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Lincoln & Lane (West) County - Information for Partners and Participants

Lincoln and West Lane counties, Oregon
Lincoln and western Lane Counties are located on the central coast of Oregon. The coast’s climate is influenced by the ocean and is the wettest and mildest in the state. These conditions support highly productive forests which dominate the region. They are important ecologically and for local economies. Some towns in the region include: Florence, Lincoln City, and Newport. Forestry remains the primary industry in the interior areas; wood harvest quantities were high during the 1970's and 1980's, but have declined dramatically. Most private nonindustrial woodlands and livestock farms are small compared to the rest of the State. Tourism is important to the coastal communities. Fishing (both commercial and recreational) and fish processing are significant components of the economy.

Lincoln County Long Range Plan

NRCS Oregon uses a Strategic Approach to Conservation to address priority natural resource concerns in specific watersheds and landscapes across the state. It all begins with a Long Range Plan. Each county develops a Long Range Plan with input from landowners, agency partners and other stakeholders that identifies and prioritizes natural resource concerns in the community. Based on those plans, NRCS works with partners to develop local Conservation Implementation Strategies to help agricultural producers in those targeted areas implement conservation practices that address the resource concerns. Long Range Plans are updated to reflect the changing needs and objectives of the county's natural resources.

The priorities are conservation and management of privately owned woodlands and small farms. In the Siuslaw region of western Lane County, the focus areas for conservation projects are the coastal lakes, North Fork of the Siuslaw River, Wildcat/Chickahominy Creeks, and Deadwood Creek watersheds. In Lincoln County, the focus areas are the upper Alsea River and Siletz River watersheds.

NRCS has focused on forest management concerns in Lincoln County and western Lane County. As a response to historic markets, Douglas fir stands dominate the landscape. These Douglas fir forests are less resilient to pests, disease, and fire, than a mixed forest stand. Recent management tactics have included diversification of forest stands to include multiple species. Increasing the number of actively managed multispecies forests could improve the resiliency of coastal forests to disease, pests, and fire. The current focus includes agricultural lands and private non-industrial forests.

Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Owners in Lincoln and western Lane County

The following Conservation Implementation Strategies are available to help Lincoln County and western Lane County agricultural producers address targeted resource concerns identified in the Long Range Plan. Click the project names below for more information:

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, On Farm Energy 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.

Contact Your Lincoln County Conservationist

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Success Stories in Lincoln County

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Maintaining Healthy Tribal Forests

To achieve their forestry goals, the Siletz Tribe is working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to obtain technical and financial assistance for pre-commercial thinning.