Trees planted in riparian area increase shade for water and to improve
buffering capacity to help keep streams clean and cool.
Curry County is characterized by coastal terraces, very narrow river
valleys and rugged mountains. Of the one million acres, only 34% is privately
owned. Curry County is in the Coast Range and Klamath Mountain Ecoregions. It is
drained by the Rogue and Illinois Rivers with several smaller rivers and creeks
draining directly to the Pacific Ocean. Temperatures are mild throughout the
year and the 70-160 inches of rain is concentrated in the winter. The natural
resources in the area support forestry, recreational and commercial fishing,
sheep and cattle ranching and specialty crop production. The population is
21,941 with only two towns of significant size.
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 specific areas of the Sixes
Watershed 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the amount of water withdrawn for irrigation purposes.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:
- Curry SWCD
- Farm Service Agency
- Lower Rogue Watershed Council
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Oregon DEQ
- OSU Extension
- Southcoast Watershed Council
- Oregon Department of Forestry
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
For Additional Assistance Contact
Coquille Service Center
382 North Central
Coquille, Oregon 97423-1296
NRCS District Conservationist: Amy Wilson,
Curry County SWCD: (541) 247-2755