Morrow County is approximately 2,049 square miles, or 1,311,360 acres. There are 1,085,129 acres of private land, with 369,790 acres of dry cropland, 86,400 acres of irrigated crops, 562,550 acres of rangeland, and 66,389 of non-industrial private forestland. About 226,231 acres are public; mainly Forest Service land and Department of Defense acres in the Boardman Bombing Range. The NRCS office, located in Heppner, offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource conservation improvements. Historically, the NRCS has focused on rangeland and dryland/irrigated cropland improvements, and more recently has started working on forest health improvements on private land.
Priority natural resource concerns in Morrow County: noxious weeds on rangeland, poor quality Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for wildlife, forest health, and expiring CRP contracts.
Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Owners in Morrow County
The following Conservation Implementation Strategies are available to help Morrow County agricultural producers address targeted resource concerns identified in the Long Range Plan. Click the project names below for more information:
- Drought and Wildfire Watering Strategy
- JDU Basin Forest Resiliency
- Soil Health Management Planning and Implementation
- West Extension Irrigation District Efficiency Improvement
- Wildlife Friendly Travel Corridors
Additional Funding Opportunities...
In addition to the local projects above, producers may also apply for statewide programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Organic Initiative, Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, and conservation easement programs. Visit with your local District Conservationist for more information on these and other programs, or visit the NRCS Programs webpage.
Local Work Group Meetings
Every year, NRCS hosts a Local Work Group meeting where farmers, landowners, conservation partners and other members of the community discuss the natural resource needs for the county. Based on feedback from those meetings, NRCS updates the county's Long Range Plan and develops new Conservation Implementation Strategies to address those resource concerns. You may contact us anytime to express concerns or comments about conservation needs in the county, and we encourage you to attend the next Local Work Group meeting in your county. For more information about Local Work Group meetings, contact your local NRCS office.