McMinnville High School Students Earn Community Service Time at Miller Woods McMinnville High School Service club has been putting in volunteer time up at Miller Woods. They have been helping us with trail maintenance and working in the nursery.
OSU Extension hosted their 5th annual North Valley Field Crop Tour on May 20th. The Yamhill SWCD worked with OSU Extension to provide a grower panel and discussion on no-till seeding practices. No-till farming is an important conservation practice that can greatly reduce erosion and improve soil tilth.
We were approached by Terry Hansen who was concerned about his access road from farm to field in the winter of 2011. His concern was about the crossing’s collapsed culvert that was causing severe headcut erosion on the banks and creating a barrier for fish passage.
The district is working with George Fox to do some work on campus in order to improve how storm water makes its way to Hess Creek. The district helped George Fox by helping them apply for an OWEB small grant, which is to work on watershed improvement projects.
This project is installing what we are calling “biofalls” to the area where the outlet pipe from Fulton St parking lot drains into Hess Creek. Now the outlet pipes have about a 10 foot drop which is causing massive erosion problems.
Yamhill SWCD and its cost share program to promote recycling tunnel sprayer technology was featured in the June edition of Wine Business Monthly. Click here to go to their online print edition and check it out!
District Resource Conservationist, Mike Crabtree, has just completed work on a rain water storage project with Jim Botten, a local landowner who has cows and sheep on his property. A 20,000 gallon tank array system was retrofitted to the existing well system. Stock animals had been watered by using water from the well, which used about 50,000 gallons of water a year. Now, this system will fulfill stock animal watering needs throughout the summer season and water from the well will only be needed as back up.