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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. 

Duniway Middle School Students Volunteer at Miller Woods

Thank you Duniway Middle School students for volunteering at Miller Woods June 6, 7 & 8. The kids were divided into groups and were sent out with a volunteer where they engaged in trail work, native plant nursery tasks and weeding projects. So much was accomplished in a short amount of time and we appreciate their dedication and hard work. A big thank you to the Miller Woods volunteers and teachers who came alongside the kids. When you see the new mulch on the trails, the healthy plants in the nursery and the beautiful grounds, you can thank a Duniway student for a job well done!

June 20-26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week has been designated by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

“Pollinators bring us the wildflowers of spring, the berries of summer, the pumpkins we carve into jack-o’-lanterns in fall. Our dinner tables would be less enticing without them: approximately three-quarters of crop plant species need a bee or other pollinator, which translates to roughly one-third of the food and drink that we consume. More than 8 in 10 flowering plants rely on a pollinator for reproduction, plants which provide food and shelter for myriad other wildlife.” Mathew Shepherd, Xerces Society Blog.  

You can find wonderful resources at www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek and at www.xerces.org to help pollinators increase in numbers and stay healthy. You can also purchase the book Attracting Native Pollinators by the Xerces Society for $25 at the district office.

2016 Woodland Tour

The perfect weather and hundreds of enthusiastic 5th graders made for a great experience for everyone at the Cruickshank Woodland Tour May 11 and 12. Students from Yamhill county private and public schools along with volunteers, instructors, teachers and Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation district staff were on hand to share a rich outdoor, educational day in the woods.  Dave and Doris Cruickshank and their family have hosted the Cruickshank Woodland School on their Three Oaks Farm since 1961 and have served over 11,000 students. The contribution they have made to our youth cannot be quantified and we appreciate their willingness to contribute to the future of our community in this significant way!

The success of this event is dependent on the instructors and group leaders who willingly volunteer their time to come out and work with the kids. We appreciate each of them so much!

2016 Annual Earth Day Celebration

A BIG shout-out to the wonderful partners that helped make Earth Day a smashing success including, Head Start of  Yamhill County; Chemeketa Americorps Volunteers; Linfield Student Volunteers; Greater Yamhill Watershed Council and Watershed Education Adventures, Karen Hoyt and her Birds of Prey, Tom Brewster and his bird box station, and many, many wonderful volunteers. 

This year's annual Earth Day Celebration gave adults and children alike the opportunity to explore and reconnect with nature through a variety of hands-on experiences. During Karen Hoyt's popular presentation, guests were captivated by an up close and personal view of birds of prey. For those brave enough to hold creepy crawlies, there were snakes and salamanders ready to say 'Hello!' Many guests purchased native plants and built bird boxes to take home as a reminder to continue celebrating our Earth every day.

Thank you to Charles Hillestad for taking these amazing photos

       

 

WELCOME Sonya: Volunteer joins district staff as Miller Woods Property Manager

Sonya is no stranger to the district as she has been a dedicated volunteer at Miller Woods since 2006. Recognized at the District’s 2014 Annual Dinner for her service, Sonya has contributed over 5000 volunteer hours.

Born and raised near Orlando, Florida Sonya has made Oregon her home since 2003.  She loves the mild weather, being surrounded by trees and seeing mountains in the distance.  An avid outdoor adventurer she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, cooking and reading.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Her career includes working with runaway and homeless teens in California and later working in finance and office administration at OHSU in Portland.  

After her many years of dedicated service, she feels right at home as the Miller Woods Property Manager. Sonya can be reached by emailingyswcd.millerwoods@gmail.com or calling the district office at 503-472-6403.