Skip Navigation

Central Wasco County All-Lands Project

Funding Pool: Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership. This is a partnership between two USDA agencies—the Forest Service and NRCS -- to mitigate wildfire threats to landowners and communities across the nation. USDA selects and funds new projects every year under this initiative to help improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet.

Project Timeline: 3 years (2020 – 2022)

Location: Wasco County, Oregon

Project Summary

Located on the eastern slopes of the cascade Mountains, the Central Wasco County All-Lands project was developed by the All-Lands Committee, an interagency subgroup of the Wasco County Forest Collaborative interested in advancing landscape-scale restoration. The project area encompasses approximately 27,573 acres of Forest Service-managed lands, 7,603 acres of State of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife land (White River Wildlife Area), and 12,564 acres of private lands. The primary objectives of the project are to improve landscape resilience to disease and disturbance and to restore ecological function in Oregon white oak habitats to improve conditions for associated plant and wildlife species, especially deer, elk, turkey, and western gray squirrel. Planned treatments will move forest stands towards more historic conditions by reducing stocking levels through thinning, mastication, and prescribed burning. This project incorporates high hazard, high risk communities as identified in the Wasco County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

Practices Offered:

  • Brush Management 314
  • Herbaceous Weed Treatment 315
  • Tree Pruning 660
  • Forest Stand Improvement 666
  • Woody Residue Treatment 384

Collaborating Partners

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Forest Service - Mt. Hood National Forest
  • Oregon Department Forestry
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Rocky Moutnain Elk Foundation
  • Wasco County Soil and Water District
  • Wasco County Forest Collaborative

Screening Questions

  1. High:  Applications that are “shelf-ready” projects with written NRCS approved specifications and are within the project boundary.

  2. Medium: Applications that meet the program requirements, are located in the priority area, but need forest inventory and specifications prepared.

  3. Low:  Applications for practices that do not meet the objectives of the program will not be funded under Joint Chiefs.

  4. Ineligible: Application is for conservation practices that do not address resource concerns identified in the Joint Chiefs project outline, or is outside of the project boundary area.

Ranking Questions

1. Has the applicant implemented the operation and maintenance plans for all practices installed with program assistance in the past five years, or is this the applicants first contract?

2. Are each of the applicants active program contracts in compliance? Also answer yes for contracts out of compliance due to reasons beyond the applicants control or if this is the applicants first contract.

3. Has the applicant avoided contract termination within the past 3 years? Also answer yes for contracts terminated for reasons beyond the applicants control or if this is the applicants first contract.

4. Does the EQIP contract leverage the management of natural resources across land ownership (public-private) boundaries?  (select a or b)

(a) The EQIP project is located in an area that is adjacent to high priority projects on public land as identified in the selected JCLRP project proposal.                                                  

(b) The EQIP project is located in an area that is within the same 12-digit hydrologic unit as high priority projects on public land as identified in the selected JCLRP project proposal.

5. Project area is directly adjacent to a fish bearing stream.

6. Project area contains forest stands which were historically, and are currently, best suited to be managed as Oregon White oak with active conifer encroachment

NRCS Point of Contact

Emily Huth, District Conservationist
Phone: (541) 298-8559 x111
Email: emily.huth@usda.gov