Growing Farms: Introduction to Pasture & Grazing Management

Attend a FREE online course through Oregon State University to improve pasture management and create a more productive and sustainable forage-livestock system.

This self-paced course will cover several topics including:

  • The benefits of good pasture and grazing management.
  • How to assess the condition of your pasture.
  • How grasses grow and how management affects grass growth.
  • The basics of rotational grazing—how to manage grazing to complement the pasture growth cycle.
  • Irrigation, nutrient and weed management strategies.
  • How to renovate your pasture.
  • Managing your pasture through the growing season.

Register online at:



Take a walk at Sarah Helmick State Park!

Join the Luckiamate Watershed Council, Willamette Habitat Restoration Fund and  Oregon State University Extension Office for a virtual plant identification walking tour through Sarah Helmick State Park. Thank you to the Willamette Habitat Restoration Funds for providing funds to make this video possible!

Watch the LWC Plant ID Walk & Learn Video

Miller Woods Update – June 5, 2020

Thanks to everyone for respecting the closure of Miller Woods while we develop a system to keep staff, volunteers and visitors as safe as possible in this uncertain time.

Many visitors to Miller Woods may be unaware, but we rely on a small group of dedicated volunteers for nearly 100% of the property’s maintenance.  This fact has made Board and staff extremely cautious about reopening to minimize the risks for our small staff, volunteers and visitors.

Our Board of Directors and staff have developed a plan for opening the property for limited use after Yamhill County has been approved for Phase 2 reopening.  Starting on June 9th, we will implement a “soft” opening using an online reservation system to try and minimize the volume of cars that visit the property in a day.  This link will be sent to Friends of Miller Woods Members during the first week of phase 2.  If all goes well, we will make this reservation system available publicly on our webpage on June 16th.  We request that residents from outside of Yamhill County continue to keep their distance and choose another destination closer to home.

Learn About Becoming a Member

In addition to the reservation system, we will be asking visitors to follow directional trail signs to ensure visitors are all travelling in the same direction to minimize face to face contact.  This map will be included in your reservation confirmation and available online.

The porta potty and the dumpster will be locked.  Please practice “leave no trace” and take your trash with you.

We respectfully ask that every effort is made by the public visiting the property to protect our volunteers and staff while enjoying all nature has to offer at Miller Woods.  Please be ready for unexpected schedule changes as we respond to changes in how COVID-19 affects our schedules, hours of operation and sanitary protocols at the property.

Thank you again to our community for your patience and understanding.  We are all in this together!

KN95 Masks and Hand Sanitizer Distribution for Farmworkers and Agricultural Producers – May 27 & 28

Governor Kate Brown has directed approximately 1 million KN95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for farmworkers and agricultural producers. This critical PPE is available at no cost to the agricultural community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Distribution will take place next week and will vary depending on location. Limited supplies will be provided at each site until supplies are fully distributed. The Governor is proud to have the collaboration between Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon State University Extension, Oregon Emergency Management, Oregon National Guard, and county partners.

Wednesday, May 27 from 9am – 4pm: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Linn, Benton, Marion, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill counties.

Thursday, May 28 from 9am – 4pm: Deschutes, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Klamath, Jefferson, Crook, Wheeler, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Morrow, Umatilla, Sherman, Gilliam, Multnomah, and Tillamook counties.

Call for information: Hood River, Malheur, Baker, Grant, Lake, Harney, Union, Wallowa, and Wasco counties.  

Distribution Locations (English)

When used as a face covering, KN95 masks help slow the spread of COVID-19. These masks are NOT to be sold and are not to be used in a medical setting or for pesticide application. 

KN95 Face Mask Guidance (English)

Sustainable Horsekeeping – May 9 from 9 to 12 – Free Online Workshop Hosted by Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District

May 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Join Horses for Clean Water and Tualatin SWCD for an informative session on spring horsekeeping best management practices. Horse expert and founder of Horses for Clean Water, Alayne Blickle will share her expert knowledge of small acreage pasture management. The workshop will explore sustainable solutions to common horsekeeping challenges to ensure both horses and land are kept happy and healthy.


9:00 – 9:15 Introductions
9:15 – 10:15 Seven Tips for Spring Horse Pasture Management
10:15 – 10:30 Q & A
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 Simple Solutions for Managing mud, pests, odors, and more
11:45 – 12:00 Q & A, closing remarks

LOCATION: Dial-In Remote Learning

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!

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

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