Spring/Summer Edition: 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

Placer County Ag Tour

What could be better than fresh air, tall pines, sunshine and perfect weather? It would have to be enjoying all of these things at the annual Placer County Ag Tour.

Bill Cozad at the Seed Orchard

Bill Cozad at the Seed Orchard

The theme of the tour, held in Foresthill, was “Can you See the Agriculture Through the Forest?” and, as the day progressed, we understood the significance of this year’s theme.

The first stop was Brushy Creek Ranch and Nursery. Greeted by owners, Ben and Phyllis Espinoza, participants enjoyed a self-guided tour of the colorful and fragrant gardens where deer resistant plants are featured and are on sale to the public.

A Day in the Forest

A Day in the Forest

Next, it was on to the U.S. Forest Service “Seed Orchard” just past the town of Foresthill. The Forest Service and Sierra Pacific Industries explained their important roles in maintaining the forest.

The final stop was Snowy Peaks Christmas Tree and U-pick Strawberry Farm. Ginger and Jim Armstrong kept our attention as they explained their operations. The products showcased are available to the public at the local Farmers’ Market.

After the tour, attendees enjoyed a lunch of “Placer Grown” products and heard Larry Jordon speak about methods of “Fuel Load Reduction.”

A special thanks to all who made this event possible. See you next year!

Red Sesbania Project

The Dry Creek Red Sesbania project is in full swing. Botanist Ramona Robison is pictured here monitoring and collecting data on this invasive species that infests watersheds in Placer and Sacramento counties. The eradication began at the top of the watershed in Granite Bay and extends downstream to Rio Linda. If you would like more information on the project, call us at 885-3046, ext. 118.

NRCS Offers Assistance

Hard at work on local properties

The finished product!

The finished product!

Through the 2008 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS provided technical and financial assistance to seventeen local landowners and agricultural producers, contracting $240,170 to install conservation practices on 218 acres of private lands in Placer County. The contracts included 12 forestry projects, 3 irrigation plans and 2 pasture projects, with the cost ranging from $500 to almost $32,000. These competed projects will improve forest health, reduce the potential for wildfire, create better wildlife habitat, and increase irrigation efficiency and forage production.

NRCS is also offering Conservation Planning to the landowners in Placer County. A Conservation Plan includes aerial photos, soils information and maps, as well as recommendations and guidelines to enhance resources. Contact the NRCS Placer County office at 530-885-6505 for assistance.

Contest Announced

The Placer County RCD announces the 2008 California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) Annual Speak-Off Contest.

The topic this year is “The RCD’s Role in Wildfire Recovery and Restoration”. If you are interested in agriculture, resource conservation or the environment, and you were in the 9th–12th grade levels in June 2008, this is the contest for you!

The local competition will be held in September. Continuing competitors will speak at the Central Sierra Region CARCD meeting in the fall. If selected at the regional level, you will have the opportunity to represent your school, your county, and the RCD at the CARCD annual meeting in November.

Applications are due no later than September 3, 2008. Contact Jane Keillor at 530-885-3046, ext. 119, for more information.

Welcome

Ryan Bellanca

The RCD welcomes our newest employee, Ryan Bellanca! Ryan is our new GIS Specialist. He can be reached at (530) 885-3046, ext. 122.

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