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GRAZING, SOILS & PASTURES VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Join Oregon Pasture Network and instructor, Woody Lane, for a three day, practical workshop on grazing, pastures, & soils.

You’ll learn:

  • How to set up a grazing system
  • How to evaluate your pasture
  • The 4 Critical Principles of good grazing
  • When to open the gate
  • When to move animals off a pasture
  • How to sample soils and use the soil test numbers
  • Which fertilizers to use and when to apply them
  • Which forages are best for different purposes
  • Repairing pastures after a wildfire

 

Date: Monday       10/26       6–8:30 pm

 Tuesday        10/27      6–8:30 pm

 Wednesday  10/28      6–8:30 pm

 

Advanced Registration Online Only! Find out more and REGISTER at https://oregonpasturenetwork.org/

 

Instructor: Woody Lane

Livestock nutritionist & forage specialist, Roseburg • Teaches popular forage and nutrition workshops around the U.S. • Ph.D. in livestock nutrition, Cornell University • Past President, Oregon Forage & Grassland Council • Consulting in Oregon since 1990 • woody@woodylane.com

 

 

ANNUAL NATIVE BULB AND SEED SALES NOW LIVE!

Benton and Polk Soil & Water Conservation District’s have gone virtual with their annual Native Bulb & Seed sales! 

 

Browse an assortment of native seeds and bulbs at the Benton SWCD Fall Bulb & Seed Sale! Click here to place your order by September 30th.

Visit Polk SWCD Bulb & Perennials Sale for more native options to enhance your garden! Click here to place your order.

 

2020 Board of Director Elections

November 3

Yamhill SWCD has Four Open Zone Positions:
Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4 & Zone 5

LEARN MORE: Visit Oregon Department of Ag for Election Details, forms, and more.

Elections FAQZone Map

SILETZ TRIBAL CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION FUND AWARDS DISTRICT TWO GRANTS

The district wants to say a huge thank you to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund. In February the district received a $6,000 grant award to help with the purchase of a fire trailer, hose, and gear to protect conservation acres managed by the district. In July the district received an additional $6,000 grant award to help with the purchase of an equipment trailer. Both of these grants help meet huge needs for the district. The fire trailer will provide a higher level of safety and liability protection to the resources that our staff, previous landowners, and partners have invested in. The fire trailer (pictured below) meets Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) specifications and can be deployed whenever work with an associated fire risk is being completed.

The equipment trailer will help the district facilitate property management activities more efficiently by increasing our ability to move district owned conservation equipment. Currently, the district relies on volunteers, contractors, and/or trailer rentals to move equipment. Being able to move equipment on demand will be a large time saver and give staff increased flexibility to implement work at appropriate times.

Thank You to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund!

 

FREE “LIVING ON THE LAND” WEBINAR SERIES

Join Oregon State University, Polk County SWCD and Yamhill County SWCD for a free, 5-session webinar series.

Living on the Land is a workshop series tailored for small acreage landowners and those new to managing land. Presentations will be given live by local experts. The course is a series, registration is for all five weeks. Click here to register!

Topics include:

  • Soils & Weeds – September 22nd
  • Tax Assessment – September 29th
  • Water Rights, Wells & Septic – October 6th
  • Pastures, Mud & Manure Management – October 13th
  • Forestry & Riparian Areas – October 20th

 

OSU SEED AND CEREAL CROP GROWERS MEETING GOES VIRTUAL!

The annual Oregon State University (OSU) Seed and Cereal Crop Growers Meeting has gone virtual!

Join OSU for three FREE webinars throughout September! Each webinar qualifies for one pesticide credit through Oregon Department of Agriculture.

When: September 16th,  8:30 – 10 am      What: Vole Management and Soil Fertility Updates, Register at https://beav.es/oZB

When: September 17th, 8:30 – 10 am       What: Slug and Weed Managment, Register at  https://beav.es/oZa

When: September 23rd, 8:30 – 10 am       What: Wheat – Variety, Disease, Agronomic Management, Register at https://beav.es/oZR

 

 

 

 

 

In Memory of Charlie Coates

Charlie Coates was an active member of our community.  He volunteered at many places including the library, the elementary school reading program, and Miller Woods.

Charlie worked most Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 9am to 2pm. I say he worked because he was more than what you typically think of as a volunteer. Charlie, along with our weekly group of guys came out on nice days, sweltering days and freezing cold days.

We would not always work together but at break time and lunchtime the bell would ring and everyone would come from different directions to chat about their lives, politics and families.  Over the years, Charlie, along with the other guys became the Miller Woods family.

We will miss his laughter and eagerness to pitch in wherever he could help. We will miss his Santa hat and sweaters and we will carry him in our hearts.

 

The Miller Woods Family,

Sonya, Wendell, Jim, Paul, Joe, Rick, Brad, Lyne & Yamhill SWCD Staff

 

 

Donate to Miller Woods in Memory of Charlie Coates

4th Annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

Join volunteers across the United States, Canada and Mexico for the 4th Annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz!

July 24th through August 2nd, the Blitz invites people across North America to look for milkweed plants and survey them for monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies. This information will help researchers identify priority areas for monarch conservation actions. Data gathered during the Blitz is uploaded to the Trinational Monarch Knowledge Network, where it is accessible for anyone to consult and download.

For more information and to participate please visit: http://www.namonarchs.org/international-monarch-monitoring-blitz/

PGE to install Flash Boards along Willamette Falls

FREE Summer Webinar Series!

Join Tualatin SWCD and OSU Extension Master Naturalist, from the comfort of your home, for a series of  free virtual webinars! Topics range from “Promoting Wildlife on your Small Farm” to “Preparing your Landscape for Wildfire”.

For more information and to register visit: https://www.swcd.net/events/list/

 

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