By , 10 November, 2008, No Comment

The District meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm (except February when it follows their annual meeting) at the district office in the USDA Service Center in Goldendale. The public is welcome to attend.

The CKCD is a proud member of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts.

Office Closed for Labor Day

By , 29 August, 2014, No Comment

The district office will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.    We will be closing early on Friday, August 29, because the USDA building in which we are located will be closing early.


By , 28 August, 2014, No Comment

Click on the link below to view the Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 30 Thermal Refuge and Aquatic Habitat Assessment report, which was funded by Central Klickitat CD using a grant from the WA Department of Ecology.


Summer 2014 Newsletter

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To view as a pdf, click Summer 2014

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4th of July Holiday

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Central and Eastern Klickitat Conservation Districts will be closed Friday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.  If the USDA Service Center closes early on Thursday, July 3rd, we will be closed then, also.

July Board Meeting

By , 2 July, 2014, No Comment

The CKCD Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, July 15th at 5:00 p.m., at the district office in Goldendale.  The public is welcome.

July 2014 Agenda

Office of Farmland Preservation – June/July newsletter

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June Board Meeting

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The June board meeting will be held Thursday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the district office.   Click below to view the agenda.

June 19 2014 Agenda

New app lets public report and aid battle against invasive species – The Goldendale Sentinel

By , 11 June, 2014, No Comment

If you see an infestation of giant hogweed or a creature that looks like a wild pig but isn’t, who should you call? The Washington’s Invasive Species

via New app lets public report and aid battle against invasive species – The Goldendale Sentinel.

USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

By , 6 June, 2014, No Comment

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).

“CRP is one of the largest voluntary conservation programs in the country,” said Vilsack. “This initiative helps farmers and ranchers lead the nation in preventing soil erosion, improving water quality and restoring wildlife habitat, all of which will make a difference for future generations.”

Vilsack continued, “The average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States is 58 years, and twice as many are 65 or older compared to those 45 or younger. The cost of buying land is one of the biggest barriers to many interested in getting started in agriculture. The Transition Incentives Program is very useful as we work to help new farmers and ranchers get started.”

The Conservation Reserve Program provides incentives to producers who utilize conservation methods on environmentally-sensitive lands. For example, farmers are monetarily compensated for establishing long-term vegetative species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat.

CRP consists of a “continuous” and “general” sign-up period. Continuous sign up for the voluntary program starts June 9. Under continuous sign-up authority, eligible land can be enrolled in CRP at any time with contracts of up to 10 to 15 years in duration. In lieu of a general sign-up this year, USDA will allow producers with general CRP contracts expiring this September to have the option of a one-year contract extension. USDA will also implement the 2014 Farm Bill’s requirement that producers enrolled through general sign-up for more than five years can exercise the option to opt-out of the program if certain other conditions are met. In addition, the new grassland provisions, which will allow producers to graze their enrolled land, will enable producers to do so with more flexibility.

The Transition Incentives Program provides two additional years of payments for retired farmers and ranchers who transition expiring CRP acres to socially disadvantaged, military veteran, or beginning producers who return the land to sustainable grazing or crop production. Sign up will also begin June 9. TIP funding was increased by more than 30 percent in the 2014 Farm Bill, providing up to $33 million through 2018.

As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, participants meeting specific qualifications may have the opportunity to terminate their CRP contract during fiscal year 2015 if the contract has been in effect for a minimum of five years and if other conditions are also met.
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers CRP, will coordinate the various CRP program opportunities. For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA county office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov.

Both the CRP and TIP were reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Two Videos from Washington Conservation Districts Selected to Screen at Pacific Northwest Film Event

By , 22 April, 2014, No Comment

Two videos submitted by conservation districts in Washington State will screen at “Stories of Our Watersheds”—a film event hosted by River Restoration Northwest. The event takes place on May 7, 2014 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon.

A video from Asotin County Conservation District highlights examples of “best management practices” for land use that balance the goals of natural resource conservation with goals of agriculture. In candid interviews, local farmers and livestock owners describe how the conservation district helped them implement practices that improve water quality, protect steelhead, and conserve resources for future generations while still allowing for viable agricultural production.

The second video, submitted by Spokane Conservation District and Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District, features large tract farmers in eastern Washington discussing the value of sustainable farming practices that protect topsoil. Farmers describe the experience of watching the health of their soil improve when they transitioned from conventional tillage practices to direct seed and no-till equipment that eliminates erosion and nutrient runoff.