The Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District (District) works to ensure that private lands in Eastern Lane County are managed to optimize productive, environmentally sound use and conservation of natural resources. One way we do this is by providing a regional forum for interested people, groups, and agencies to bring forward conservation needs currently not being met and help address those needs by linking people, power, technical assistance, and financial resources.
Over the last year the District has been developing a new strategic plan, and with that, a potential new revenue model that could expand the scope and scale of resources we can bring to bear for agriculture and conservation in Eastern Lane County. We are currently exploring both the feasibility and the need to ask the public to support a tax measure as a way to generate these resources.
The District wants to hear from community agriculture and conservation partners about the great work they are doing, discover if there are ways we can support and enhance that work, and understand if there are significant gaps in programming that the District could help address with new resources. Feedback from the community will help us finalize our strategic plan, identify an appropriate role for the District and any potential new resources, and inform campaign messaging if we decide to move forward with the tax base initiative.
The District hosted a series of community listening sessions to understand the landscape of current agricultural and conservation programming in Eastern Lane County, identify gaps in programming, and capture ideas for how we can help support existing programs and fill gaps with new resources if they become available. Each meeting focused on two program areas outlined in our updated strategic plan.
The Willamette Partnership prepared a summary of the community meetings. Read the summary here.
Interested community members can also share their information and ideas through an online survey.