The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (District) is led by a locally elected board of directors whose responsibility is to plan and oversee the delivery of services and programs that help conserve and protect water and soil resources, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources in Yamhill County. The District is a unit of local government, and implements its programs and services in partnership with volunteers, non-profits, state and federal agencies, school districts and universities, watershed councils, landowners, and many others.
The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (District) has completed its forest management project at Miller Woods, and is making final preparations for opening Miller Woods on Wednesday, September 2nd. District staff members have been working closely with several dedicated volunteers to clear trails and prepare Miller Woods so it is safe and ready to accommodate hikers, runners, students, and other property visitors.
What Work Was Completed at Miller Woods?
The forest management project is part of the District’s long-range plan to create a mature and diverse forest at Miller Woods. The District contracted with Miller Timber Services of Philomath, Oregon, to remove lower quality trees and thin the overstocked tree stands to create proper spacing that will promote healthy tree growth. The work was completed using harvesting equipment and techniques that minimize soil compaction and disturbance to the forest floor, and protect wildlife habitat and water resources.
Eighteen Linfield students spent this morning up at Miller Woods clearing the trails and helping prepare the property for the re-opening at the end of the month. Linfield’s Serve Day sends students out to volunteer throughout McMinnville and we appreciate them choosing Miller Woods as one their choices. If you have a group that would enjoy volunteering at Miller Woods, we would love to have them. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-472-6403 and let’s set something up!
Small Farm School is a full day event with hands-on and classroom workshops for beginning farmers and small acreage rural landowners. The event will held on Saturday, September 12 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at Clackamas Community College.
Registration Fees are $75/person before September 1 and $85/person September 1 – 7.
Visit the Small Farm School Website to Register and see workshop course descriptions.
Presented by OSU Extension in cooperation with Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Community College
The District had an informational booth at the McMinnville Farmer’s Market on July 30th. The focus was on Water Conservation and many of you stopped by to pick up free brochures with tips on how to save water and were pleasantly surprised to receive a low flow showerhead compliments of McMinnville Water and Light.
Governor Kate Brown has declared July "Water Awareness Month." With 20 counties under emergency drought declarations and approximately 98 percent of the state experiencing drought, Governor Brown is directing all state agencies to assist the Oregon Water Resources Department in increasing awareness about Oregon's water resources challenges.
"I am asking all Oregonians to do their part to use water wisely," said Governor Brown. "Water is the foundation for local economies and ecosystems, and essential to the health and well-being of Oregonians. Drought is a slow moving disaster, adopting responsible water use practices now will help reduce the impact of drought for years to come."
The proclamation cites as causes for concern the lowest statewide snowpack level on record; the third warmest average temperature from January to May in the past 121 years; and below normal rainfall. The proclamation also recognizes some climate scientists' prediction that over the next 50 years Oregon is likely to lose most of its snowpack and become a rain dominated system.
Save the Date!
Detailed agenda coming soon.
The District held their annual budget hearing on June 10, 2015. Larry Ojua, Executive Director for the District, presented the 2015-16 budget as approved May 20th by the District’s Budget Committee. Following the hearing, having heard no recommended changes, the board voted to approve the proposed 2015-2016 annual budget.
Applications are now being accepted for the District’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This new USDA program focuses on restoration and protection of critical oak and prairie habitat in Yamhill and Polk counties. RCPP funds will be available for the next five years, with the first application deadline of June 19th.