Pond, on private land, next to the Painted Hills National Park.
Wheeler County encompasses 1,715 square miles, or 1,097,600 acres, of which
316,384 acres are public and 781,216 acres are private. Of the private acres,
435,911 are rangeland, 280,625 are forestland, and 14,000 are irrigated
cropland. The NRCS office, located in Condon, offers voluntary technical and
financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource
conservation improvements. Historically, the NRCS has focused on rangeland and
irrigation improvements, and more recently has started working on forest health
improvements on private land. The NRCS is currently completing a county-wide
soil survey that will be available online.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
- Upland Health/Function
- Water Quality/Quantity
- Soil Erosion
- Riparian Restoration
- Noxious weeds
NRCS Programs Available
Environmental Quality Incentives
Mountain Creek-funding is benefiting the Mountain Creek Watershed by
improving irrigation systems and efficiency.
Grant/Wheeler Prescribed Burn- this EQIP funding pool is working to
promote prescribed fire for juniper reduction.
N. Twickenham/Rowe Creek CCPI- funding will improve rangeland health
through strategic treatment to return the range to its historical state.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):
Funding for conservation stewardship and additional enhancements.
Additional Conservation Resources Available
Oregon Water Resources
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Oregon Freshwater Trust
Lower John Day Working Group
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Local Work Group Updates
The Wheeler County Local Work Group works with Gilliam County’s Local Work
Group to discuss natural resource concerns and mitigation strategies. Major
concerns consist of juniper encroachment into rangeland and water
quality/quantity issues in streams.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District
Conservationist listed below.
For meeting information, please
If there was a contest for producing the tallest Secar grass amongst
landowners in Oregon, Matt Williams may bring home the prize. Matt has
found chest-high Secar on his ranch in Twickenham along the John Day
River in the center of Wheeler County. Rangeland grasses like Secar are
an important tool for conservation. The first Secar on the Williams
place was planted as part of a USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) demonstration project 25 years ago. Secar is a
long-lived, cool-season wheatgrass with an extensive root system that
grows from one to four feet tall. Seed for the Secar grass growing on
the Williams rangeland was first collected in the Lewiston, Idaho area
along the Snake River. More
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For Additional Assistance Contact
Condon Service Center
333 Main, Dunn Brothers Building
Condon, Oregon 97823-0106
NRCS District Conservationist: Damon Brosnan (541)384-2671 x107
Wheeler SWCD: (541)468-2990