Welcome!

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. 

THANK YOU JACKSON FAMILY WINES

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District would like to express a huge THANK YOU to  Jackson Family Wines, for sending an unbelievable vineyard crew to work in the Native Plant Nursery at Miller Woods. The timing was perfect as the district needed help planting their bare root plants into pots for the “grow out” process.

Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon Class

Get better acquainted with the local flora of this region and learn about the many ways the Native people of Western Oregon utilized these plants. Greg Archuleta, member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, will share the history and the importance of our native plants to the Tribes of our region.

Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Place: Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center

Clark Hall | 5390 4-H Road NW, Salem

Fee: $15 (includes light snacks and beverages)

Limited Space! Register Online! 

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FARMING COMMUMNITY INPUT NEEDED AT LOCAL WORK GROUP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2017

It’s that time of year again and the Local Work Group (LWG) meeting is approaching. What is this LWG meeting, and why is it important? It is the farming community’s opportunity to inject local insight into the application of Farm Bill programs in Yamhill County. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) utilizes the annual local LWG meeting to solicit input, and in turn requests appropriate grants for Farm Bill funds. This is your opportunity to let us know what programs you would like to see and to share your ideas. 

Yamhill County currently has two grant fund-pools for conservation funding. One of these Farm Bill grants is focused on improving water quality and fish habitat in the lower stretches of the Yamhill River. This fund-pool can be used for converting to no-till systems, planting of cover crops, and improving the efficiency of irrigation systems. The other available Farm Bill grant is a forestry fund-pool, which focuses on improving forest diversity, and improving wildlife habitat. These fund-pools have associated focus areas which are displayed on the map lower right in designated colors.

What kind of input are we seeking?

GARLIC MUSTARD FOUND IN YAMHILL COUNTY FOR FIRST TIME

For the first time ever, the district has found garlic mustard in Yamhill County. It is a Class A noxious weed in Oregon and other states and is now showing its ugly head in Yamhill County. Garlic mustard is a groundcover that can grow in established forests, wetlands, disturbed soil, and people’s yards. Once established, garlic mustard exudes a chemical which impedes shrub and tree establishment and hinders natural forest regeneration. View the  attached informational flyer prepared by Jim Robison, West Multnomah SWCD as a project for Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington Counties Cooperative Weed Management Area for details on recognizing and eradicating this weed in our county.

If you find garlic mustard on your property, please call Michael Crabtree at 503-472-6403 or email michael@yamhillswcd.org

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Unlocking Secrets to Soil Health Class in Organic Systems

January 17, 2017
8:00 am – 12:30 pm (refreshments)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Optional Ask the Experts Brown Bag (Bring your lunch) 

You are invited to attend a free class on unlocking the secrets to soil health in organic systems at the OSU Research and Extension in Aurora.  The presentations and discussions will focus on field operations and their impacts on pest and nutrient management helping growers work to achieve the soil health principle of reducing disturbance in organic systems. 

See attached flyer for details and location.

Succession Planning Workshop Series

$50 Per Family 

January 17th, 2017 & February 28th, 2017

Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. By creating a succession plan, a family’s vision and intentions for their land can be addressed and implemented purposefully. Join Polk SWCD for this workshop series to learn more about succession planning and leaving a legacy for your family.

See attached flyer for details.