2007 Fall Newsletter

We’ve Always Been Green!

Let us help you prepare for Spring 2008!

We can help with:

  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Soil Erosion Control ideas
  • Irrigation Systems Evaluation

Need help with farm planning? We can answer your questions on:

  • Suitable Crop Types to Plant
  • Seeding Rates
  • Crop/Landscape
  • Water Requirements, etc.
Call us at 530-885-3046 ext. 119

Meet the New Crew at PCRCD

Two new employees have joined us this fall. Leah Phillips is the new GIS Coordinator and Jane Keillor is the new Administrative Assistant.

Leah was born and raised in Parkton, Maryland and received a B.S. degree from Colorado State University in Natural Resource Management and an M.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Maine.

Leah Phillips

Her previous experience includes having served as a Forestry Technician for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and as a private Forestry Consultant while in Maine. She also worked as a GIS Technician for a surveying and mapping company when living in New Mexico.

Most recently, Leah was employed as a GIS Analyst for the Sanborn Map Company in Sacramento. There she worked onsite for the Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) as a part of the CAL FIRE team.

With her 16-month-old son, Trayton, Leah enjoys hiking and exploring the forests of Northern California, especially in the Lake Tahoe region.

Leah is looking forward to performing various GIS tasks working also with Nevada County RCD, El Dorado County RCD, Georgetown Divide RCD, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Jane Keillor

Jane Keillor, our Administrative Assistant, is a native Californian and comes to us with an extensive background in both county government and in the banking and lending industries.

A recent graduate of CSU, Sacramento, Jane received a Bachelors Degree in Vocational Education and holds a California Teaching Credential as an adult educator and as a substitute teacher K-8.

In addition to working part-time for the district performing administrative and organizational tasks, she is also pursuing her teaching interests. Hobbies include surfing the net, traveling and spoiling her grandkids!

Welcome to the Placer County RCD!

NEWS FLASH! Did you know?
PCRCD received the Conservation Star Award in 2007 for its contribution to the California Association of RCDs? Way to go!

Fall Report From NRCS

Working in collaboration with the Placer County RCD, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has had a positive impact on the direction that conservation has taken in Placer County, primarily through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), by providing technical and financial assistance to local landowners and agricultural producers.

Last year, NRCS contracted $478,000 to install conservation practices on private lands that have improved forest health, reduced the potential for wildfire, created better wildlife habitat, increased irrigation efficiency and forage production.

In addition to those directly benefiting from financial assistance, NRCS has helped hundreds of others with technical conservation recommendations and guidance for everything from soil erosion, forestry, irrigation and grazing, to soils surveys and aerial photo information.

NRCS continues to work with the RCD and other groups in order to promote the idea of “Conservation, One Acre at Time, Because Every Acre Counts!”

Red Sesbania Project Is a Huge Success!

The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) conducted an invasive plant control program for Red Sesbania (Sesbania punicea) in the Dry Creek watershed from 2004 to 2006. The project is known as the Dry Creek Watershed Red Sesbania Control Project, Phase I (DCWRSCP).

The DCWRSCP was funded by a California Department of Water Resources Proposition 13 Flood Protection Corridor Program grant administered by SAFCA.

In 2007, the maintenance phase of the removal program was funded through a partnership between SAFCA, Sacramento County, Placer County, and the Cities of Sacramento and Roseville, in an effort to reduce the potential for flooding in Dry Creek and to improve wildlife habitat in the watershed.

The goal is to continue to remove and control seedlings of the Red Sesbania invasive plant.

The DCWRSCP is considered a successful project. Nearly 100% of the mature Red Sesbania was removed from the project area, and seedlings and re-sprouts were treated, resulting in 99% removal of the plant from the watershed at the end of the contract period in October 2007.

These successes are a result of the hard work of an experienced contractor and the oversight of a conscientious, problem-solving program management team. Good job!!

All RCD, NRCS and USDA programs and services are available without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status or handicap.