Friendly Reminder: No Pets or Bikes at Miller Woods

Please note that pets, including dogs, and bikes are prohibited at Miller Woods. Thank you!

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GYWC Yamhill Coho Salmon Presentation & Field Days

Yamhill Coho Salmon Presentation

Greater Yamhill Watershed Counsel invites you to a community presentation to learn about the Yamhill River Watershed’s naturalized, wild run of Coho Salmon (the largest population in the Upper Willamette!) and GYWC volunteer-led efforts to document local Coho spawning reaches and habitat.

Tuesday December 3rd

6:30pm  Social / Pizza
7pm – 8pm   Presentation & QA

McMinnville Public Library, Carnegie Room

225 NW Adams ST McMinnville, OR 97128 (Google Map)

Join GYWC in the Creeks November & December for Coho Salmon Spawning Field Days

Click to subscribe to the GYWC’s Coho Field Day Email List to receive notices (Nov – Dec) of opportunities to join GYWC staff and trained volunteers in the creeks to look for spawning Coho salmon and their habitat.  Timing is weather dependent and requires some good rains to bring the Coho up from the ocean and Willamette river.  You can also check our Facebook Events Page for updates as Field Days are posted.
Wading Gear available to borrow in Mens Sizes 7 – 13

Want to get the family out to the creeks to look for Coho? 
Click to inquire about scheduling a family-friendly visit to one of our Coho spawning survey areas where we can walk alongside the creek instead of in the water (or if you have your own youth-sized wading gear or rubber boots – then let’s plan to get in one of the smaller creeks!) 

Contact Us / Learn More
Luke Westphal, GYWC Executive Director
Office:  503-474-107
Mobile / Text:  971-388-9200

GYWC Habitat Work Party Volunteer Event: Cozine Creek @ Linfield College / MVA (11/9, 11/16)

Rain or Shine!

Join the Greater Yamhill Watershed Counsel for fun, family-friendly mornings to remove invasive weeds, plant natives, and clean-up trash along our Cozine Creek habitat project at Linfield College / Mid-Valley Advancements.

This Saturday 11/9   9am – 1pm
Next Saturday 11/16  9am – 1pm

Project Tour & Orientation @ 9am

Drop by anytime until ~1pm to help us work!

RSVP Online for an Event Reminder or Facebook

GYWC will provide snacks, tools / gloves,and educational project tour.

*Volunteers, Please bring* 
– Yourself and family / friends!
– Re-fillable waterbottle
– Weather Appropriate Outfit (Rain or Shine!)
–  Long pants and closed-toe shoes required
–  Long sleeves and rubber boots recommended  (Limited selection of rubber boots available to borrow, sizes Mens 9 – 13)

Meeting Location & Parking
Meet behind Newby Hall on Cozine Way, McMinnville, OR 97128
Google Maps Link to orientation meeting location

If joining the group late, follow the dirt path behind Newby Hall to find us!
Google Maps Link to dirt path trailhead

Nearby Parking Lots Available at:
— College AVE X Cowls ST
— Linfield AVE X Pioneer WY

Biochar Workshop, Hosted by Tualatin SWCD

Learn how charred biomass (biochar) can increase soil productivity, reduce wildfire risk, and slow climate change. Biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson will provide a history and science of biochar (Day 1 – Classroom Session) followed by a demonstration of how to make biochar from your burn piles using a simple “flame cap kiln” (Day 2 – Outdoor Session). She will also share methods for using biochar in compost and in animal barns to recover nutrients for use in soil. This free, 2-day workshop is open to anyone curious about biochar, including arborists, foresters, natural resource professionals, farmers, and residents.

This is a free, two-day workshop that includes hands-on activities. You have the option to sign up for just one of the workshop days if that’s what best suits your schedule.

See Additional Details & Register on the Tualatin SWCD Website

October 18 – Day 1 – Classroom Session 9am-2pm

Tualatin SWCD office, 7175 NE Evergreen Parkway, Suite #400

October 19 – Day 2 – Outdoor Session

Fraga Farm, 54655 NW Old Wilson River Rd



OSU Extension Service Event: Dry Farm Field Day at Gowen Farm on Sept 11, 2019

Join OSU Extension Services for an, ‘Intro to Dry Farming Vegetables’ presentation with OSU Dry Farming Project leader, Amy Garrett, followed by a tour of Gowen farm. Darlene Gowen of Gowen Farm has been hosting trials with the OSU Dry Farming Project since 2016 and is involved in multiple research projects this year including site suitability study, fungal inoculant study, potato variety trials, and more. The day will be wrapped up with a debrief from the Marion Polk Food Share and Bill and Carol Sutkus of the Marion County Master Gardeners on their dry farming trials for the past two years and have time for questions and discussion at the end.

Gowen Farm

9040 Old Fort Rd 
Independence OR 97333

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Event Cost – Free – Registration required

See Details & Register


Welcome Joel Donnelly, New District Team Member

Joel Donnelly has joined the District as the new Invasive Species Program Manager. Welcome to the team!

Joel is responsible for managing invasive weed control projects across Yamhill County, a county roadside vegetation inventory project and associated Geographic Information System data. His work with the county, landowners and contractors aims to prevent and reduce the economic, environmental and social impacts of noxious weeds throughout the county. Currently, Joel is focusing his control efforts on the following high priority noxious weeds: knotweed, garlic mustard, mouse-ear hawkweed, knapweed, purple loosestrife and garden yellow loosestrife.

Joel received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation & Resource Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and his Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science from Oregon State University in 2019. Before joining the district, Joel worked for Parks & Open Space at the City of Eugene where he conducted riparian tree inventory mapping. Joel also interned as a GIS Technician with Lane Council of Governments (LCOG). He assisted the LCOG Natural Resources Planning Team with a wetland delineation spatial data automation project.

Contact Joel About: Invasive and Noxious Weed Management.

Phone503-376-7614 Email:

Pesticide Advisory – Intercropping & Pesticide Use

ODA has released a Pesticide Advisory on intercropping and pesticide use. The full advisory is available here: Pesticide Advisory – Intercropping and Pesticide Use

Registration Open for the 3rd annual Miller Woods Trail Race

As with years prior, race proceeds support the MW bathroom building fund.  This year participants can choose the 5k or 10k race.

Both 5k and 10k courses are difficult.  There is significant elevation gain (1000 feet gain for 10k and Approximately 300 for the 5k) on this mix of single track and wider dirt roads.  The course runs through a mix of forested woods and grassy meadows.

Outdoor Education Adventures will be hosting a kids camp from 9:15 to 11:30 for youth 5-12 years of age.  Pre-registration is required.  $10 per youth.

Registration is available at: Miller Woods 5k &10k Trail Race – October 12, 2019

Miller woods needs your help! Saturday June 8th 9am to 11am

Come help us sort and rack plant containers for our Native Plant Nursery

A large group of volunteers will make the job quick and fun. Suitable for ages 8+

The containers are used in our Native Plant nursery to grow out plants for local restoration projects. This is one of our major funding sources for Miller Woods.

Where: Meet in front of the Miller Woods barn

What to bring: Water bottle

Gloves, coffee, water refilling, and light snacks provided

Yamhill County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Yamhill County Solid Waste is hosting a Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

May 18th, 2019
Waste Management
2904 NE Wynooski St.
Newberg, OR

Acceptable Items Include: Any items with the words “CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER, POISON, or HAZARDOUS” on the label.
Also Accepting Medications: Old or new, unused, over the counter or prescription, pet or human, liquid or solid medication.

Please DO NOT bring syringes/sharps, tires, asbestos, ammunition, radioactive materials, or explosives!

Questions – call 503-434-7516

Sponsored by Yamhill County Solid Waste

Click here to view poster.

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