NCRS Program For Smudge Pot Removal Entering Final Months

A Natural Resources Conservation Service program to encourage Hood River County orchardists to remove their smudge pots is entering its final two months.  NRCS District Conservationist Carly Heron says the program to help improve air quality in the area has been in existence since 2015, and she estimates about at this point 75 to 80 percent of County orchard lands do not use smudge pots.  Heron notes the program doesn’t dictate how an orchardist replaces the smudge pots, it just provides the monetary incentive to get rid of them.  The smudge pot removal program runs through March 15.  For application information, Hood River County orchardists should call 541-352-1037.

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