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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.

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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.

 

FREE AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDE COLLECTION IN MOLALLA

FREE disposal of old, restricted, or unusable pesticides BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Anonymous collection event for local agricultural growers. Also FREE collection of triple-rinsed or pressure washed plastic pesticide containers – NO REGISTRATION NEEDED for empty containers.

Friday, June 1, 2018

To make an appointment, call Mike Mason of Clean Harbor Environmental at 971-401-0367 or email Mason.MichaelR@cleanharbors.com by May 25th.

Registration forms and more information available at www.puddingriverwatershed.org or www.marionswcd.net/psp or www.conservation district.org.

 

Earth Day at Miller Woods Was Fun and Educational!

Board Director, Dave Cruickshank, welcomed kids and families to the 2018 Earth Day at Miller Woods on April 21. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather and a day packed full of fun, food, hikes, and critters. Rony Lucas and his staff from Head Start of Yamhill County were the first to greet the guests and help out where needed.  Laura McMaster, Dave Hanson and Theresa Crain led nature hikes for all ages and Tom Brewster, Ron Hutchison and Nancy Carl were busy helping kids build their own bird boxes.  Jenn Scott and Mary Johnson from Talk About Trees kept kids enthralled making their own paper “Earth” coasters and Neyssa Hays and Tristan Shell-Spurling from Outdoor Education Adventures had lots of critters to touch, feel and hold at the Wildlife Center & Pond Exploration Station.

Jeanie Taylor’s presentation on Native Bees was a highlight of the day and attendees were able to buy Native Plants, Tee Shirts, Hats and Books.

Thank you to Connie Hutchison for helping with the food and sale items and to Brad Smith and James Riedman for controlling the parking. Six Chemeketa students were a huge help at all the stations.

And a special thanks to Scott Moore for being our official “photographer” and capturing so many wonderful photographs to remember this perfect day. To see more of Scott’s photos of Earth Day at Miller Woods, go to https://1drv.ms/f/s!AqpQOc9SE2qIulrJmrPsUYUUgcVO

 

Three Oregon Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation Districts Earn Statewide Recognition for Outstanding Service

Yamhill SWCD Partnership Award: Back row, from left: Leo Preston, NRCS Basin Team Leader; Josh Togstad, Yamhill SWCD Riparian Specialist; Amie Loop-Frison, Yamhill SWCD Habitat Conservationist; Michael Crabtree, Yamhill SWCD Senior Conservation Technician; Ron Alvarado, NRCS Oregon State Conservationist; Barbara Boyer, Yamhill SWCD Board Member / Chair; Julie Lorenzen, Yamhill SWCD Office Administrator; Pat FitzGerald, Yamhill SWCD Board Member / Treasurer; and Larry Ojua, Yamhill SWCD Executive Director. Front row, from left: Thomas Hoskins, NRCS District Conservationist; and Marie Vicksta, Yamhill SWCD Conservation Planner.

PORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to helping people help the land, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are instrumental in engaging Oregon’s urban and rural communities in voluntary conservation.

This year, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recognized two Oregon SWCDs and one SWCD employee who have done exceptional work throughout 2017 to help NRCS implement Farm Bill financial assistance programs across the state and perform conservation education and outreach.

The Yamhill SWCD and the Illinois Valley SWCD received the District Partnership Award, and Cindy Thieman from the Hood River SWCD received the District Employee Partnership Award. The awards were presented at the 2018 CONNECT conference hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network in Seaside, April 18.

The annual NRCS Partnership Awards honor a conservation district and a conservation district employee who has provided exemplary assistance to implement conservation programs on Oregon’s private working agricultural lands and forestlands.

The Yamhill SWCD was recognized for providing outstanding assistance during fiscal year 2017 to plan and implement voluntary conservation on Oregon’s working lands. Yamhill SWCD entered into an agreement with NRCS to address a backlog of cultural resources determinations, which alleviated project delays and enabled timely completion of projects across the state. Yamhill SWCD also supported a national NRCS field tour focused on improving conservation delivery through mission support functions. Yamhill SWCD has successfully implemented one of the first Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects in Oregon focused on oak restoration, meeting their targets throughout the timeline while also serving as a national example of successful RCPP implementation and outreach.

The Illinois Valley SWCD was recognized for providing outstanding assistance during fiscal year 2017 to plan and implement projects through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program in Josephine County. The Illinois Valley SWCD sponsored $270,000 in construction repairs for two EWP projects to protect infrastructure, private property, and habitat from further damage. The SWCD established and built relationships with local landowners and regulatory agencies to efficiently complete landowner agreements and obtain permits. Because of these effective relationships, NRCS and the SWCD implemented the projects on time and within budget. As a first-time EWP sponsor, the SWCD’s efforts provided significant economic benefits to the citizens of Josephine County, protecting more than $725,000 of private and public infrastructure.

Cindy Thieman was recognized for providing outstanding support in securing a successfully-funded RCPP project for the East Fork Hood River Watershed. Cindy’s ability to build and maintain relationships with local agencies, landowners and other partners has helped forge a strong and focused alliance within the community to achieve natural resource outcomes within the county, watershed and basin boundaries. These relationships, combined with Cindy’s technical knowledge, attention to detail, and skillful writing, have enabled the county to leverage numerous funding sources for conservation delivery. Cindy is a noteworthy example of how partners can build better communities by working together to achieve shared natural resource goals.

With a field office in nearly every Oregon county, NRCS works closely with local SWCDs to deliver technical and financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and non-industrial private woodland owners to conserve vital natural resources on private lands while support local urban and rural economies. For more information about NRCS Oregon and conservation opportunities in the state, visit www.or.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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