Miller Woods and the Give a Little Foundation 10K Trail Race Raises $3,986.52

The weather was a perfect 60 degrees with beautiful blue skies as racers started out at the first Miller Woods and Give A Little Foundation Trail Race October 28th. 109 people participated and 91 finished the 10K race. The youngest person to finish was eight and the oldest was 68 years old. The average finish time was 1:07:52. Brian Bernier came in first in the Men’s Division and Mariah Kraner (pictured in photo) came in first in the Women’s Division. Visit… for all race results.

The event raised $3,986.52 which was divided between Miller Woods and the Give a Little Foundation. The funds raised for Miller Woods will go toward building a permanent restroom structure. The drain field has already been installed and the building plans are in progress. For more information or to donate funds, contact

The district partnered with the Give A Little Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides immediate, one-time financial assistance to individuals and families in Yamhill County who are in crisis or experiencing severe adversity.

Thank You to Give a Little Foundation Sponsors

  • A-1 Logging Inc.
  • Atticus Hotel
  • Coastal Mountain Springs
  • Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Willamette Valley Cancer Center
  • Ooh La Latte
  • Riedman Land Stewardship

Duniway Students Make a Difference at Miller Woods

Duniway Middle School students spent three days of volunteer service outdoors enhancing Miller Woods and making it an even better place to visit and enjoy.

Volunteer Theresa Crain’s group removed and sifted through duck weed all three days, resulting in a much healthier pond for plants and wildlife.

Miller Woods volunteer Charlie Coates led a group of students along the new trail, collecting rocks. The rocks were used to start a rock pile near the small pond for reptile habitat.

Rick Thomas, Miller Woods volunteer, and Sonya Wilkerson, Miller Woods Property Manager, led their group along the newly created trails where students pushed over the dirt walls onto the trails. This ended up being a very muddy project, and one that was not repeated on subsequent days. And THANK YOU to all the students and Miller Woods volunteer leaders, and Sonya Wilkerson for making this a very productive three days of service!

Local Advisory Committee

December 6, 2017  | 6 – 9 pm

Biennial Review of Yamhill Ag. Water Quality Management Area Plan

Location: McMinnville Wastewater Treatment Plant, 3500 Clearwater Dr. McMinnville.

As part of Oregon’s Agricultural Water Quality Management Program (Ag Water Quality Program), this Area Plan guides landowners and partners such as Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in addressing local agricultural water quality issues.

You’re invited to attend a meeting of the local advisory committee, comprised of local landowners and agriculturalists. Every two years the committee meets to review and discuss updates from local and state agencies.

Learn more here:…

District Offers No-Till Drill Rental Program

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District purchased a 2016 Land Pride 606 No-Till Compact Drill. It is now available for rent to Yamhill County residents.


Weekday Rate (24-hour period):

$250/day – includes delivery/pick up to your property and brief orientation to the equipment

Weekend Rate (Friday afternoon – Monday morning):

$250/weekend – includes delivery/pick up to your property and brief orientation to the equipment

Interested in renting the drill? Contact Marie Vicksta, 503-376-7606 or email

Specifications for Land Pride 606NT Compact Drill

  • 40 HP minimum tractor size and requires one hydraulic circuit;
           60 HP recommended if using equipment on sloped ground
  • Pull type (no trailer required); maximum driving speed 20 mph
  • 9 rows at 7.5” spacing (67.5” total swath width)
  • Opener depth range is 0-3.5
  • Transport width: 8’10”, length 11’5”, height: 5’1”
  • Maximum weigh (empty): 2700 lbs., max. wt. full: 4600 lbs.
  • Acremeter to assist with seeding rate calculations

Alphabet Soup Volunteers – Pumpkin Pickin’ Partners

Farm Services Agency (FSA), National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Yamhill SWCD joined forces to pick and donate pumpkins and squash to the local Department of Human Services recipient families.  Farmer Johns of McMinnville donated pumpkins and May Brothers from Dayton donated squash. The volunteer crew picked and delivered the fall fair on Friday, October 6. Everyone had a great time knowing they were providing pumpkins for carving to children who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. The project was so successful and fun, the group has decided to make this a annual event.  Thank you for putting a smile on those little faces., as well as your own.

Photo: L-R Marie Vicksta (Yamhill SWCD),  Eileen Whitcomb with Michelle Schryver (FSA ) and Rachel Russell with Sergio Villaseñor (NRCS).

Free Pesticide Event in Mount Angel


Join Marion Soil & Water Conservation District at Valley Agronomics in Mt. Angel on November 18 to safely dispose of old and unwanted pesticides.


You can also recycle clean, dirt and residue free, triple-rinsed plastic containers for FREE! For triple-rinse procedures, see the Ag Container Recycling Council (ARC) website at and select the link for Container Rinsing. You do not need to register to drop off containers.

Click here for location and details.

Click here for the registration form to drop off pesticides.

How to Identify Conifers in NW Oregon


Join the Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a FREE program on identifying conifers in NW Oregon. Oregon Master Naturalist, Ken Denniston, will be using samples and photographs to identify each of the 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon. Using a unique, staged approach to the topic, the presentation will include simple ways to easily distinguish each conifer as well as some tricks to help everyone remember the differences. For more information on the topic, visit Ken’s website at

Thank You Linfield College Students

A huge thank you to Linfield College for volunteering at Miller Woods for their Freshman Orientation Community Service Day.

The 21 hours of service the group contributed allowed us to clear a quarter mile of new trail. They worked hard and left tired and extremely dusty.

We are so grateful!!

And thank you to volunteer James Riedman for leading the group!

Free Cover Crop Tour at Carlton Plants

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | 8 AM – 11 AM

Dayton, OR

Join Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District at Carlton Plants for a personal tour by Allan Elliott, Carlton Plants Manager.  He will share their Cover Crop Program including:

· Rotation Scheduling

· Termination & Seed Harvesting

· Making Cover Cropping Work for your Operation

The group will caravan to three fields and spend approximately 30 – 45 minutes at each location.  The locations are within a 2-mile radius of the Carlton Plants office,  located at 14301 SE Wallace Rd in Dayton, OR.

Attendees are asked to register by August 7th. Call Yamhill SWCD at 503-472-6403 or email

The group will meet for coffee and donuts in the cafeteria before heading out.  Signs will be posted.

District Breaks Ground for Future Restroom Project

The district was pleased to complete an important first step for the future restroom project at Miller Woods – installation of a new septic system.  Local contributions, donations, and district resources financed the project which was installed by Precision Excavating, Inc., a local contractor.  The next step is to finalize plans for the restroom building and facilities, and seek support for future construction.

Permanent restrooms are needed at Miller Woods to accommodate property visitors, volunteer groups, schools, and others who frequent Miller Woods for educational events such as Earth Day.  If funding can be secured, the district hopes to complete the project in the next 12 months.  If you are interested in supporting Miller Woods and the construction of new restroom facilities, please contact the district at (503) 472 – 6403. Thank you for your support!

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