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Thank You Jackson Family Wines Volunteers!

We would like to sincerely thank the volunteers of Jackson Family Wines for donating their time at Miller Woods. The team came ready to work and were able to perform needed maintenance on a mile of trail, painted the inside and outside of the KT Corral building (pictured left) and stained the outside of the conference center.

Their volunteer crews have dedicated hours and hours at Miller Woods and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity to our community!

Visit www.jacksonfamilywines.com to learn more about this amazing company.

DISTRICT BREAKS GROUND FOR FUTURE RESTROOM PROJECT

The district was pleased to complete an important first step for the future restroom project at Miller Woods – installation of a new septic system.  Local contributions, donations, and district resources financed the project which was installed by Precision Excavating, Inc., a local contractor.  The next step is to finalize plans for the restroom building and facilities, and seek support for future construction.       

Permanent restrooms are needed at Miller Woods to accommodate property visitors, volunteer groups, schools, and others who frequent Miller Woods for educational events such as Earth Day.  If funding can be secured, the district hopes to complete the project in the next 12 months.  If you are interested in supporting Miller Woods and the construction of new restroom facilities, please contact the district at (503) 472 - 6403. Thank you for your support!            

Summer Cover Crop Field Day

Wednesday  July 26 ,2017

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a field day at the Corvallis Plant Materials Center.  The topics to be covered include:

· Adding Diversity to your crop rotation

· Legumes for providing nitrogen to your next crop

· Quick-growing covers to smother weeds

· Flowers to attract bees and beneficial insects

· Growing cover crops without irrigation and more!

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EARTH DAY APRIL 22 FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The wet weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and fun at the Miller Woods Earth Day Event. Approximately 200 families and volunteers showed up to enjoy the many activities, presentations and complimentary food!

Talk About Trees, Oregon’s forest Education Program,  joined us for the first time this year and their papermaking booth was a huge hit. This unique forest education program is aimed at pre-school through eighth grade students and provides an overview of forest ecology, management practices and forest product use.

Also new this year was a special presentation by Greg Archuleta, a member of the Clackamas Chinook, Santiam Kalapuya, Shasta, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  As an artist and educator, he teaches about the culture and history of the Tribes of Western Oregon, including ethnobotany, carving, cedar hat making, Native art design, and basketry.

Thank you to our sponsors Head Start of Yamhill County; Outdoor Education Adventures; Natural Connections and Talk About Trees. And a VERY special thank you to our volunteers who braved the weather and worked tirelessly to make this event a success.

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Native Plant Walk

Saturday, April 15  1 pm - 3 pm

Winter’s Hill Estate Tasting Room, Dundee

COST: $20 per person

PRE-REGISTRATION and PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED!

SIGN UP AT TaylorGardensNW.com or email TGardenwalks@gmail.com

• A fun, educational stroll at Winter’s Hill in the Dundee Hills led by Jeanie Taylor of Taylor Gardens
• See spring blooms in the garden and woods
• Learn to recognize native plants around you
• Find out how to grow them in your landscape and attract beautiful pollinators!

Unlock the Secrets of soil health

April 6, 8:00 am to 12:30 PM

You are invited to join a FREE workshop presented by OSU, USDA and Oregon Tilth on April 6. The workshop includes a morning of presentations and a facilitated discussion focusing on field operations and their impacts on pest and nutrient management.  An optional Ask the Expert brown bag will follow.

More Information at https://tilth.org/event/unlocking-secrets-soil-health-organic-systems/  or click here for a flyer.

RSVP to ben@tilth.org or call 503-580-4767

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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