Forest Stand Improvement – Pre-commercial thinning.
Polk County covers 745 square miles (476,800 acres) in the center of the
Willamette Valley, extending from the Willamette River west to the Coastal
Mountains. Approximately 60% of the county is in commercial forest production
which is mostly privately owned. Approximately 1/3 of the county is in
Agricultural production (166,663 acres), with nearly 72% of that land being in
crop production. Major crops in Polk County are grapes, Christmas trees, grass
seed, milk and dairy products, silage corn and fruits/nuts/berries (all ranking
in the top 10 in the state). Polk County ranks #6 in the state for broiler
chicken production and also produces cattle, sheep, horses as well as other
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
Conservation Strategies are our top priority issues to work on within the
County. We utilize a variety of resources to work toward improvements of these
issues including partnerships with other entities and multiple funding sources.
The primary conservation strategies in Polk County as identified by the Local
Working Group are;
- water quality/quantity
- forest health.
We utilize the Polk County groundwater funding pool to fund projects related
to nitrates in ground water. The primary practices used for groundwater
protection are Irrigation System (Drip or Linear), Irrigation Water Management
and Nutrient Management.
We utilize the basin forestry pool to fund projects related to forest health.
The primary practices used for forest health are Forest Stand Improvement, Brush
Management and Forest Slash Treatment.
NRCS Programs Available
Additional Conservation Resources Available
- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District
- Marion/Polk Small Woodlands Association
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Oregon State University Extension Service
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Farm Services Agency
Local Work Group Updates
If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District
Conservationist listed below.
For meeting information, please
A Willamette Valley Wetland
"The aesthetics are a huge part of
it," Willamette Valley farmer Mark Knapp says, looking across an expanse
of lush, verdant wetlands. He restored nearly 400 acres of marginal
cropland to its naturally soggy condition in 1996. Today, this wildlife
enthusiast is enjoying the benefits.
WRP, wetland restoration, wildlife habitat, Lower
For Additional Assistance Contact
Dallas Service Center
580 Main, Suite A
Dallas, Oregon 97338-1911
NRCS District Conservationist: Tom Finegan,