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Clackamas County soil and water conservation district honored

The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District recently received a statewide honor from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Clackamas was singled out for the 2012 Soil and Water Conservation District Partnership award, which recognizes a district that has provided outstanding conservation assistance and service as a partner to NRCS.

The NRCS selection committee recognized Clackamas for its support of an environmental quality incentive program, in which the district implemented a loan and cost sharing program that helped two landowners install a dairy pond agitator and a seasonal high tunnel.

District staff also worked with NRCS to write, design and implement at least eight Farm Bill Program conservation plans and collaborated with the agency on two conservation innovation grant proposals.

The district partnered with NRCS and other agencies to implement more than 700 linear feet of stream bank, habitat restoration and conservation reserve enhancement program improvements along Mill Creek. That project included tree and root wad revetments, engineered logjams and strategic large rock placement to stabilize the stream bank and improve fish habitat.

NRCS State Conservationist for Oregon Ron Alvarado presented the honor at the Association of Conservation Districts conference in Eugene in November.