RCPP EQIP Signup Deadline June 30th

ACD is excited to announce the third sign up period for the WRIA 34 Palouse Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). As a partner in this program Adams CD has committed to help landowners install 20 acres of riparian buffer and 2,000 acres of conservation tillage by June 2020. Implementation assistance through RCPP EQIP is now available. RCPP EQIP funding is separate from NRCS’s general EQIP, so operators may apply for both. To sign up for this program come by the office or give Cara a call at 509-659-1553 ext 1. Sign up deadline for 2018 assistance is June 30th, 2017. You may apply at any time to be considered for future funding. 

Take a look at this map of the WRIA 34 area that's part of ACD to see if your proposed project site is within the program boundaries.

Each applicant must establish themselves as a USDA customer and complete all Farm Service Agency (FSA) eligibility requirements. Applicants who apply as entities must provide a DUNS number, be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), and maintain an active registration with current information prior to applying for funding and to remain eligible for payments under a funded contract. For more information regarding SAM and DUNS contact the local FSA/NRCS office at 659-1761, both offices are located at 506 Weber Avenue in Ritzville.

 

Livestock watering facilityLivestock watering facility 

                                        ACD Field Tour

The Adams Conservation District recently hosted a field tour to highlight better management projects and discuss local resource concerns. Partners that attended included the Washington State Conservation Commission, neighboring Districts, Ducks Unlimited, and NRCS. Thank you to everyone who participated, we hope you had a great time and we appreciate your support!

For tour pictures and highlights visit http://scc.wa.gov/acd_tour_17/

 

 

5th Grade Field Day

 

What a wonderful morning of fun in the sun with our local 5th grade students! Seventy-four students from Benge, Lind, Odessa, and Ritzville participated in this year’s event. Topics discussed were soils, weeds, wildlife, recycling, weather monitoring, and bees. Adams CD would like to thank Steve Schofstoll, Bruce Sauer, Brian Fode, and Samantha Crow with the WSU Dryland Research Station in Lind for allowing us to use their facility and helping to make this a great day. We would also like to thank the presenters who took time out of their busy schedules to spend the morning educating our kids on natural resources and conservation. Presenters included: Keith Harrington (NRCS), Meagan Gilmore (Dept. of Ecology), Kourtney Stonehouse (Dept. of Fish & Wildlife), Eric Bell (Adams County Noxious Weed Board), Steve Schofstoll and Bruce Sauer (WSU Research Station), and Marylin and Joe Geiger (West Plains Beekeepers Association). Thank you to the teachers, assistants, and bus drivers who are always helpful and make it possible for us to share this information with the students. We hope you all had a splendid time and look forward to seeing you again next year!

 

 


 

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Adams County Burn Permitting 2016

Adams CD will continue to issue burn permits for Adams County as a convenience to our local operators. While application forms may be available at other offices, we are the only agency within the county appointed to issue permits. Please make sure your application is thoroughly completed and submit it to Adams CD or the WA Department of Ecology. We  may not be able to process your permit on the same day we receive your application, so be sure to plan ahead if possible. You can also send application materials and check to the Department of Ecology for processing within 7 days. Agriculture burn permit applications and related information can be found at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/aginfo/agburnpermitpage.htm

 

Burn Permit Refund Policy
Refund requests for spring (Jan-Jun) burn permits must be submitted to Adams CD by June 15th.
Refund requests for fall (Jul-Dec) burn permits must be submitted to Adams CD by December 15th.
A $37.50 processing fee applies to all burn permits and is non-reimbursable.
  Please remember to submit your post burn report (blue postcard) to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Greg Schlomer - Conservationist of the YearGreg Schlomer - Conservationist of the Year

 

 

 

Congratulations Greg Schlomer

Greg Schlomer was recognized as Conservationist of the Year at Adams CD’s annual workshop in January.

Mr. Schlomer has installed 5 miles of exclusionary fencing along the Palouse River and 8 miles along Union Flat Creek. He’s also installed numerous off-stream watering facilities including 6 solar powered well systems for watering livestock in remote pastures. Mr. Schlomer’s outstanding efforts to protect water quality, encourage riparian re-vegetation, and support rangeland health are an inspiration. Thank you Greg for your continued commitment to protecting our natural resources!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Conservationist of the Year

Do you know a landowner/operator who’s making an effort to protect our natural resources? Now is your chance to applaud their accomplishments.

The Adams Conservation District presents a "Conservationist of the Year" award to a deserving individual or farm family that maintains and exemplifies conservation minded management. Examples of activities that qualify a person for Conservationist of the Year include:

  • Utilizing Best Management Practices including, but not limited to: soil and water conservation, rangeland health, pest management, manure/waste management, wildlife habitat enhancement, etc.
  • Successfully using innovative approaches to protect the natural resources on their land
  • Enrolling farm acreage in a farmland easement program
  • Implementation of conservation practices that also positively impacted their production systems through improved yield, input use efficiency, and/or profitability.

If you know someone whose management has resulted in improvements in resource conservation and environmental enhancement, please send us a brief description of your nominee’s conservation activities and achievements. The award is inclusive of all farming enterprises. You may nominate as many qualified candidates as you wish. All nominations must be received by November 15, 2017. The recipient will be honored at our annual meeting typically held at the end of January.

Nominations can be emailed to Cara at chadamscd@hotmail.com (Title: Conservationist Nomination) or sent to Adams Conservation District, 118 East Main Avenue, Ritzville, WA  99169.