Funding Focus for our January Meeting
Our January meeting will be a chance to get updated information from our funding partners. The presenters will outline resources for financing projects on your property. These resources can be instrumental to your efforts to be a good steward for your woodland. A panel of speakers will discuss programs they have which may meet your needs:
– USDA Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS): Jessica Wells, District Conservationist. Jessica will present several cost reimbursement opportunities that NRCS has to offer. On forest land they all start with a formal Forest Management Plan. If you don’t have one or yours isn’t up to date, they are currently taking signups (application cut off – 1/29/2024) to hire a Technical Service Provider (TSP) to write a plan for your property that meets your goals and objectives. They also have opportunities for implementation of practices recommended in plans.
– Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (TSWCD): Brandy Saffell, Forest Conservation Specialist. Brandy will describe the Tualatin SWCD forest financial assistance program, which shares costs on landowner-led projects that increase forest resilience like young stand thinning, oak release, and fuel reduction. She will also briefly cover a few grant opportunities for local organizations like WCSWA.
– Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (TSWCD): Bethany Lund, Habitat Program Coordinator. Bethany will outline the Tualatin SWCD streamside and oak habitat restoration programs which aim to establish and enhance wildlife habitat and improve water quality in rural Washington County.
– Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF): Taylor Johnson, Small Forestland Owner Forester. Taylor will discuss the grant opportunities ODF is currently offering including the Small Forestland Grant Program and the Western States Fire Manager Grant for homes in the Wildland Urban Interface. From a forestland management side, he will also talk about the Small Forestland Investment in Stream Habitat (SFISH) program available for Small Forestland Owners who have water crossings that need improvement for fish passage and stream health.
December Forest Forum can be found here: December 2023 Forest Forum
Last Updated on December 4, 2023