and Christine Gardiner produces top quality fiber.
Hiking the Rogue River near Hell gate Canyon.

Hiking the Rogue River near Hell gate Canyon.