Clatsop County landowners are treating their resources well these days, according to Dave Ambrose of the Clatsop Soil and Water Conservation District. CSWCD has recognized one such landowner with its Cooperator of the Year Award.

Mike Agalzoff, a part-time beef cattle rancher, has embarked on a project to restore about a quarter of a mile of riverfront from overgrazed pasture to a functioning streamside forest. With the help of grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Agalzoff installed livestock watering facilities and livestock fencing and planted native shrubs and trees to begin the process of creating a natural environment along the Lewis and Clark River. As the plants and trees mature, they will provide a better habitat for the river's salmon, steelhead and cutthroat and for a host of other wildlife, Ambrose stated.

Agalzoff has invested countless hours improving his water and land resources for his benefit and that of the wildlife that share the land, said Ambrose.

The Cooperator of the Year Award is given to landowners who have significantly contributed to improving the natural resources and water quality on their holdings.


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