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.

“Native white oak habitat is quickly disappearing in the Willamette Valley, with only one to five percent of historic oak stands remaining,” said Amie Loop-Frison, a habitat conservationist with the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). “This is highly valuable wildlife habitat; more than 200 species depend on it.”

In the first two years of the project, 12 landowners have signed contracts with NRCS to receive financial incentives for oak restoration work. While NRCS provides the financial assistance, SWCD staff are helping landowners with science-based guidance and technical assistance.

The Yamhill SWCD and NRCS serve as the lead partners on the project. Additional partner groups include the Polk SWCD, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Trust for Public Lands, the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, The Nature Conservancy, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Amie Loop-Frisson can be reached at amie.loop-frison@or.nacdnet.net

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.

Time to Tanglebox! 2016

Great Family Fun For All Ages!

2016 season is from June 18 – September 18

What is Tangleboxing? It is an outdoor summertime treasure hunt! Follow the clues, find the boxes, record your discoveries and compete for prizes – gather your friends and family and join the fun!