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Preparing for Winter on Horse Properties

Join Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District and Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water, for a FREE WORKSHOP about managing mud, manure, and pastures – along with horse health.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District

7175 NE Evergreen Parkway #400, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Lunch provided!

Registration required. Sign up at www.tualatinswcd.org

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FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Yamhill County Solid Waste is sponsoring a FREE household hazardous waste event: 

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Recology Western Oregon

1850 Lafayette Ave. McMinnville 

Call 503-434-7516 with questions. 

Please do not bring syringes, sharps, tires, asbestos or explosives! 

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District and NRCS Coordinate Soil Demo at Hazelnut Growers Society Summer Tour/Trade Show

This is the third year the District and NRCS have participated in the Hazelnut Growers Society Tour and Trade Show.  Marie Vicksta, District Conservation Planner, and Sergio Villaseñor, Natural Resource Specialist from the McMinnville NRCS, coordinated a Healthy Soil Demonstration with Nick Sirovatka, East Basin Agronomist. Nick ran two soil health demonstrations during the day using soil samples he collected. He was able to illustrate the importance of ground cover for water infiltration and preventing runoff.

The hazelnut industry is rapidly growing in the state as acres planted are increasing every year. The traditional methods of growing hazelnuts leads to a good amount of surface runoff and many counties in the state are trying to inform landowners of things they can do to slow down soil loss.

For information on Soil Health, contact Marie Vicksta at 503-376-7606 or email Marie@yamhillswcd.org.

Water Rights Bootcamp

Register now to attend a seminar on Water Law in Oregon on November 6 in Keizer, Oregon. Cost is $25 and includes lunch and refreshments. This event is hosted by the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District.

Click here for more information

Technical and Financial Assistance Available

THE USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS) in Oregon continues its successful forest health funding with a new initiative to encourage diversity in forest land. Forest diversity maintains or increases productivity while increasing habitat and soil quality, and reduces wildfire danger and disease. The priority areas will include portions of Panther Creek, Baker Creek, Muddy Creek, Upper/Lower Deer Creek, Rock Creek-South Yamhill River, and Lower Willamina Creek watersheds.

Yamhill County Forestry Diversity

 

Grain Station Brews “Doug” Beer and Donates to Miller Woods

When district staff asked Joe D’Aboy, Grain Station Brew Master, about creating a special beer to raise funds for the new restroom project at Miller Woods, he was all in! Volunteers collected Doug Fir tips from Miller Woods and “Doug” beer was born! They allowed the district to host an event on their patio where Miller Woods shirts and hats were sold and attendees were able to donate above and beyond the portion of the beer sales. A huge group showed up and spent the evening drinking beer (responsibly!), enjoying the Grain Station’s great food and watching the Beavers win the National College Baseball Championships! A big thank you to owner Jeff Glodt for supporting the community and Miller Woods. We are getting closer to building the restroom facility and if you would like to donate, you can make an online donation by clicking on the donation button on the home page of this website.

Thank you Michael & Dan O’Loughlin for Hosting Beneficial Insect Field Day

Thank you to Michael & Dan O’loughlin for hosting a very successful Beneficial Insect Field Day at their farm on June 20. The event was very popular and sign-ups had to be limited to the first 50 people! Presentations by OSU Extension Entomologist were a highlight and included lots of hands-on identification experience for attendees. Members of the Xerces Society provided valuable information on creating a beneficial habitat for bees and all presenters made themselves available for questions. The sponsors of the event were Yamhill, Clackamas Marion and Polk Soil & Water Conservation Districts along with the Oregon Bee Project and OSU Extension Service.

 

 

ITS TIME TO TANGLEBOX

 

The 2018 Tanglebox season has begun and includes a stop at Miller Woods. Tangleboxing is an outdoor summertime treasure hunt. Participants follow clues, find the boxes, record their discoveries and compete for prizes. It is great family fun for all ages and is a good way to visit and discover Yamhill County Parks and Miller Woods. Passports are $5 and you can click More Information to find locations to purchase your passport.

CRUICKSHANK WOODLAND TOUR ATTRACTS 5TH GRADERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY

587 fifth grade students enjoyed the outdoor classroom setting at the 57th  Annual Cruickshank Woodland Tour in McMinnville. The beautiful woods, owned my Doris and Dave Cruickshank, provided a beautiful and serene backdrop for students as they visited six educational stations:

  • Soil & Watersheds presented by NRCS
  • Plants and Wildlife presented by Outdoor Education Adventures
  • Forest Harvest and Products presented by Talk About Trees
  • Forest Management presented by OSU Extension Foresters
  • Fire Prevention & Safety presented by McMinnville Fire Department
  • Outdoor Behavior and Safety presented by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department

Thank you to the volunteers and staff who worked together to create a successful experience for the kids and a special thank you to Dave and Doris Cruickshank for preparing the trails and allowing students to learn about respecting nature and being safe in this beautiful environment.

TREE WALK AT LINFIELD COLLEGE

stock photo of trees at Linfield

When: May 31, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Linfield College Campus  |  900 SE Baker Street,  McMinnville, OR. The group will meet by the fountain outside the Starbucks located in Riley Campus Center on the Linfield Campus. 

                                     Cost: $5

The OSU Extension Service Yamhill County is offering a Tree Identification Walk. Heather Stoven, Extension Community Horticulturist, will lead a group on a walk around the beautiful Linfield College Campus. She will discuss identification and characteristics of the various trees you often see in the Oregon landscape.

For questions and to register for the Tree Walk, call 503-434-7517 or email jade.wilson@oregonstate.edu.

 

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