Soil & Water Conservation District - Protecting Natural Resources
Looking to the future....
We are excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with our farmers, ranchers and forest stewards here in Umatilla County through their continued commitment to voluntary conservation. We strive to assist in strategic implementation of conservation practices while developing and protecting natural resources. We are committed to providing educational, technical and financial assistance to benefit the residents of Umatilla County and enable them to reach their individual resource and conservation goals.
Kyle Waggoner - District Manager
Kyle enjoys working with farmers and ranchers, helping them implement programs and strategies to achieve their individual resource goals. Kyle values conservation and believes his work makes a difference for the farmers and ranchers of Umatilla County.
In addition to managing the District, Kyle provides technical assistance, writes grants, and assists with outreach activities. Contact Kyle if you have general business inquiries or if you have an idea for a project.
When not in the office, Kyle and his beautiful wife Heather can be found working on the family ranch, hunting, fishing, camping, or sailing in the great outdoors.
(541)278-8049 ext. 138
Rachel Nash - Conservation Specialist
Rachel joined the Umatilla County SWCD as a Conservation Specialist in March of 2018. As a Conservation Specialist, Rachel works with landowners within a Strategic Implementation Area (SIA) aimed at the McKay Creek, Birch Creek, and Stewart Creek watershed. This includes providing technical assistance for projects that benefit water quality, as well as grant writing support to help fund these projects. Rachel also took the lead in developing the local water quality monitoring program for the SIA. In addition, Rachel organizes and coordinates the annual Watershed Field Days event held every spring in Umatilla and Morrow Counties.
Rachel has extensive field experience in natural resources data and sample collection, having worked with federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, research universities, and an environmental consulting company. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Science degree in soil and plant ecology from the University of Western Ontario.
Shiloh has been with the district since March 2018. As a CREP planner, Shiloh is responsible for providing landowners with technical assistance in planning, implementing and monitoring of streamside restoration projects through the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. In addition, Shiloh is happy to answer any general inquiries landowners may have about their riparian areas.
Before coming to work for the district Shiloh worked for the Bureau of Reclamation Columbia/Snake Salmon Recovery Office where she assisted in fisheries monitoring and habitat restoration efforts. Shiloh holds a bachelor’s degree in ecological biology from Eastern Oregon University.