The Union Soil and Water Conservation District, one of the 45 districts in Oregon, is a 501(c)(6) municipal corporation and form of local government governed under Oregon Revised Statue (ORS) 568.210-890 and ORS 568.900-933, the laws which govern state agencies and special districts. The USWCD was established in 1946 and is currently led by a five member, locally elected Board of Directors. The USWCD generally overlaps with the boundaries of the Upper Grande Ronde River Basin, and is divided into three zones. The Board of Directors is made up of one Director from each zone and two at-large Directors. Please see the District map on the zone map page for the individual zones.
The mission of the Union Soil and Water Conservation District is to assist and educate interested landowners in the development, protection, and conservation of natural resources.
- Wise use of natural resources to balance production with conservation.
- Local people making local decisions to achieve conservation.
- Voluntary initiatives over regulatory mandates.
- Efficient and effective use of public resources.
- Projects are partnerships in which everyone contributes, everyone benefits.