|Adams Soil & Water
Adams County, Idaho
203 S. Galena St.
Council, ID 83612
P.O. Box 26
Council, ID 83612
ASWCD is an equal
Rock barbs and riparian vegetation protect the bank of the Little Weiser River in Indian
Valley. This photograph was taken less than one year after barbs were installed and shrubs
were planted on the eroding bank.
Save the date--and save your soil!
Mark your calendar for the 9th annual Soil Health Symposium,
coming to the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. February 15, 2018.
This all-day seminar will feature Dr. David Montgomery,
geomorphologist from the University of Washington; Dr. Olga Walsh,
agronomist in cropping systems from the University of Idaho; Shaun
Nield from NRCS; and Joel Packman from UI plus panels of local
producers sharing what they've learned about "Bringing Our Soil
Back to Life."
See you in Ontario the day after Valentine's Day. Registration is just
$25 in advance or $30 at the door. Click here to download a
Click here to view the October 2017 ASWCD newsletter.
New grant will help landowners
protect property on upper Weiser River
If you live on the upper Weiser River in Adams County, ASWCD may
be able to help you reduce erosion on your property. The District has
received a new 319 grant to help pay for stream bank stabilization on
the main Weiser River from Fruitvale downstream to Goodrich near
the county line.
If you want to stop your soil from washing away while improving water
quality and wildlife habitat, contact us to learn about this cost-share
opportunity. Funds and time are limited, so call now: 253-4668.
Skillathon competition challenges 4-H and FFA youth to test
their rangeland knowledge and skills
ASWCD once again teamed with the University of Idaho
Extension/Adams County, Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission
and other partners to offer the Idaho Rangeland Skillathon and
Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) for Idaho students.
Competition was held June 3rd and 4th at McCall Outdoor Science
School. Click here to learn about WHEP and how you can get
involved in next year's Skillathon, or call the Adams County Extension
office at 208-253-4279 for more information.
Growing future conservationists, one camper at a time
Middle school students from around the state gather near Sun Valley
each summer to learn about Idaho's natural resources. Your child
could be among them, and we'll pick up the tab!
ASWCD offers an annual scholarship for Natural Resources Camp at
the Central Idaho 4-H Camp north of Ketchum. Adams County
students ages 12-14 are eligible. Click here for more details.
To earn a scholarship to next summer's camp experience, interested
students should write a letter to ASWCD, telling us why they want to
attend camp and what they hope to learn. Entries are due by April
30, 2018. They can be mailed or e-mailed to ASWCD (see contact
info in right-hand column).
Little Weiser landowner accomplishments
There is less sediment flowing down the Little Weiser River today and
more acres of pasture and hay ground are staying put, thanks to the
voluntary stream bank restoration efforts of local landowners.
“We have wrapped up the second phase of a nearly decade-long
project to reduce bank loss along the Little Weiser River,” explained
Julie Burkhardt, chair of the Adams SWCD. “Over the last eight
years, landowners have voluntarily implemented best management
practices to stop bank loss and reduce the sediment load in the Little
Weiser by well over 2,000 tons per year.”
More than twenty projects were completed through Phase 1 and 2 of
the Little Weiser Stream Bank Restoration Project. Landowners have
stabilized 5089 feet of stream bank and installed 4229 feet of fence
to protect riparian vegetation. Read more.
Ranching for livestock and wildlife: See how Idaho rancher Jared
Brackett is managing his resources to produce cattle and preserve
sage grouse in core sage grouse habitat in this Life on the Range
segment from the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission.
Adams Soil & Water Conservation District