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Farewell to Longtime District Employee, Mike Crabtree

After more than 14 years of district service, Mike Crabtree has announced plans to transition and move his family to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by the end January. As one can imagine, it is difficult to lose long-term team members like Mike. He has the skills, experience, institutional knowledge, and established relationships in the community that bring tremendous value to the district and those we serve.

During his tenure Mike provided a wide range of conservation services and technical assistance, supporting Agricultural Water Quality, invasive species management, forestry, water conservation, and wildlife habitat. He was the primary lead to plan the annual native plant sale, manage plant inventories, and oversee the sale. Over the past five years, Mike took on
greater responsibilities with the district’s lands protection program by planning and overseeing land stewardship activities at Miller Woods, Chegwyn Farm, Muddy Valley Habitat Reserve, Mt. Richmond, and other properties. Mike maintained strong relationships with dozens of landowners and the district’s conservation partners including NRCS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, and others.

With Mike’s efforts, the district secured grant resources for knotweed, spurge laurel, garlic mustard and other invasive species control efforts. In 2018, he helped secure funds to hire Justin Cooley, the districts’ new Invasive Species Program Coordinator, which allowed the district to control priority weeds and conduct inventory work with Yamhill County.

Mike has been a valuable contributor, a champion for conservation, a creative problem solver, and friend to many in the community. His heart for service, passion for local conservation, and broad range of skills and experience will certainly be missed.

On behalf of the entire district board and staff, we offer Mike our deepest gratitude for his service, and lasting contributions to conservation in Yamhill County. We wish Mike and his family the best as they start a new adventure in Coeur d’Alene.

Calling All Native Plant Sale Volunteers!

The District is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Nave Plant Sale, February 22 through March 3 (see schedule below).

If you are interested in helping out and like to have fun, please contact Jessica at 503‐472‐6403 or jessica@yamhillswcd.org.

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Welcome Jessica LaRue!

Jessica accepted the office assistant position and joined the District staff in December 2018. A familiar face, Jessica previously worked for the District in
2014 and filled-in occasionally between those years. Her position includes volunteer coordination, event planning, publication, and supporting district staff
as needed. Join us in welcoming Jessica back with the District.

Thank You & Goodbye to Mary King

Mary King retired from the District on December 31, after 4-1/2 years as the office assistant and volunteer coordinator. In addition to her volunteer
duties and office support, Mary assisted with District event planning, and took minutes for board meetings. She also led production of the District newsletter, annual report, and other publications and outreach materials.

Mary plans to stay active and will enjoy having time to pursue hobbies, volunteer, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

We thank Mary for her service and wish her well!

 

2019 Growing Farms – Successful Whole Farm Management Course Series

Serious about farming? Come and learn how to navigate the biological, financial, and human aspects of small-scale farming.

2019 Hybrid Course

Growing Farms hybrid course is designed for beginning specialty crop & livestock farmers in their first five years of business. 

Students will develop a whole farm plan. Resource binder is included. Course consists of six-online modules, three classroom sessions and a field trip.

2019 Hybrid Class Dates & Location

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 pm

Jan. 22, Feb 5, Feb 19 (all day tour), March 5

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm  |  Winema Place NE, Salem, OR

Cost & Registration Details

$200 per person

Farm partner discount available

Includes discounted registration for OSU Small Farms Conference (Feb 23)

Additional scholarships may be available  |  Contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu.

See Flyer for more details.

2019 Growing Farms Flyer

FREE Native Woody Plant Propagation Workshop January 15

Join Marion County Master Gardeners’ Association for a Native Woody Plant Propagation Workshop at the Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill) on January 15, 2019. The workshop will be held in the Dye House, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register online  at https://marioncomga.org/event-registration

Sponsored by Marion County Master Gardeners and Oregon State University Extension Services

 

Speakers include Amy Bartow and Annie Young-Mathews. The workshop will cover:

  • Choosing the best propagation techniques for native trees and shrubs (cuttings, bare-root, seed, and containers)
  • Identifying Winter Twigs with a demonstration and hands-on activity to identify 12 common native species
  • Propagating from Cuttings – collection, and planting techniques
  • Propagating from Seed – collection, overcoming dormancy, and planting techniques
  • Selecting plants including common native Willamette Valley riparian and upland trees and shrubs

 

2nd Annual Miller Woods 10k Trail Race Raises Over $4000

The 2nd Annual Miller Woods 10k Trail Race was held on October 18. This year’s race had ideal weather and blue skies. The race was co-organized by local charity, the Give A Little Foundation. The event generated $4262 which was split evenly between Miller Woods and the Foundation. In addition to the race, Neyssa Hays from Outdoor Education Adventures, hosted an outdoor science camp for kids 5-12 years of age.

A total of 100 racers signed up for the event, with 88 racers finishing the challenging 6.2 mile course with just under 1,000 feet of elevation gain. T-shirts were designed and purchased by Solid Form Fabrication of McMinnville. Community Plate donated and delivered a variety of fresh pastries. Additional sponsors included A-1 Logging, Atticus Hotel, Coastal Mountain Springs, Ooh La Latte and Oregon Oncology Specialists.

Brian Bernier (photo) finished first again in the men’s division and Stephanie Crawford (photo) completed the race first in the woman’s division.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came together to make this such a successful race!

Check Out the Photos from the Annual Dinner on November 7

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District’s (district) 65th Annual Dinner Meeting included gourmet food from the Rogue Gourmet Catering Co, special recognition to award winners and a very distinguished guest speaker that kept guests enthralled! The district was very fortunate to have a presentation from the Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University (OSU), Dr. Philip Mote. He is also the director of Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at OSU.

Check out the wonderful photos taken by Amanda Greene! https://yamhillswcd.org/get-involved/photo-gallery/

 

Conservation Award Winners Recognized At Annual Dinner Meeting

The 2018 Conservation Award Winners were recognized at the Annual Dinner Meeting on November 7 at the McMinnville Community Center. Winners were selected based on their commitment and dedication to natural resource conservation including land, air, water, wildlife and/or relevant protection practices, exchanges or education to achieve results in these areas.  Congratulations and thank you for your efforts to the following recipients.

FRIEDA L MILLER CONSERVATION EDUCATORS |   Yamhill County Master Gardeners

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE  |  Jackson Family Wines

GEORGE OTTE CONSERVATION LANDOWNER  |  Super Natural Farm – Sarah Lynch & Matt Willis (unable to attend presentation)                                 

 

Miller Woods Awarded Grant from Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund

Miller Woods was awarded a $3,100 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund. The grant, submitted by Miller Woods volunteer Rick Thomas, will provide panels and materials for interpretive and educational signage along the trails.  Design and layout of the signs will be contributed by local volunteers.

Rick Thomas was on hand to receive the check at a reception on November 2 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Thank you to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and to Rick Thomas for submitting the grant on behalf of the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District.

Photo: Rick Thomas and Sonya Wilkerson, Miller Woods Property Manager, hold check.

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