Wallowa Resources Stewardship Center is a hub where Wallowa County agricultural and natural resources businesses/services in agriculture work and meet. The Stewardship Center houses Wallowa Resources itself and branches of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service District, and Schwabe-Williamson-Wyatt, a Portland-based law firm with notable expertise in environment and water law. EnergyTrust of Oregon is in the north wing, while a branch of The Freshwater Trust, a Portland-based nonprofit that restores Oregon's rivers and endangered salmonids, has an office in the east wing. Building Healthy Families moved into the south wing.
The facility was originally a community hospital. Rather than tear down on old building, we renovated it to reduce energy consumption and create meeting rooms and office suites. The solar panels on the south-facing roof offset energy expenses. In the decade after their installation, the solar panels will create a net cash benefit of approximately $26,500 for the Center. Plans are underway to add a biomass boiler system to further maximize use of local energy.
A grant from the Pacific Power Foundation funded the Center's information technology center (ITC), which enables visual/audio linkages that save time and travel to meetings and educational offerings.
This spring, Pacific Power Foundation awarded Wallowa Resources a $4,000 grant to support renovations at the Center to accommodate participants in the Visiting Scholars Program (VSP). The money paid for a new water heater in the newly rennovated wing, which housed four Visiting Scholars from multiple universities in the summer of 2014.
For information on available office space in the Wallowa Resources Stewardship Center or other questions, please contact Larry Nall.