Clean Water-Healthy Soil Ballot Measure - Opportunity Knocks!
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (TSWCD) has placed a measure on the November election ballot that would provide resources for them to greatly improve and expand their capability to assist landowners – forest, agriculture, urban, and others – in being good stewards of their land and water. The WCSWA Board of Directors has endorsed the measure, for many good reasons:
1) Forest landowners join with other landowners in the mutual goal of a healthy watershed – land and water.
2) In the past, forest lands have not benefitted as much as agricultural lands from TSWCD assistance due to their lack of staff and funding. This will change as TSWCD is able to have more resources.
3) There are many opportunities for TSWCD to partner with forest landowners in maintaining forest health through combatting invasive species, “fireproofing” landscapes, avoiding soil erosion, improving wildlife habitat, and enhancing stream corridors.
4) Perhaps most importantly, TSWCD will have the ability to provide education to all sectors of the community – and especially the urban residents – about the values and management of the soil, water, forests, and other lands in the Tualatin River basin. This can only help generate understanding and support for local forest landowners.
Read more in October 2016 issue