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. 

Woodland Ponds Workshop

You are invited to attend a Woodlands Pond Workshop at the Miller Woods Conference Room on Monday, October 19th from 9:00am to Noon. Steve Bowers, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Specialist and author of the Woodland Ponds book, will be the Instructor. This workshop will cover the practical aspects of starting and maintaining a pond on your property. Cost is $10 and includes a copy of the Woodland Ponds book. See the attached flyer for details and to rsvp.

Volunteers Help Rebuild Bridge at Miller Woods

Volunteers gathered at Miller Woods on September 14, 2015 to lend a helping hand to rebuild a bridge on one of the trails.  James Riedman, Miller Woods property manager, was very grateful for the help and sends a big thank you to Paul Spencer, Brad Smith, Jim Culbert, Dave Riedman and Dave Parker. Our volunteers are key partners at Miller Woods and we appreciate ALL the time and hard work they dedicate to keeping this property beautiful and environmentally pristine.

Miller Woods Will Be Opening Soon! Message from Larry Ojua

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.

Thank You Linfield Students for Volunteering at Miller Woods

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 yamhillswcd@frontier.com or call 503-472-6403 and let’s set something up!  


OSU Extension 2015 Small Farm School Enrollment Now Open

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