A Huge Thank You to Clay Wesson and Loyd Jones of Willamette Valley Vineyards!!!

A huge shout out to Clay Wesson and Loyd Jones of Willamette Valley Vineyards for their generous donation of 42 used Wine Totes to Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District! The District now has ample totes for future Native Plant sales and other uses at their Miller Woods Nursery!

Due to COVID-19 and State directives, Miller Woods will be closed at noon on Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice

Update: March 23, 9:00 a.m.

From:  Executive Director, Larry Ojua

The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (district) has been monitoring the guidance and requirements issued by the State of Oregon for Coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to public health and safety, social distancing, and for access to public venues such as Oregon State Parks.  Our district has been paralleling  the policy of Oregon State Parks regarding access.  On March 22, Oregon State Parks announced that all State Parks will be closed starting Monday, March 23, 2020.

The COVID-19 situation is very fluid and in order to follow Governor Kate Brown’s order to maintain social distance, the district has made the difficult decision to close Miller Woods beginning at noon, Monday, March 23.  This decision is consistent with Oregon State Parks policy.

The length of the closure is undetermined.  However, we anticipate the closure could last through May 8, consistent with the State’s policy.  The district will continue to monitor the requirements issued by the State of Oregon and local authorities, and determine whether Miller Woods can be opened at an earlier date.

Public Safety Is Paramount

We understand Miller Woods is popular with our local residents and schools.  It is a great place to walk, jog, learn, and experience nature.  With school closures, business closures, and some cities closing parks, gyms, and other common social gathering areas,  Miller Woods has seen a sharp increase in attendance just in the last week.  The increased attendance is placing more pressure on the property and use of the porta potties.  The district cannot provide adequate staffing to clean and monitor restrooms, which creates a potential risk for our guests.

This is a very difficult decision.  Our district understands the value of being outdoors.  We had hoped to keep Miller Woods open.  Unfortunately, we are unable to do so.

During this uncertain time, we hope Yamhill County residents will stay safe and follow recommendations provided by local and state officials.

The district office located at 2200 SW 2nd Street in McMinnville is closed, and we are unable to provide our regular level of service.  We are responding to email and telephone inquiries. Please refer to our website at   for contact information.   In the future, we will be reaching out to individuals who are “Friends of Miller Woods,”  to provide information about memberships.

Thank you for your support of Miller Woods, and your understanding during this critical time.  Please stay healthy and safe.

Cover Crops for Hazelnut Growers

Financial Assistance is available now from USDA and the District to prevent soil erosion, improve soil health, and enhance water quality on your hazelnut orchards.

Click to Learn More! See Full News Release

Email Thomas Hoskins to Learn More
or call 503-376-7605.

Family Fun with the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council!

Join Luke Westphal , Executive Director of the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC), for family-friendly native planting parties along Cozine Creek in McMinnville.

Bring the kids for great outdoor fun, all ages are welcome!

The GYWC will provide snacks, tools, work gloves, education about Cozine Creek and coordination of planting activities. Planting will take place rain or shine so please wear layers and be prepared to get dirty. Closed toed boots are highly recommended. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Contact Luke Westphal at (971)388-9200 or with questions or for more information.


Where: Linfield Cozine Creek

When: Saturday, March 14th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Parking: Parking lot at College Ave and Cowls or Linfield Ave and Pioneer Way


Where: Cozine Creek near South Yamhill River Confluence

When: Sunday, March 15th from 10 am to 1 pm

Parking; SE Ford ST and SE Hembree ST


Where: McMinnville 7th Day Adventist

When: Thursday, March 19th from 12:30 pm to 2 pm

Parking: SE side of church parking lot

Dammed to Extinction – The Life of the Pacific Coast Orca Whales

Dammed to Extinction

February 7 @ 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. Corvallis
Suggested donation $5/person, $10/family

For eons, a one-of-a-kind population of killer whales has hunted chinook salmon along the Pacific Coast of the United States. For the last 40 years, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed a deadly pattern, as salmon numbers plummet the orcas starve. The solution, says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams 500 miles away on the largest tributary to what once was the largest chinook producing river on earth.

After the one-hour film, you are invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q&A session. The film writer, Steve Hawley, along with Dr. Gordon Grant, Dr. Lisa Ballance (new Director Marine Mammal Institute in Newport), and Kirk Schroeder will also be on the panel.

View film trailer at

Spring into Gardening with Yamhill County Master Gardener’s

Join the Yamhill County Master Gardener Association and OSU for a day of educational gardening classes.

Topics include: Seed Saving, Attracting Birds to Your Garden, Growing Berries, Native Plants & Climate Change, Pruning Shrubs and more!

Saturday, March 21 from 8:45 am to 4pm at the McMinnville Community Center. $30/person if you register prior to the event.

For more information and to register visit

Tualatin SWCD Biochar 101 – 2 Day Workshop – FREE

Join Tualatin SWCD and presenter, Kelpie Wilson, for a FREE 2-day biochar workshop.

Thursday and Friday, February 27-28.

Workshop attendees will:

– Be introduced to the chemistry and biology of biochar at scales ranging from atoms to the atmosphere.
– Learn how biochar sequesters carbon while improving soil health and plant productivity.
– Understand available technology options for biochar production at different scales.
– Lean how to use biochar to manage farm wastes and create valuable organic fertilizers.
– Become familiar with the production of biochar through a hands-on demonstration.

For more information and to register visit:

Luckiamute Watershed Council hosts Free Winter Education Series

Join the Luckiamute Watershed Council for a series of educational events throughout the winter. All events are free to attend with a small suggested donation to help support this ongoing program.

January 22: Worm Bin Composting

January 25: Where does Your Drinking Water come from?

February 12: Protecting Salmon Strongholds around the Pacific Rim

Visit for information on each series and to register.

Think you know Miller Woods? Then this competition is for you!

Each week during the month of January, Miller Woods will be posting a photograph taken somewhere on the property.

Take a selfie at that location and you could win a weekly prize of Miller Woods swag! You will also be entered to win our Grand Prize of a wooden bench made from a fallen tree at Miller Woods!

You must be a Friend of Miller Woods to participate.* Not a friend yet?

Click here to join!

Contest begins Wednesday, January 1st and continues for 4 weeks. The weekly winner will be randomly selected from all the correct submissions received. All correct submissions will be entered to win our Grand Prize.

If no correct entries are received, that week’s location will continue until a correct entry is received.

Weekly competition runs Wednesday to Tuesday at midnight.
Weekly completions will be:
January 1- January 7
January 8-January 14
January 15- January 21
January 22-January 29

*Only one entry per member per week or one entry per family membership per week. Weekly photograph will be posted on Facebook and emailed to current members on Tuesday evening.

Submissions and questions may be sent to:

Grand Prize made from a fallen Douglas Fir Tree at Miller Woods by Mr. Rick Thomas:

Irrigation Efficiency Workshop

Join us for a morning of experts discussing irrigation innovations, incentives and conservation.

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9 AM – 12 PM

Location: The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife HQ Office
4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE,
Salem, OR 97302

Register Today
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