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Local Solutions to Local Problems

The Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District provides free technical assistance to private land owners and land managers to address resource concerns on their land. Resource concerns most common to Deschutes County are water quality, water quantity, forest health, invasive weeds, and fish and wildlife habitat. A comprehensive farm plan or resource management plan can help landowners and land managers address their needs and management objectives on their land.

Funding for Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District comes from a variety of local, state, and federal sources. Programs are designed to conserve water, improve water quality and quantity, reduce invasive weeds, and provide plant health and wildlife habitat.

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) provides funding up to $15,000 / project for private landowners to implement restoration treatments on their land pertaining to fish passage, urban impact reduction, riparian, wetland, and instream process and function, private road impact reduction, upland process and function, and irrigation efficiency.