Upper Columbia Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) growing in many directions
Upper Columbia Resource Conservation and Development Council
(RC&D) growing in many directions
A volunteer firefighter
demonstrates the proper technique of spraying down a wildfire. The source
of the water, a dry hydrant, is made possible thanks in large part to the
Upper Columbia RC&D.
Ferry, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties
Upper Columbia RC&D is stepping up efforts to be more visible and effective in
the rural communities it serves.
Upper Columbia RC&D has many sponsors who are also their partners. They include
Colville Confederated Tribes, Ferry County Commissioners, Ferry County
Conservation District, Kalispel Tribe, Northwest Natural Resources Institute,
City of Palouse, Palouse Conservation District, Palouse Rock Lake Conservation
District, Pend Oreille County Commissioners, Pine Creek Conservation District,
Spokane County Commissioners, Spokane County Conservation District, Spokane
Tribe of Indians, Stevens County Commissioners, Whitman Conservation District,
Whitman County Commissioners, and WSU Extension of Spokane County.
The Council has identified several areas of concern in the five county area.
They include forest health, soil erosion and condition, air quality and the need
to develop alternative fuels using renewable resources.
Upper Columbia RC&D has received a grant from EPA for Diesel Fuel Emission
Reduction. It is intended to promote the use of Direct Seed and No-Till
technology. Farmers would be able to receive cost share to offset the cost of
converting to this technology. The end product would be fewer diesel emissions
by eliminating seedbed preparation and saving several tillages. In addition,
erosion will be reduced tremendously and soil condition will see many
The Council is pursuing several avenues to help improve forest health. Forest
fuels continue to build and are setting the stage for a greater chance of
devastating wild fires. By pursuing projects such as dry hydrants to provide
adequate water for fire fighting in rural areas and "Fuels for Schools" that
help remove forest fuels and use the wood to heat schools - resulting in lower
risk of wild fire and reduced costs for heating schools. The Council is helping
rural communities be stronger and safer.
The Upper Columbia RC&D is working hard to strengthen its’ understanding of the
issues in the five county area by meeting with constituents, partners and others
to gather input on the needs of the RC&D Area. By gathering enough information
about an issue the Council can assist a sponsor in developing a quality project
application and assist in securing funding.
While all of the efforts to sustain natural resource and help rural communities
become more viable is a big part of the Councils purpose, it is the result of a
Council that is becoming more active, more involved with its constituents and
partners and more dedicated to helping rural communities help themselves.
Upper Columbia Resource Conservation & Development Office, (509) 924-7350 ext.