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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. 

Fun & Informative Native Plant Walks August 27 and 29

Jeanie Taylor, owner of Taylor Gardens NW and long-time volunteer at Miller Woods, will be leading two fun native plant walks this month.

Saturday, August 27 from 11:30 am – 1 pm the group will look at ornamentals at Winter’s Hill Winery. (Wine tasting optional)

Monday, August 29 from 6 – 7:30 pm the group will stroll through the natural area at Miller Woods, highlighting plants one might see on a hike.

The walks will be easy and aimed at beginners, but interesting for those who have some knowledge of native plants. Jeanie will include fun facts and tips on growing natives in diverse landscapes with an emphasis on learning 10 plants on each walk.

Preregistration is required    |    Cost: $10 per person    |     Enrollment is limited to 10 people    |     Sign Up at www.TaylorGardensNW.com

See flyer for more details.

OSU Extension Small Farm School Coming September 15

OSU and Clackamas SWCD will be hosting the popular Small Farm School on September 15from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Workshops will be held at the Oregon City Campus of Clackamas Community College, Moomaw Family Farm in Oregon City and at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center. Small Farm School is a daylong event with hands-on and classroom workshops geared towards beginning farmers. Speakers include OSU Extension faculty, farmers, government agencies and other agriculture professionals. Classes include: Farm Business and Record Keeping; Cut Flowers; Growing Cider Apples; Raising Goats; Rotational Grazing and much more. Go to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school for a full list of classes and to register.

Yamhill and Polk Oak Restoration Garners National Attention

Oak restoration in Yamhill and Polk counties is gaining national attention as a model for success under USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

RCPP is a highly-competitive partnership program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program leverages federal investments with contributions from public and private partner organizations to achieve landscape-scale conservation results.

Members of the national RCPP review team toured oak restoration sites in Yamhill and Polk counties June 13 to see how RCPP funding is put into action by partners and landowners. Each year the RCPP review team evaluates and ranks RCPP proposals from across the country and decides which proposals to fund.

Yamhill County Fair August 3 - 6 - “Oregon’s Oldest Fair”

Did you know that the Yamhill County Fair is the oldest county fair in Oregon? The first fair in Yamhill County was October 7, 1854, and was held in Lafayette, Oregon. It was sponsored by the Yamhill County Agricultural Society, which formed in 1853. That first fair included bed quilts, butter, cheese, vegetables, cattle, sheep, hogs, farm implements, horses, mules and so much more.

Over the years there have been many changes to the county fair location and facilities. The current site was acquired by parcels over several years and buildings were added. The current location, just off of Highway 99W on Lafayette Avenue, is on 30 acres with housing for exhibits and animals as well as a show arena open year-round for shows and youth events.

This year’s fair has an all-star entertainment line up along with the carnival and lots of exhibitions. Go to http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/fair/ for more information.  

District Conservation Planner Visits Joan Austin Elementary School

Marie Vicksta, district Conservation Planner, was invited to Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg to talk about Soil Health and Erosion. Marie took advantage of the opportunity to share how everything the students came in contact with that morning came from the soil at some point. Her session was followed by Neyssa Hays with Watershed Education Adventures and staff member for the Greater Yamhill Watershed District. She brought out the microscopes, where the students were able to see first-hand the effects of healthy and unhealthy soil. Educating kids at this age is crucial and thank you to Marie and Neyssa for providing valuable information to our future generations!

   

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.