Black Soil

Priorities

Hover over each element to learn more about Dean's priorities as a SWCD Director.

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Dean will listen to farmers, foresters, urban residents, and community groups to hear their concerns and their ideas.

Listen

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Let's continue to plant trees along streams, conserve water, reduce erosion, make forests more resilient. Plus, more can be done to help folks sequester carbon in soil, adapt to a changing climate, establish diverse forests on suitable sites, improve pollinator and songbird habitat, and maintain the viability of family farms and forests.

Key resource concerns

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The Tualatin SWCD has helped farmers and family forest owners implement excellent conservation projects and made a great start on offering services to urban / suburban folks. It's important to help ALL residents of Washington County conserve resources.

Help rural AND urban residents

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Let's explore ways students of color can work alongside staff, learn about conservation, and develop job skills that translate into good full-time jobs. Also, the SWCD should actively recruit people from historically underserved communities to participate in planning District programs and consider running for the Board.

Diversity, equity, inclusion