Thank You Linfield College Students

A huge thank you to Linfield College for volunteering at Miller Woods for their Freshman Orientation Community Service Day.

The 21 hours of service the group contributed allowed us to clear a quarter mile of new trail. They worked hard and left tired and extremely dusty.

We are so grateful!!

And thank you to volunteer James Riedman for leading the group!

Free Cover Crop Tour at Carlton Plants

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | 8 AM – 11 AM

Dayton, OR

Join Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District at Carlton Plants for a personal tour by Allan Elliott, Carlton Plants Manager.  He will share their Cover Crop Program including:

· Rotation Scheduling

· Termination & Seed Harvesting

· Making Cover Cropping Work for your Operation

The group will caravan to three fields and spend approximately 30 – 45 minutes at each location.  The locations are within a 2-mile radius of the Carlton Plants office,  located at 14301 SE Wallace Rd in Dayton, OR.

Attendees are asked to register by August 7th. Call Yamhill SWCD at 503-472-6403 or email

The group will meet for coffee and donuts in the cafeteria before heading out.  Signs will be posted.

District Breaks Ground for Future Restroom Project

The district was pleased to complete an important first step for the future restroom project at Miller Woods – installation of a new septic system.  Local contributions, donations, and district resources financed the project which was installed by Precision Excavating, Inc., a local contractor.  The next step is to finalize plans for the restroom building and facilities, and seek support for future construction.

Permanent restrooms are needed at Miller Woods to accommodate property visitors, volunteer groups, schools, and others who frequent Miller Woods for educational events such as Earth Day.  If funding can be secured, the district hopes to complete the project in the next 12 months.  If you are interested in supporting Miller Woods and the construction of new restroom facilities, please contact the district at (503) 472 – 6403. Thank you for your support!

Thank You Jackson Family Wines Volunteers

We would like to sincerely thank the volunteers of Jackson Family Wines for donating their time at Miller Woods. The team came ready to work and were able to perform needed maintenance on a mile of trail, painted the inside and outside of the KT Corral building (pictured left) and stained the outside of the conference center.

Their volunteer crews have dedicated hours and hours at Miller Woods and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity to our community!

Visit to learn more about this amazing company.

OACD Elects Pat FitzGerald President

District director, Pat FitzGerald, has been elected to serve as president of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD). The OACD  is a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) statewide membership organization that represents, supports and strengthens Oregon’s 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Pat has been serving as a director for OACD since 2013 and recently fulfilled the role of vice-president. His experience with this organization and his role of director for Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation provides the needed qualifications to successfully lead OACD this coming year and we wish Pat well in his new endeavor.

For more information regarding OACD, visit

Summer Cover Crop Field Day

Wednesday,  July 26, 2017

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a field day at the Corvallis Plant Materials Center.  The topics to be covered include:

· Adding Diversity to your crop rotation

· Legumes for providing nitrogen to your next crop

· Quick-growing covers to smother weeds

· Flowers to attract bees and beneficial insects

· Growing cover crops without irrigation and more!

Earth Day 2017 – Fun for the Whole Family

The wet weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and fun at the Miller Woods Earth Day Event. Approximately 200 families and volunteers showed up to enjoy the many activities, presentations and complimentary food!

Talk About Trees, Oregon’s forest Education Program,  joined us for the first time this year and their papermaking booth was a huge hit. This unique forest education program is aimed at pre-school through eighth grade students and provides an overview of forest ecology, management practices and forest product use.

Also new this year was a special presentation by Greg Archuleta, a member of the Clackamas Chinook, Santiam Kalapuya, Shasta, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  As an artist and educator, he teaches about the culture and history of the Tribes of Western Oregon, including ethnobotany, carving, cedar hat making, Native art design, and basketry.

Thank you to our sponsors Head Start of Yamhill County; Outdoor Education Adventures; Natural Connections and Talk About Trees. And a VERY special thank you to our volunteers who braved the weather and worked tirelessly to make this event a success.

Native Plant Walk

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 1 pm – 3 pm

Winter’s Hill Estate Tasting Room, Dundee

COST: $20 per person


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• A fun, educational stroll at Winter’s Hill in the Dundee Hills led by Jeanie Taylor of Taylor Gardens
• See spring blooms in the garden and woods
• Learn to recognize native plants around you
• Find out how to grow them in your landscape and attract beautiful pollinators!

Unlock the Secrets of Soil Health

April 6, 2017 – 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

You are invited to join a FREE workshop presented by OSU, USDA and Oregon Tilth on April 6. The workshop includes a morning of presentations and a facilitated discussion focusing on field operations and their impacts on pest and nutrient management.  An optional Ask the Expert brown bag will follow.

More Information at  or click here for a flyer.

RSVP to or call 503-580-4767

Thank You Jackson Family Wines

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District would like to express a huge THANK YOU to  Jackson Family Wines, for sending an unbelievable vineyard crew to work in the Native Plant Nursery at Miller Woods. The timing was perfect as the district needed help planting their bare root plants into pots for the “grow out” process.

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