Blogs

Soil Health Workshop a Success!

Yamhill SWCD teamed up with Polk and Marion SWCDs to host a soil health workshop at the Chemeketa Viticulture Center in West Salem and was partially funded by a USDA Risk Management Agency grant.  Attendees from all 3 counties listened to lectures on why it is important to manage for soil health and practical ways to manage for optimum soil health.

OSU Extension Releases Information on Tree Pests to Expect This Summer

Amy Grotta, OSU Extension Forestry Agent, has released some information on common pests that you may see this summer in your forest. The Western Tent Caterpillar and the Western Oak Looper are both defoliating insects that affect the forest canopy, but according to OSU extension, neither are serious threats to forest or human health. 

For more information on these pests, please refer to the OSU Extension Forestry blog article, The Boom and Bust Life of Defoliating Insects.

Photos thanks to: Dave Shaw, OSU extension

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.

 

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