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Public Notice – Special Meeting

The Spokane Conservation District will hold a special board meeting Wednesday, September 2 at 3:00 pm, to hold the entrance conference with the State Auditor’s Office. The meeting will be held at 210 N. Havana St., Spokane, WA, lower conference room. All District programs and projects are offered without discrimination.  If you are in need of special accommodations, please call in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made.  

Call Vicki Carter @ 535-7274 with any questions or email to Vicki-carter@sccd.org


 

Ground Operations Film Screening at SCC - May 19

SCD Vets on the Farm Program will be showing the film, Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields in the LAIR Auditorium at Spokane Community College from 10:30am-11:30am on May 19. 

For more information contact William Hulings, Vets on the Farm Intern at william-hulings@sccd.org or 509-535-7274. 

Ground Operations Film Screening - Flyer


 

Finding the Right Tractor or Implement

FREE workshop on May 16 from 9am-11am at St. John Harware & Implement, 904 S Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA. Pre-registration is required; email pat-munts@sccd.org or call 509-998-9769 with your name, phone number, email address, address, and number of attendees in your party to save your spot in the class. 

Finding the Right Tractor or Implement Flyer


 

Vets on the Farm Program Brings Opportunities to Veterans

Veterans are ready for a new mission and a way to transition back into civilian life and careers. Our vision is to provide them with opportunities for education, partnership, and employment in conservation based agricultural industries. We provide Veterans of our community an opportunity to combine their military service and skills with an education in conservation which will lead to farming
and agricultural based employment. For more information, open our brochure or visit Vets on the Farm on Facebook. 

Brochure                 Vets on the Farm on Facebook 


 

New, Earlier Dates for Annual Willow Warrior Event

The Spokane Conservation District Willow Warrior planting event will be held three weeks earlier than usual due to the low water levels of our local streams. The dates this year are Friday, April 17th and Saturday April 18th.

Every spring, SCD and a team of volunteers, dubbed Willow Warriors, plant 3,000 mixed species of native willow over two days. This year, the Willow Warriors will put in near the mouth of California Creek and continue downstream for approximately three miles and take out below the mouth of Stevens Creek, just upstream of the Hangman Valley Golf Course. 

"I’m hopeful that we can get a group of very committed volunteers, representing a mix of organizations, including Trout Unlimited, The Lands Council, Spokane Community College and possibly other interested organizations," said Dan Ross, SCD Water Resource Technician and Willow Warrior Event Coordinator. 

Space is very limited. Due to canoe availability, the event will accommodate a maximum of 16-20 people per day (max of 8-10 canoes). Event registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and may also be limited by the number of people per organization per day.    

If your organization wants to send volunteers to participate in Willow Warrior planting event, print out the sign-up sheet and have your volunteers fill in their information legibly and accurately. Volunteers must honor their commitment to attending on the days that they sign up for. This helps in determining the number of canoes and equipment necessary for each day. It is imperative that sign-up sheets and waiver forms are returned to Dan-Ross@sccd.org before April 15.  

Sign-up Sheet      Minor Waiver Form     Adult Waiver Form


News from NRCS - CSP Deadline Extended

Click here to read about the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) from our friends at the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 13 to receive funds this fiscal year. Let us know if you have any questions, 509-535-7274. 


Building a Community Garden the Right Way

Learn how to start a successful, sustainable community garden. Topics include building community, selecting a site, legal and insurance issues, design, implementation, and management. 

Thursday, February 19, 6pm-8:30pm

WSU Spokane County Extension
222 N Havana
Spokane WA 99202

Contact: Pat Munts - 509-535-7274 or pat-munts@sccd.org

Click here for registration flyer. 


 

NOTICE OF ELECTION

 Spokane Conservation District announces that an election will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, for the purpose of electing one Supervisor for a three-year term. 

 The polling place is located at 210 North Havana, Spokane, WA.  The polls will be open from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Absentee and/or ballots will be available by mail by request to Elections Officer, Erica Johnson at 509-535-7274 or erica-johnson@sccd.org.

 The filing deadline for candidates is February 10, 2015.

 All registered voters who own or occupy land within the District, which includes all land within Spokane County except for the City of Deer Park, are eligible to vote and run for office.  Citizens living within the city limits of Deer Park may vote and/or hold office if they also own land outside of those city limits. 

Any person interested in either volunteer position can contact the District office @ 535-7274 immediately for more information.  All programs and services are offered without discrimination.


 

2014 Report of Accomplishments 

The SCD 2014 Report of Accomplishments is published along with all other conservation districts in Washington State and used to inform landowners and legislators. Click here to see our page!


Jim Armstrong Retires After 32 Years of Conservation in Spokane County

The Spokane Conservation District will be hosting an open house on November 12 from 3pm-5pm to honor Jim Armstrong's 32 years of conservation and celebrate his retirement. The SCD Board Meeting will be immediately to follow. 

Flyer | Press Release | Bountiful Life Article

Landowner Meeting: Riparian Management 

December 11, 2014: Plan to participate in a producer and land owner led discussion of riparian area management incentives needed in the Palouse. Lunch will be provided. 

Purpose: Producer and land owner led thinking session on a "Palouse Specific" incentive program for riparian conservation and management built from the producer's ideas. 

Invited Participants: Whitman and Spokane County producers and landowners

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time: Noon to 4:00 pm

Location: SEL Event Center, 1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA 99163

Sponsored by: Whitman, Palouse, Spokane, Palouse-Rock Lake, and Pine Creek Conservation Districts Board members, staff and the Washington Conservation Commission

RSVP: Send an email to Ray Ledgerwood at ray.ledgerwood@scc.wa.gov that you plan on attending

Agenda:

-Opening Comments & Lunch

-Producer discussion of riparian area management incentives needed for the Palouse

-Examples of current riparian management already underway & programs available

-Next Steps & Close

Follow-up: Once a vision is identified, the conservation district board members and staff can examine various funding sources, revisions and use of current programs, or the development of a new program to match the producer’s ideas for a "Palouse Specific" riparian management incentives and report back to the participants.

Special Meeting Notice 

The Spokane Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 5, at 4:15pm. 

SCD Board Meetings are held at 210 N Havana St, Spokane, WA unless otherwise noted or scheduled. Meetings are open to the public; members of the public may address the board for three minutes unless prior arrangements have been made. If special accommodations are needed, please call 509-535-7274 at least 48 hours in advance so reasonable and appropriate arrangements can be made. All SCD programs and services are offered without discrimination.


 

More Volunteers Needed for Willow Warrior Weekend 

Would you like to spend some time in a canoe, improving local stream banks by planting willows? Sign up to volunteer in our Willow Warrior event! Contact Dan Ross for more information, dan-ross@sccd.org or 509-535-7274. Click here for more information. All participants will need a release of liability form completed, but minors will complete this release form


 

Notice of Public Hearing

The Board of Supervisors for the Spokane Conservation District will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:30pm during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board.  The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comment on the matter of re-authorization of the special assessment which provides funding for the activities of the District.  The special assessment is imposed on behalf of the District by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners and must be re-authorized every 10 years.  The assessment was established and rate caps were set by the Washington State Legislature (ref: R.C.W.89.08.400 ) in 1989 and have been collected in Spokane County since 1991.  The proposed assessment rates are unchanged from the previous authorization:

CNSV1 - 10 cents per acre per annum on lands with soil classifications 1-4 as specified in the USDA 2012 Soil Survey with a $5 minimum. 

CNSV2 – 5 cents per acre per annum on lands with soil classifications 5-8 as specified in the USDA 2012 Soil Survey with a $5 minimum. 

More information on this topic can be found by contacting Jim Armstrong, 509-535-7274 ext 218 or jim-armstrong@sccd.org 


 

Clean water on agricultural lands: The facts about Ecology’s watershed evaluation program

October 30, 2013 - An important part of the Department of Ecology’s work is to find and control sources of pollution that don’t come out of an industrial pipe. 

Sometimes these sources of pollution are livestock. 

While streams may pass through private property, they belong collectively to all people in the state. We believe that clean water on agricultural lands can be achieved and operations can remain profitable. We do not need to choose between the two. We can and should have both. 

Our routine watershed evaluation work in Eastern Washington has been called into question by some. In doing this work, we evaluate and record pollution problems. Then we follow up with landowners to try to find ways to fix the problems with available state and federal funding. 

There have been some mischaracterizations of this important watershed evaluation work. We want you to have the facts. 

Click here for the full article from DOE. 


 

 Watch Now: Streamside Buffer Video 


 

 USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program:

Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers

01/15/2013 12:09 PM EST

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans. Read the full article on the USDA website


 

From the Ground Down:

Updated Soil Survey of Spokane County now available!

SPOKANE, Wash. / July 17, 2012

It's not a gossip tabloid, but it sure dishes the latest "dirt" on Spokane County. It's called a soil survey. And thanks to a recent update by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, foresters, farmers, residents, builders, land managers and others will now have the latest information on what lies beneath their feet - the soil.

The Spokane County soil survey area encompasses over 1.1 million acres of agricultural, forest, range and urban lands within three Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA): Palouse and Nez Perce Prairies (MLRA 9), Northern Rocky Mountain Valleys (MLRA 44A) and Northern Rocky Mountains (MLRA 43A).

The updated survey is an extensive revision that will replace the current Spokane County publication released in 1968 that was based on fieldwork from 1955 through 1961 with an agricultural interpretive focus.

Although the soils have not changed over the last 40 years, shifts in land use and management, advancement of soil science, research and technology and an increased demand from customers for current and accurate soil information have dictated the need for up-to-date soil data and interpretations.

"Knowing the physical characteristics and capacity of the soil are integral in making good land management decisions," said NRCS State Soil Scientist Kevin Sullivan. "The updated information in this survey provides more accurate, detailed and accessible soils information for nearly all of Spokane County."

The updated Spokane County Soil Survey is now available online through the Soil Data Mart and Web Soil Survey. This data will also be available at the Spokane Field office.

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SCD Soils Lab Open for Business

Did you know that a large majority of all planting problems and failures can be directly attributed to issues with the soil, and many of those problems can be detected and corrected early? The SCD is the perfect place to start when looking to ensure you have healthy soil; we now operate an in-house soil testing laboratory available to the public for both lawn & garden and small acreage. The basic testing includes phosphorous, nitrogen, potassium, pH, and organic matter. The lab fee is $30 and is payable by cash or check only. If you need a more comprehensive analysis done on your soil, your sample can be sent to an independent lab, whose fees vary and will include a shipping cost.

You can download the Soil Sample Request Form to include with your sample and payment; the form provides soil sampling tips & techniques. Contact Eric Choker, soil scientist, to arrange a time to drop your sample off at the District office, and for any soils-related questions. 

 

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