The dairy industry is very important in the valleys of Coos County with
forestry in the foothills and mountains.
Coos County has a total area of about 1 million acres and a population of
63,655. The county falls within the Coast Range ecoregion and is drained by the
Coos and Coquille rivers. Interior flood plains typically flood in winter and
standing water is common. The mean rainfall of 60 inches falls mostly in winter.
Timber is produced on about 82% of the area with pasture, hay production and
urban use covering the bulk of remaining acres. About 69% of the land is
privately owned. Specialty crops such as cranberries are significant
economically despite relatively smaller acreages.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
The highest priority resource concerns identified in Coos and Curry Counties
include: water quality, water quantity, forest health and wildlife populations.
NRCS is currently pursuing two strategies relating to water quality and
quantity. The Agricultural Water Quality and Quantity strategy is currently
focused on livestock and irrigation management in areas along the Coquille
Watershed sub basin. The Cranberry Irrigation Automation Strategy is focused on
improving management of water resources in cranberry operations.
NRCS Programs Available
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):
- Improve growth and vigor of pasture to promote sustainable permanent
cover of desired vegetation through Forage planting, brush and weed
control, cross fencing, and grazing management.
- Install alternative livestock watering facilities and heavy use area
improvements to protect stream corridors and improve health of riparian
- Upgrade equipment and improve pump utilization, reduce runoff and
the amount of water withdrawn for irrigation purposes.
- Water savings through irrigation efficiency.
- Improve nutrient management and nutrient cycling, crop health and
- Improve water quality through management enhancements requiring less
pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.
- Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):
- • Support for qualified stewardship activities and enhancements.
- Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative
- EQIP Organic Initiative
Additional Conservation Resources Available
Conservation agencies in the region are very cooperative and routinely work
together with private landowners to accomplish resource enhancement projects.
The following agencies provide assistance in planning, funding or implementing
conservation and restoration projects:
- Coos SWCD
- Coos Watershed Association
- Coquille Watershed Association
- Farm Service Agency
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Oregon Dept of Forestry
- Oregon DEQ
- OSU Extension
- Southcoast Watershed Council
- Ten Mile Lakes Partnership
Local Work Group Updates
The Local working group is a collaborative group of agencies and
organizations working on conservation in the region. They assemble annually to
share information and provide input and suggestions to the development of
strategies and programs in the county. Please contact the district
conservationist if you would like to participate or be included in information
For meeting information, please
A Conservation Investment for
Sustainable, Marketable Timber Products
have to be aware of conservation," says Dan Mast. "You wouldn’t have
anything down the road if you weren’t." Mast manages 800 acres of
family-owned forest land in southwestern Oregon. While the family also
operates a grade A dairy and raise lambs, Dan believes that maintaining
a diverse operation is the key to survival for small operations like
Forest stand improvement, conservation planning,
small acreage, Southwest Oregon Basin
For Additional Assistance Contact
Coquille Service Center
382 North Central
Coquille, Oregon 97423-1296
NRCS District Conservationist: Amy Wilson,
Coos County SWCD: (541) 396-6879