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!


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.



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.


Free Disposal of unused or outdated pesticides, including surfactants and adjuvants

Materials Not Accepted: Fertilizers, solvents, other non-pesticide materials, and any pesticide materials not included on submitted registration form

Pre-registration required by December 7th.

Forms available at your local SWCD, OSU Extension Office, Wilco, Valley Agronomics, or online at

For technical assistance or more information, please contact: Nicole Anderson, OSU Extension at (503) 553-9922 or email

Date:    Friday, December 14, 2018

Time:   You will be assigned a time when you register

Valley Agronomics Center in Whiteson  |   1400 S Hwy 99W   McMinnville


Registration forms available online at


Native Plants: Companion Plantings for Urban Gardens

The Marion County Master Gardeners and Marion SWCD are sponsoring a FREE class that will discuss companion plantings of native plants for the urban garden. Focus will be on how to incorporate pollinator friendly species into various types of  plantings areas.

Speaker: Paul Stormo, Owner of Champoeg Nursery

Saturday, November 3

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem

Pre-registration is required. Register online at

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Preparing for Winter on Horse Properties

Join Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District and Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water, for a FREE WORKSHOP about managing mud, manure, and pastures – along with horse health.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District

7175 NE Evergreen Parkway #400, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Lunch provided!

Registration required. Sign up at

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FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Yamhill County Solid Waste is sponsoring a FREE household hazardous waste event: 

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Recology Western Oregon

1850 Lafayette Ave. McMinnville 

Call 503-434-7516 with questions. 

Please do not bring syringes, sharps, tires, asbestos or explosives! 

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District and NRCS Coordinate Soil Demo at Hazelnut Growers Society Summer Tour/Trade Show

This is the third year the District and NRCS have participated in the Hazelnut Growers Society Tour and Trade Show.  Marie Vicksta, District Conservation Planner, and Sergio Villaseñor, Natural Resource Specialist from the McMinnville NRCS, coordinated a Healthy Soil Demonstration with Nick Sirovatka, East Basin Agronomist. Nick ran two soil health demonstrations during the day using soil samples he collected. He was able to illustrate the importance of ground cover for water infiltration and preventing runoff.

The hazelnut industry is rapidly growing in the state as acres planted are increasing every year. The traditional methods of growing hazelnuts leads to a good amount of surface runoff and many counties in the state are trying to inform landowners of things they can do to slow down soil loss.

For information on Soil Health, contact Marie Vicksta at 503-376-7606 or email

Water Rights Bootcamp

Register now to attend a seminar on Water Law in Oregon on November 6 in Keizer, Oregon. Cost is $25 and includes lunch and refreshments. This event is hosted by the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District.

Click here for more information

Technical and Financial Assistance Available

THE USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS) in Oregon continues its successful forest health funding with a new initiative to encourage diversity in forest land. Forest diversity maintains or increases productivity while increasing habitat and soil quality, and reduces wildfire danger and disease. The priority areas will include portions of Panther Creek, Baker Creek, Muddy Creek, Upper/Lower Deer Creek, Rock Creek-South Yamhill River, and Lower Willamina Creek watersheds.

Yamhill County Forestry Diversity


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