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NRCS Oregon Tribal Advisory Council

For the past nine years the Oregon Tribal Advisory Council has met twice yearly as a forum to address natural resource issues on tribal lands. The Council is comprised of the representatives from seven of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, Oregon/Idaho technical staff from Intertribal Agriculture Council and the Oregon NRCS, represented by State Conservationist Ron Alvarado. The Tribal Advisory Council provides a tribal voice to the USDA NRCS on conservation issues that are important to Oregon tribes at the state and national levels.
 

 Oregon Tribal Advisory Council Meetings

The Oregon NRCS Tribal Advisory Council meets twice-yearly, each spring and fall.

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Kathy Ferge, (503) 414-3239.

2021 Meetings                                              
Agendas Minutes Presentations

Fall 2021 TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA
 

May 20, 2021

Meeting Agenda   

Meeting Notes   

Oregon 2021 Tribal Report
USDA Barriers for Indian Country                                        

 

2020 Meetings

Agendas Minutes Presentations

Fall 2020   January 7, 2021

Meeting Agenda 

Meeting Notes 

2021 NRCS Programs Report
Oregon Agricultural Trust
 

May 26, 2020

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

2018 Farm Bill Programs
2020 Farm Service Agency Presentation
2020 NRCS Presentation
2020 Risk Management Presentation
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) On-Farm Trials
Agriculture Marketing Service Hemp web page
Intertribal Ag Council COVID-19 Resources

 

 

2019 Meetings

May 2, 2019

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

FSA Farm Loan Overview
FSA Farm Bill What's New
FSA Farm Bill What's Changed
NRCS What's New
NRCS Talking Points
RMA Farm Bill What's New


 

2018 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations

July 18, 2018

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

West RTAC Agenda
West RTAC Action Item
NRCS Easement Presentation
WEWAI Agenda CTUIR 2018
National Tribal Farm Bill Report
NW Intertribal Ag Meeting Agenda
FSA Emergency Forest Restoration
FSA Wildfire Hurricane Fact Sheet
Article PMC Hosts Tribal Council
 

November 29, 2018

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

NRCS Easements
Snow Survey Report
Advisory Council Flyer

 

2017 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations

May 4, 2017

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

2017 RCPP National Tribal Projects
2017 RCPP Oregon Projects
2017 RCPP Final Projects
2017 CSP Payment Schedule

 

 

December 5, 2017

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

2018 Farm Bill Tribal Initiatives
2018 EQIP Update
2018 CSP Update
2018 CIG Update
State Prototype Programmatic Agreement Update
Best Plants Database
West Region August Minutes--Draft
West Region Action Items--Draft

 

2016 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations

May 3, 2016

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

November 3, 2016

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

 

2015 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations

May 5, 2015

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

October 20, 2015

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

 

2014 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations

May 8, 2014

 

Meeting Notes

November 4, 2014

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

 

2013 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations

December 4, 2013

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes
April 9-11, 2013
   

 

2012 Meetings
Agendas Minutes Presentations
October 10, 2012
  Meeting Notes  

 

Basis for Tribal Advisory Councils

NRCS’s mission is to help people help the land. To carry out this mission effectively with Tribes at the state and local levels, NRCS will:

  1. Provide quality service through financial, educational, and technical assistance
  2. Assist the Tribes in building Tribal capacity in natural resources conservation.
  3. Coordinate with Tribes so they have the opportunity to provide input on NRCS policy.
  4. Work cooperatively with Tribes to achieve program compliance.
  5. Advocate natural resource stewardship, while working within Tribal religion, standards, values, and culture.
  6. Provide services to all clientele equitably.
  7. Support practical, voluntary solutions to natural resource problems.
  8. Deliver the best available resource technology.
  9. Promote strong partnerships and teamwork.
  10. Deliver programs in cooperation with other Federal, Tribal, State, and local entities.
  11. Provide a quality work environment for its diverse work force.
  12. Cooperate with Indian Tribes, conservation districts, resource conservation development councils, and State conservation agencies to deliver services.

Additionally, NRCS works directly with Tribes and will provide assistance, upon request, to help them establish a Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (TCAC) or tribal conservation district. Tribes may designate a TCAC to provide input on NRCS programs and the conservation needs of the Tribes and Tribal producers.

At the local level, TCACs can:

  • Provide leadership on conservation needs, programs, and priorities to NRCS Tribal Liaison.
  • Maintain communications with the NRCS Tribal liaison.
  • Engage NRCS in resource assessments.
  • Develop conservation plans and priorities for implementation.

At the State Level, TCACs can:

  • Maintain communications with the State Conservationist.
  • Communicate conservation needs, plans, and priorities to the State Conservationist.
  • Engage the State Conservationist in developing annual budgets for natural resource conservation.
  • Advise regional level conservation advisory councils of natural resource programs and budget needs.

At the Regional Level, TCACs can:

  • Maintain communications with the Regional Conservationists
  • Communicate with State- and national-level Tribal conservation advisory councils regarding conservation programs, legislative needs, and budgets.
     


Contact

Kathy Ferge
State Tribal Liaison
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd.
Suite 900
Portland, OR 97232
Office: 503/414-3239
Cell: 503/333-5658
Email: kathy.ferge@or.usda.gov