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FOSTER CREEK CONSERVATION DISTRICT

SPRING & SUMMER NEWSLETTER

WELCOMING NEW GROWTH
Above is a photo of two Sagebrush Mariposa Lilies (Calochortus macrocarpus) in bloom next to Foster Creek 

Below you'll find program updates and other news. If you want the full stories, make sure to click on the hyperlinks in each section.

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Voluntary Stewardship Program Work Plan Approved

On April 30, 2018, the State of Washington approved the Douglas County Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Work Plan. VSP is an agriculturally friendly approach to protect critical areas like wetlands, and fish and wildlife habitat.   READ MORE 

Foster Creek Conservation District to Establish a Cooperative Weed Management Area for Douglas County

The Foster Creek Conservation District (FCCD) is launching a new program to establish a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) for Douglas County. The goal of this program is to improve invasive weed species management county-wide.   READ MORE 

Sign up for Foster Creek's Third Direct Seed Grant!

Foster Creek Conservation District is excited to announce its Direct Seed cost-share program is open. The program aims to address some of the county-wide water quality and soil erosion issues by providing cost share to producers who are converting from conventional tillage to direct seed systems.    READ MORE 

New Weeds to Watch for in Douglas County Week 1: Houndstongue

Welcome to the first in a series of articles that will introduce readers to new weed invaders of Douglas County. Houndstongue is an aggressive noxious weed originally from Europe.   READ MORE 

Education and Outreach Update Spring 2018

This past spring, Foster Creek CD was out at several community events to spread the word about natural resource stewardship with a focus on water quality with funding provided by the Department of Ecology.   READ MORE 

New Weeds to Watch for in Douglas County Week 2: Spotted Knapweed

Week two's weed to watch for is spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos). Spotted knapweed is a highly aggressive plant listed as noxious in the state of Washington.   READ MORE 

Going with the Flow: Stream Monitoring in Douglas County

A flowing stream is a welcome sight this summer and fall in Douglas County for the Foster Creek Conservation District and its Environmental Monitoring Program.  READ MORE  

New Weeds to Watch for in Douglas County Week 3: Yellow Starthistle

Week three's weed to watch for is yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis). Yellow starthistle is a highly aggressive, invasive plant that is native to the Mediterranean region of the world.   READ MORE 

USDA FSA Tree Assistance Program

TAP provides disaster assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes, and vines that were lost because of an eligible natural disaster.    READ MORE 

IN OTHER NEWS

"Improve Soil Biology to Ease No-Till Planting" - Read the article here
"Winter Wheat Production Increases Across the Northwest" - Read the article here
"Wildfire and Weeds: 5 Things Ranchers Should Know" - Read the article here
"After the Flood, It's All About Making Hay" - Read the article here
"Apple Maggot Discoveries Lead to Recommended Quarantine" - Read the article here
"Texas A&M, USDA Research Aimed at Nitrite Poisoning Leads to Methane Mitigation" - Read the article here 
"How to Use Social Media for Your Farm Business" - Read the article here
"What the 'Quiet Crisis' of Soil Loss Does to Crop Yields, Greenhouse Gases" - Read the article here 
"Sage Grouse: A Life Cycle in Photos" - Read the article here

FCCD ELSEWHERE

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