April 27, 2012. Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will be participating in a tour of ranch/small woodlands operations organized by and for the Mid-Coast TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Advisory Committee on today, Friday April 27th at 9 am. This tour will focus on streamside fencing and vegetation and offer tangible examples of work being done to promote desired vegetation growth and stream protection by ranchers and woodland owners.

A variety of state agency officials, landowners, county and federal officials will make the visit to Lincoln City with over 80 RSVPs thus far. A goal of this tour is to educate the advisory committee on the work being done on the ground in the area of water stewardship, protection of riparian areas and careful management of land to prevent undue water pollution. Often, ranchers and landowners do this conservation work without assistance from outside organizations. However, these projects are making a direct and positive impact to the environmental integrity of the land.

During the period of 2009-2011, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in Oregon reported the following accomplishments in conjunction with farmers and ranchers:

  • 750 acres of riparian restoration
  • 295,000 feet of fencing
  • 11,921 acres of no-till and other conservation cropping strategies
  • 192,270 feet of erosion control terraces
  • 4,600 acres of efficient irrigation water management

To learn more about presentation, speakers and landowners, please contact Kay Teisl, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, at 503-361-8941 or via email at kayteisl@orcattle.com.