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Coyote Bush Cuttings

In preparation for our annual native plant sale, we are experimenting with Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis) cuttings that we got from the NRCS plant materials center in Corvallis.  We’ll attempt to grow out the cuttings in the next few months and hopefully will have some for sale in February!

Fish Passage Restored!

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.

George Fox Biofalls beginning install!

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.

 

Rain Water Storage Project Installed!

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.

First Recycling Tunnel Sprayer Retrofit Conversion

The District applied for a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2012 to demonstrate new recycling tunnel sprayer technology in vineyards in Yamhill County.  The grant is providing a $5,000 incentive payment to eligible vineyard producers to retrofit airblast style sprayers to a recycling tunnel system and a 50% cost share of the fabrication up to $1000.  

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