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Lane County (East) - Information for Partners and Participants

Lane County is in the west-central part of Oregon at the southern end of the Willamette Valley and stretches from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Historically, Lane 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 Willamette Valley, making this valley one of the most productive farming 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 Cost Range mountains. A wide variety of commodities are grown in the highly productive agricultural soils. Major crops include grass seed, small grains, fruit and nut orchards, row crops, hay, cattle sheep nursery products, wine grapes, Christmas trees and dairy products.

NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies

The NRCS and Local Work Group have identified water quality (both surface and groundwater), forest health and degraded soil and water quality on small acreages as the priority resource concerns. Water quality is impaired due to sediment nutrients and pesticides. Forest health concerns include wildfire hazard, insects and disease and declining oak woodland/savanna habitat. Small acreage soil and water degradation is due to improper pasture management, soil compaction and runoff from headquarters and livestock wintering areas and inadequate manure storage.

Conservation Implementation Strategy

NRCS Programs Available

Additional Conservation Resources Available

The NRC works cooperatively with a variety of partners including:

  • Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Cost Fork Willamette Watershed Council
  • Long Tom Watershed Council
  • McKenzie Watershed Council
  • Middle Fork Watershed Council
  • Siuslaw Watershed Council
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Local Work Group Updates

The Lane County Local Work Group meets to discuss natural resource priorities and provide input to NRCS on conservation programs.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.

For meeting information, please click here.

Success Stories

John Deck

Conservation Programs Improve Soil and Water on Organic Farm

Junction City, Ore.—Organic farming is a passion for John and Christine Deck. The 320-acre Deck Family Farm lies nestled in the rolling hills west of Junction City, Oregon. It includes stretches of tranquil creeks, green pastures with grazing livestock, and expanses of luscious woodlands. More (HTML...)

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Key Words: Organic EQIP, CREP, riparian area enhancement, water quality, Upper Willamette Basin

Curt McKinney

Eugene Forest Benefits from Conservation Practices

Curt McKinney is a consulting forester who manages thousands of acres of private forestland around the Eugene, Oregon area. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is just one of the many tools in his toolbox that has helped him improve forest health, increase production, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire both on and off the land he manages. More (HTML)...

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Key Words: EQIP, forest management, Upper Willamette Basin

Forest canopy on Petersen Ranch

Lane County Landowner Subscribes to NRCS's Healthy Forest Reserve Program

My mother’s side of the family has been in this area since the late 1880’s; my dad’s side purchased the ranch in the 1940’s — so this is a long-term relationship with the land,” said Andy Petersen, owner of Petersen Ranch, LLC. “We realize we are simply stewards of the land. It is ours for this period of time; we want to take as good of care of it as we can to pass it on in better condition than when we found it. I think the HFRP program is a good way for us to do that.”  More (HTML)...

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Key Words: HFRP, forest management, wildlife management, Upper Willamette Basin


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For Additional Assistance Contact

Eugene Service Center
780 Bailey Hill Road, Suite 5
Eugene, Oregon 97402

Lane County NRCS District Conservationist:  Tom Burnham, (541) 465-6443
Upper Willamette SWCD: (541) 465-5443