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South Douglas Conservation District Programs

  1. Cost Share Program – We fund projects within the district that help promote conservation. These Best Management Practices can be windbreaks, dams and terraces, improved irrigation systems, livestock projects, wildlife plantings, etc. We fund the projects at 50-75% of your costs, including your labor.
  2. Firewise Program – throughout Douglas County. The wildfires the last few years have emphasized the need to protect yourself and the environment around you. We have available education materials and resources to teach you what you can do.
    a. Firewise Assessments – free to you. Staff will come out and determine where you could improve your fire safety and prevent fires from spreading.
    b. Address signs – free blue reflective address signs, primarily for rural residents to show emergency vehicles where your house is.
    c. If requested, we can organize a neighborhood thinning and disposal of shrubs and trees to decrease fire danger in your community.
  3. NCW Fair Poster Contest – Three categories, Junior (3-5th grade), Intermediate(6-8th grade) and Senior(9-12th grade) will be open. The poster will represent agriculture that is found in Douglas County – grain, orchard, livestock, vineyards- and will be judged on clarity, originality, and presentation. Remember that many fairgoers are “city folk” and have no idea that their bread starts with wheat grown in Douglas County, not the Safeway store. $100 first prize in each division will be awarded. Look for details in the Fair Premium book.
  4. NCW Envirothon – Sponsored by area Conservation Districts, this is a competition between area high school students on natural resources. Water, soil, forestry, wildlife and a current event are the topics covered. We are always looking for volunteers to help –it is great to get outside and see the excitement the students have for learning.
  5. NCW Fair Booth – in the Horticulture Building, displays of current projects, updates on coming events, education.