Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District
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November - December Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Meetings click here
Nov. 7 Farm Bureau Meeting 7:00PM Aspen Lake Golf Course
Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Nov. 19 Project Wildfire meeting 8:00 AM DeArmond Rm. 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend
Nov. 21 Deschutes SWCD Business Meeting 9:00 AM USDA Service Center 625 SE Salmon Ave, Redmond
Nov. 28 Thanksgiving
Dec. 3 Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) final comment deadline
Dec. 5 Farm Bureau Meeting 7:00PM Aspen Lake Golf Course
Dec. 17 Project Wildfire meeting 8:00 AM DeArmond Rm. 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend
Dec. 19 Deschutes SWCD Business Meeting 9:00AM DeArmond Rm. 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend
Dec. 25 Christmas
** Hot Topics **
Several irrigation districts in Oregon are working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), and other stakeholders to develop Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessments that support irrigation modernization and provide local environmental benefits.
Wildfire was here before us. For millennia, our region was shaped by fire, and our mid- and lower elevation forests (think forests of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer species around Sisters, Bend, and Sunriver) were maintained by frequent, low-intensity fires, every ten to twenty-five years.
These natural fires are essential for stimulating fire-dependent trees and plants, maintaining wildlife habitat for certain species, cycling nutrients and sustaining other important functions of the forest ecosystem.
Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) - The goal of developing a Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is to provide sufficient, reliable water for residents and farmers while conserving fish, wildlife, and water resources. The HCP will eventually become part of an application for one or more Endangered Species Act incidental take permits (ITPs) that would authorize incidental take of listed species caused by covered activities. Final public comment due Dec. 3, 2019