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Central Klickitat Conservation District (CKCD) was awarded a grant of $158,108.00 from the Family Forest Fish Passage Program. The grant was awarded by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB), a division of the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), and will be used for the following:
CKCD is sponsoring this fish passage project on Jenkins Creek, which is a tributary to the Little Klickitat River. This private forest land road has four corrugated steel culverts, all approximately 4’ in diameter, which block upstream passage by salmonids. These culverts will be removed and replaced with a 50’ long steel bridge. Correction of this barrier will improve access to 7.97 miles of high quality spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead and resident trout.
Each application submitted for consideration in the FFFPP goes through an evaluation process prior to being recommended for funding.
Contacts: Jim Hill, CKCD 509-773-5823 x 5 (sponsor project manager)
David Caudill, RCO 360-902-2649 (SRFB project manager)
I am involved in a project that I think you and your colleagues, friends, and neighbors would be interested in. I am helping develop a documentary film about sustainable agriculture in Washington State called “The Perpetual Farm.” To finish the project, we have launched an online Kickstarter campaign with the goal to raise $5,000 or more before the end of the year!
Here’s the link to the campaign, which includes a short video about the project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2116000840/the-perpetual-farm-documentary-film-project
Successful Kickstarter campaigns require substantial outreach. Please consider broadcasting the Kickstarter campaign link to your contacts!
Below is more background information:
The following members of Class 33 of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) leadership development program are finishing an important project: Aaron Penvose, project manager with Trout Unlimited Washington Water Project; Travis Meacham, production manager with Friehe Farms. Tova Tillinghast, district manager for the Underwood Conservation District; Richard Hilliker, forestry sales manager for Trimble Navigation Limited; and Kevin Judkins, nursery manager for Inland Desert Nursery Inc. North40 is a national-award-winning, fully digital, high definition video production house out of Wenatchee, Washington, specializing in commercial and documentary film production (http://www.north40productions.com).
“The Perpetual Farm” will be a 27-minute educational documentary that poses the question, “Can we farm forever?” It is designed to stimulate thinking among both producers and consumers about what it really means, in practical terms, to grow food sustainably. We will depict victories and accomplishments alongside the failures and frustrations as farmers try to make lasting changes that not only are better for society and the environment, but more economically viable. The film will be submitted for broadcast consideration, distributed online and made available for purchase to libraries, schools, colleges and universities.
Filming was completed this fall at the four featured farms: Prosser Farm, Oasis Farms, Badger Mountain Vineyards, and Watts Bros. Over $40,000 to date has been raised and one last push is needed to complete the documentary.
Any donation of $30 or more will receive a DVD of the finished film when complete. There are additional levels of support for you to consider; just take a look at the campaign website to learn more: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2116000840/the-perpetual-farm-documentary-film-project.
Will you help our AgForestry team complete this important film?
Thank you for the consideration!
Tova B. Tillinghast
Underwood Conservation District
170 NW Lincoln St., PO Box 96,
White Salmon, WA 98672
WSU Extension has just launched their new “Forest Stewardship University” a series of 20 on-line educational modules for family forest owners. More topics will be added as time progresses. Go to: http://extension.wsu.edu/forestry/fsu/Pages/default.aspx
(Alternatively, go to forestry.wsu.edu and type “Forest Stewardship University” in the search box).
For a small fee, you’ll be able to access the modules of your choice for a 30-day period. Modules are available individually or in topical groups. The modules include many of the topics presented at the highly popular Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Shortcourses which are conducted at locations across the state each spring and fall.
Do you own and care for farm or forest land? If so, you probably have strong feelings about leaving your land in good condition for the future. Succession Planning—the human side of Estate Planning—focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key challenges facing family businesses, and motivating families to address those challenges. Working as a family, you will receive information about legal and economic aspects of transferring forest lands from one generation to the next. This all-day workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises to help families develop techniques needed to address tough issues. Registration Fee is $45 per family or ownership. This includes “Ties to the Land” an award-winning curriculum developed by leading estate planning experts at Oregon State University Extension and the Austin Family Business Program. The workbook and companion DVD are designed to help families continue to improve and direct their communications and planning at home. For more information and to view all upcoming events, please visit http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry or contact Andy Perleberg, WSU Extension Forester, (509) 667-6540; email@example.com . Dates and locations are still to be determined. Locations of the workshop will likely be in the vicinity of Bremerton, Port Angeles, Chehalis, Vancouver, Olympia, Willapa or Gray’s Harbor, Everett, Mt. Vernon, Deming, Issaquah, Usk, Dayton, Asotin, Leavenworth, Spokane, Kettle Falls, Tonasket, Okanogan, Ellensburg, White Salmon, and Chewelah or Deer Park. The workshops are sponsored by WSU Extension, the DNR Forest Stewardship Program, and the US Forest Service State and Private Programs. Steve Stinson from the Family Forest Foundation is facilitating the event.
Created by the Washington State Legislature in the Local Farms-Healthy Kids Act of 2008, the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-School Program is dedicated to fostering relationships between schools and agricultural producers in the state. Their goal is to support expanding economic opportunities for farmers while educating students about the connections between food, farming, health, and the environment. The program provides information, inspiration, assistance, and policy solutions for those working to supply healthy, Washington-grown food and related education to youth in our state. Partners include the Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, WSU Small Farms Team, and various commodity commissions.
For more information on the Farm-to-School Program, phone (206)256-6151, visit www.agr.wa.gov/farmtoschool, or e-mail FarmtoSchool@agr.wa.gov.
Here’s something fun -
Check out the National Tree Benefit Calculator web site to get an estimation of the environmental and economic benefits provided by the trees on your property. Six different values are assessed, including storm water interception, property value, and CO2 reduction.
“USDA Farm Bill: What is in it for Woodland Owners?” can be viewed on the NACD web site, http://www.nacdnet.org/news/publications/forestrynotes/reports/farm_bill_for_woodland_owners.pdf
Backyard Woods provides a guide and tip sheets on how small acreage owners can enhance the scenery in their backyard woods, provide habitat for wildlife, and utilize the land as an extra source of income. This is a joint program of the US Forest Service, National Association of Conservation Districts, and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Click on the link to visit the Backyard Woods web site.