Lee Jasman, agricultural producer, Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Limited food, water and cover for wildlife in 9-inch precipitation area of
southwestern Lincoln County.
The Conservation Reserve Program
administered by FSA, along with Conservation Technical Assistance provided by
NRCS, was used in creating the wildlife area. A shallow water
area for wildlife practice was implemented to reshape existing irrigation
tail-water recovery pond into an improved wildlife habitat area with over 600
plants of ten different suitable species for cover and shade.
Lee envisioned more than just a barren pond to recover irrigation runoff for
reuse. Lee was interested in improving his irrigation system with upgrades
and applying irrigation water management to increase efficiencies. The
extra bonus is increasing wildlife habitat and beautifying access to his farm.
For the last 15 years he has maintained a little oasis for wildlife on his farm
south of Odessa. He has been surprised with the diversity of wildlife using the
area. As expected are numerous birds, deer, and other mammals, but he was
surprising to see the turtles and frogs that moved in. He maintains the area by
periodic pruning, spot spraying, and minor pond shaping.
Jerry Robeson, Soil Conservationist Technician, (509) 725-4501 ext.113