After 3 years since our first inquiry into Government-sponsored conservation programs, this month we are finally going to begin implementing conservation practices under the Conservation Reservation Enhancement Program. This program finances conservation improvements for riparian areas, including fencing, tree-planting and lease payments for land within the conservation zone. Our first project is 3/4 mile of fencing along Owen's Creek, including planting 920 Ash, Fir, Pine, Oak, and Willow trees. The project will keep livestock out of the creek, minimizing erosion, and encourage shade growing trees along the bank, thereby reducing water temperature in the creek and improving habitat for fish.
The above picture was taken in December, 2006 while scouting areas for the project. John is shown talking with some of the brave souls who know how to navigate Government programs.