Funding

In addition to free technical assistance, the District utilizes a number of conservation programs that further assists landowners in implementing best management practices on their property.  These programs typically focus on improving water quality and wildlife habitat in Yamhill County.

We cooperate with a number of partners to implement these programs such as: The Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Oregon Department of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.  Through our partnerships, we are able to provide technical and financial assistance in the form of conservation programs and grants.

Oak Restoration

The North Willamette Valley Upland Oak Restoration Partnership aims to protect, conserve, and restore endangered upland oak habitat in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley—habitat that is vital to many plant and animal species, including the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly.

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Streamside Restoration

The Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) was created in 1998 in order to establish riparian vegetation on agricultural land along streams to protect water quality and restore fish and wildlife habitat.

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Forest Health Improvement

There is funding available to assist landowners in restoring structural diversity to monoculture timber stands through the use of active management to thin stands, encourage healthy forest soils and to diversify species composition through planting.

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Soil Health/Erosion Reduction

By farming using soil health principles and systems that include no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, more and more farmers are actually increasing their soil’s organic matter and improving microbial activity.

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Organic Farming

The NRCS has a voluntary conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance for organic farmers and ranchers, or those interested in transitioning to organic

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High Tunnel/Hoop House

A High Tunnel System, commonly called a “hoop house,” is an increasingly popular conservation practice for farmers, and is available with financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

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Pesticide Reduction

The Yamhill Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP) was started in 2007 and is a non-regulatory approach to try and reduce pesticide concentrations in surface water.

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Small Farm Grants

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas.

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