Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers has been awarded a 2011 Oregon 319 Grant from the State of Oregon Department Department of Environmental Quality for a project titled "Hood River Valley Codling Moth Management." This project involves 1200 acres owned and operated by 20 growers in the Dee Flat and Odell area of Hood River. The starting date for the grant was March 1, 2012 and the completion date is October 2012. The objective of the grant is to significantly reduce the amount of organophosphates used for codling moth control through an intense monitoring and mating disruption program. This project will serve as a model for the remaining 14,000 acres of tree fruit orchards in the Hood River Valley.
Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers has been awarded a 2010 Specialty Crop Grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture for a project titled "Controlling Orchard Pests on Non-Commercial Hosts in the Columbia Gorge." This project presents a key element for maintaining the viability of important exports markets for fruit crops grown in the Columbia Gorge. Access to those markets is threatened by pest infestations in commercial orchards from unmanaged non-commercial host trees. This project addresses those threats by promoting voluntary removal of unmanaged homeowner and wild seedling fruit trees and improved management on remaining trees. An intensive outreach program and an incentive program will support those outcomes. The grant completion date is September 30, 2012.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs awarded a grant to CGFG for a Riparian Planting project. Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers is working with member orchardists who have waterways through or adjacent to their property. The waterways are surveyed to determine if there is sufficient vegetation along the waterway to protect it from pesticide drift and provide optimum fish habitat (if applicable). This grant is effective March1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.