About the District

Wheeler Soil & Water Conservation District

Wheeler Soil & Water Conservation District is located in north central Oregon’s Wheeler County. The county’s 1,715 square miles of terrain varies from deep river canyons edged in rimrock to high timbered mountains covered in pine and fir. Portions of the Ochoco and Umatilla National Forests lie within its boundaries, covering nearly one third of the county. The three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are located within Wheeler County. The county has three communities, Fossil, Mitchell, and Spray. The Wheeler Soil & Water Conservation District was formed December 3, 1963, with a Certificate of Organization issued by the Secretary of State on December 10, 1963. The purpose of the formation was to improve soil, water, and related resource development and utility through planning assistance and voluntary application of conservation measures on land throughout Wheeler County. The district is operated by a board of directors who are landowners, land managers, or reside within the county and have a commitment to conserving natural resources within the district. These board members are elected to four-year terms and serve on a volunteer basis. The SWCD staff provides technical assistance to landowners and operators regarding soil and water quality issues on their land. The staff also provides education and outreach to its members on various natural resource issues and topics.