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Linn County - Information for Partners and Participants

Dairy cows in the priority area for the Livestock and CAFO Implementation Strategy.

Dairy cows in the priority area for the Livestock and CAFO Implementation Strategy.

Linn County is known for specialty crops, livestock operations, timber products, manufacturing, and recreation. It is 2292 square miles, bounded on the west by the Willamette River and on the east by the Cascades Mtns. The west half of the county has a temperate climate of cool wet winters and warm dry summers. Along the east boundary, annual snowfall provides runoff water for irrigation, recreation and fish habitat. The bottomland soils range from the Class 2 sandy loams on floodplains, to the Class 1 through 4 silt loams on terraces and the Class 4 gravelly loams of the north central area. Upland soils range from Class 1 through 4 silty clay loams on foothills to Class 6 to 7 cobbly loams on mountains. NRCS works collaboratively in Linn County with Federal, State, Local and Non-profit conservation organizations to strategically deliver Federal Farm Bill Programs. The Local Work Group identified the high priority of reducing contaminated runoff through irrigation, nutrient, residue and livestock management, and developing and maintaining habitat for sensitive species.


NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies

  1. Livestock and Confined Animal Feeding Operations Strategy: Provide land managers with tools to ensure that their operations are making a positive contribution to water quality. Focus area is on the lower to mid Thomas and Crabtree Creek and South Santiam River watersheds.
     
  2. Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Strategy: Provide land managers with technical and financial assistance to implement irrigation efficiency measures through improved equipment/infrastructure and improved management practices. Focus area is on the Santiam and Willamette Rivers, lower North and South Santiam Rivers watersheds, and lower Thomas Creek and Crabtree Creek watersheds.

Conservation Implementation Strategy


NRCS Programs Available


Additional Conservation Resources Available

  • Linn Soil and Water Conservation District
  • North Santiam Watershed Council
  • South Santiam Watershed Council
  • Calapooia Watershed Council
  • Nature Conservancy
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Grants
  • Cascade Pacifica RC&D Council


Local Work Group Updates

The Linn County Local Workgroup is comprised of local landowners and conservation professionals.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.

For meeting information, please click here.


Success Stories

Jim Merzenich

Mosaic of Niche Ecosystems: Tree Farmers Restore Oak Woodlands to Benefit Wildlife

BROWNSVILLE, Ore.—Ed and Jim Merzenich wanted to improve the hunting grounds on their Oak Basin Tree Farm, a 961-acre woodland perched on the north Coburg Hills in the Willamette Valley. As they examined their land, however, they realized the existing habitat was not ideal for the local blacktail deer or Roosevelt elk because a tangle of invasive shrubs covered much of the ground, preventing the growth of native grasses and wildflowers that these animals depend on. “You couldn’t get through the blackberries,” said Ed. “They were 15 feet tall everywhere.” More (HTML...)

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Key Words: Oak Habitat Restoration, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, Upper Willamette Basin

Landowner Ed Landis (center) discusses his conservation plan with NRCS Engineer Scott Wright and NRCS District Conservationist Theresa McGovern.

Keep the Neighbors Talking -- About CONSERVATION, That Is!
According to Ed Landis, finding the right program and technical assistance at the right time made his streambank project a success. “It has changed this part of the stream from just a mess to ...a win-win for everyone.”  More...

Key Words:  EQIP, CREP, conservation planning, streambank stabilization, stream barbs, Upper Willamette Basin

 

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For Additional Assistance Contact

Tangent Service Center
33630 McFarland Road
Tangent, Oregon 97389-9708

Linn County NRCS District Conservationist:  Nathan Adelman, (541) 967-5925

A linear irrigation system installed to improve irrigation efficiencies.

A linear irrigation system installed to improve irrigation efficiencies.
A disc filtration system used to filter water before entering a microirrigation system.

A disc filtration system used to filter water before entering a microirrigation system.