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Welcome to the ACCD Website

We look forward to
working with you as we continue to meet the guidelines
of our conservation mission statement:

"To advocate, educate and assist people in responsible land management and agricultural practices that conserve and improve air, soil and water quality and fish and wildlife habitat for present and future generations."

Please contact us with any questions you may have or if we can be of assistance.


Public Meeting Announcement

The Asotin County Conservation District is hosting a public meeting for planning processes that are underway in Asotin County. Please join us for our update meeting. We will provide information about the work that has been completed and the next steps.

Asotin County Geomorphic & Watershed Assessment

This process will develop a geomorphic/watershed assessment and conceptual restoration plan for Snake River tributaries located in Asotin County including; Alpowa, Asotin, George, Tenmile and Couse Creeks which are inhabited by native ESA threatened Snake River Steelhead, Snake River spring Chinook, Columbia River bull trout and to a lesser extent Snake River fall Chinook.

Asotin County Voluntary Stewardship Program

The Voluntary Stewardship Program is an alternative approach for counties to protect critical areas on lands with agricultural activities. Asotin County was one of 28 counties that opted into VSP in 2012. This biennium the state has provided funding to each county that “opted in”. The project will focus on the development of a work plan to protect critical areas in Asotin County while maintaining the viability of agriculture. We will be finalizing the watershed group that will oversee the development and implementation of the VSP plan for Asotin County.

Thursday September 29, 2016
7:00 pm
Asotin County Courthouse Annex
095 Second Street
Asotin, WA

~Refreshments will be provided~

For more information contact:
Megan Stewart
District Programs & Operations Coordinator
Asotin County Conservation District
Direct: 509-552-8100
Main: 509-552-8117

Forest Health Field Day

Forest Health Field Day
Sponsored by the Palouse-Snake River Chapter
Inland Empire Society of American Foresters
Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council
Asotin County Conservation District, NRCS
WSU Forestry Extension, Spokane

Thursday, October 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. Meet at Anatone Community Center parking area, Asotin County.
10:05 a.m. Lisa Naylor, forester, Blue Mountain RC&D Council. Welcome, introductions and arrange carpooling for field visits.
10:25 a.m. First stop: Jerry Hendrickson property. Melissa Fischer, DNR forest entomologist. Forest stand management, spacing issues, thinning projects and wildlife enhancement.
11:25 a.m. Second stop: Keith Ausman/Jay Holzmiller property. Mike Johnson, US Forest Service, La Grande Lab. Completed shaded fuel break. Thinning and pruning regimes.
12:25 p.m. Lunch in the field.
1 p.m. Third stop: Brit Ausman property. Forest health management strategies to enhance growth, fire resistance, insects and disease. All specialists, Courtney Smith, NRCS. EQIP programs for forest health, Lisa Naylor, DNR cost-share programs.
2 p.m. Last stop: Field Springs State Park. Audra Sims, Assistant Park Manager, USDA Forest Service, Johnny Collin, Fire suppression, FIREWISE.
3 p.m. Session ends. Thank you DNR professionals, local forest landowners, Asotin Co. Conservation District, WSU Forestry Extension, NRCS, and SAF.

Contact Info:
123 Main Street, P.O. Box 594 Waitsburg, WA 99361-0594
(509) 337-8968
Vision Statement: “Stewards for natural resources in the Blue Mountains; today and tomorrow

The 2016 ACCD Annual Meeting
was held Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston, WA

2016 Annual Meeting

The District THANKS the following 2016 Sponsors, whose generous donations contributed to an excellent Meeting, Lunch and great Door Prizes!!

AG Pro
Dick and Della Allen
Blue Mountain Agriculture
Casey & Gail Hagenah
Happy Day Corp
Helena Chemical Co
Tom Petty
Roosters Restaurant
Schurmans True Value
Stonebraker McQuary

Our THANKS and APPRECIATION to our Guest Speakers
whose excellent presentations were enjoyed by all who attended!!

Geremy Nelson, FSA
Jim Schroeder, NRCS
Nelle Murray, ACNWCB – Asotin County Noxious Weed Coordinator
Joey McCanna, WDFW
Jason Earl, WDFW – Private Lands/Conflict Biologist
Steve Martin, SRSRB – Director of SRSRB
Kelly Susewind, DOE – Special Assistant to the Director
Keith Pearce, Simplot Feeders – Custom Feeding Manager

Special Recognition and Appreciation to Ron Scheibe

Special recognition and appreciation to Ron Scheibe for 13 years of outstanding leadership and dedication to natural resource conservation as a District Supervisor 2003-2015

Recognition to Casey Scott

Recognition to Casey Scott for his dedication and service to natural resource conservation as a District Employee 2008-2016

Thank you to Howie and his crew from The Moose for another fantastic lunch and accommodations!

Fire Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has multiple agencies, some of whom provide financial and/or technical assistance to help farmers, ranchers and rural landowners recover from natural disasters, such as wildfires. Please see form below for more information.

FSA Fire Recovery Programs

Upcoming Dates

09/05/16 HOLIDAY - Memorial Day (Office Closed)
09/08/16 ACCD Board Mtg 7:30 p.m.
10/06/16 ACCD Board Mtg 7:30 p.m.
11/10/16 ACCD Board Mtg 6:30 p.m.
11/11/16 HOLIDAY - Veterans Day (Office Closed)
11/24-25/16 HOLIDAY - Thanksgiving Day + Day After (Office Closed)
12/08/16 ACCD Board Mtg 6:30 p.m.
12-26-16 HOLIDAY - Christmas Day (observed) (Office Closed)
01/02/2017 HOLIDAY - New Years (observed) (Office Closed)

Click on the link below for ACCD Newsletters – past and present!

ACCD Newsletters

CREP Cost-Share Opportunities

Water Development:
50% cost-share increased from $3,000 to $3,600 of up to $7,200 total cost. Additional cost-share from other sources is available to complete project.

50% cost-share increased from $2,000 to $2,400 of up to $4,800 total cost. Additional cost-share from other sources is available to complete project.

Livestock Watering Facilities:
50% cost-share increased from $2,000 to $2,400 of up to $4,800 total cost. Additional cost-share from other sources is available to complete project.

Amanda Schmidt 509-552-8098 Amandaaccd@cableone.net
for information and assistance.

ACCD Contractor List Update Information
Contractors – Please contact the District Office at 552-8117 to be put on the list
OR to remain on the list and provide current information.

Owners Advised To Vaccinate Their Horses Against West Nile Virus

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is recommending that horse owners vaccinate their horses against the virus. Last year, the state had 72 infected horses, the highest incidence in the nation. Typically, 50 percent of these animals die or need to be euthanized.

"It's a very serious illness for a horse, and there isn't much a vet can do after it gets sick," said Jason Kelly, Communications Director with the Washington State Department of Agriculture. "The best thing for a horse owner to do is to spend a few dollars and get their animal vaccinated."


NEW Cost-Share rates have recently been approved by the ACCD Board of Supervisors!

There is also Riparian Cost-Share opportunities available.

Please contact the District for more information!

2009 Tree Sale!

Don't Forget Your 2016
Agricultural Burn Permit!

Just a reminder that burning by commercial agricultural operations requires a permit except when burning orchard prunings, natural vegetation along fence lines, irrigation and drainage ditches or natural vegetation blown by the wind. A grower must still comply with their fire protection authority’s notification/ approval process prior to igniting any outdoor fire even if an air quality permit is not required.

Two types of commercial agricultural permits are available. Spot burn permits, which are available through the District, allow burning of up to 10 acres total area of unforeseen and unpredictable small areas such as small weed patches, spots of heavy residue, and equipment plugs and dumps.

Field burn permits are issued for any burning which is definable and predictable. Any individual burn area, which consists of over 10 contiguous acres, would be considered a field and requires a field permit. Permits are issued by the Dept. of Ecology. Applications are available at the District office.

Burn Fees Effective July 1st, 2012
Field Burns $3.75 per acre - $37.50 Minimum
Spot Burn Permits - $37.50

Please contact the ACCD offices:
Amanda Schmidt at 509-552-8098 (amandaaccd@cableone.net)


WEED Notes
Updated 10/15/14


Asotin County Conservation District
720 6th Street, Suite B
Clarkston, WA 99403-2012
Phone: (509) 552-8117

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