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

Friendly Reminder: No Pets or Bikes at Miller Woods

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

See All Property Rules

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:

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