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Siletz Tribe Charitable Fund Supports District Projects

The district wants to thank the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.

On February 7, 2020 the district received a $6,000 grant award to help with the purchase of a fire trailer, hose, and gear to protect conservation acres managed by the district. An additional $6,000 grant was awarded July 28, 2020 to help with the purchase of an equipment trailer. Both of these grants fulfill huge needs for the district.

The fire trailer will help protect district properties during fire season and provide a higher level of safety and liability protection to the resources that our staff, previous landowners, and partners have invested in. The fire trailer meets Oregon Department of Forestry specifications and can be deployed whenever work with an associated fire risk is being completed.

The equipment trailer will help the district facilitate property management activities more efficiently by increasing our ability to move district owned conservation equipment. Currently, the district relies on volunteers, contractors, and/or trailer rentals to move equipment. Being able to move equipment on demand will be time saver and give staff increased flexibility to implement work at appropriate times.

Thank You to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund!

 

Due to COVID-19 and State directives, Miller Woods will be closed at noon on Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice

Update: May 7, 2020

From:  Executive Director, Larry Ojua

The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (district) closed Miller Woods in late March to comply with the guidance and requirements issued by the State of Oregon relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).   We continue to monitor the state’s guidance relating to public health and safety, social distancing, and access to public venues.

In previous messages we announced the Miller Woods closure would last at least through May 8, consistent with the state’s policy and guidance.  We continue to monitor the requirements issued by the State of Oregon and local authorities relating to parks and open space.

Over the next two weeks, the district will review information and requirements being provided by the Oregon Health Authority and other state and local entities regarding parks and open spaces   We will review information and consult with the district board, regarding the feasibility of opening Miller Woods on a limited and controlled basis.

The district will post information on its website and the Miller Woods Facebook page regarding the status of Miller Woods.  The district’s priority is to keep visitors, conservation district employees, and volunteers as safe as possible, and to comply with state and local requirements.

Please refer to our website at www.yamhillswcd.org for information on the district’s conservation programs and services, and for updates on Miller Woods.  Thank you for your support of Miller Woods, and your understanding during this critical time.  Best wishes to stay healthy and safe.

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! https://yamhillswcd.org/get-involved/photo-gallery/

 

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 Marie@yamhillswcd.org.

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

 

Grain Station Brews “Doug” Beer and Donates to Miller Woods

When district staff asked Joe D’Aboy, Grain Station Brew Master, about creating a special beer to raise funds for the new restroom project at Miller Woods, he was all in! Volunteers collected Doug Fir tips from Miller Woods and “Doug” beer was born! They allowed the district to host an event on their patio where Miller Woods shirts and hats were sold and attendees were able to donate above and beyond the portion of the beer sales. A huge group showed up and spent the evening drinking beer (responsibly!), enjoying the Grain Station’s great food and watching the Beavers win the National College Baseball Championships! A big thank you to owner Jeff Glodt for supporting the community and Miller Woods. We are getting closer to building the restroom facility and if you would like to donate, you can make an online donation by clicking on the donation button on the home page of this website.

CRUICKSHANK WOODLAND TOUR ATTRACTS 5TH GRADERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY

587 fifth grade students enjoyed the outdoor classroom setting at the 57th  Annual Cruickshank Woodland Tour in McMinnville. The beautiful woods, owned my Doris and Dave Cruickshank, provided a beautiful and serene backdrop for students as they visited six educational stations:

  • Soil & Watersheds presented by NRCS
  • Plants and Wildlife presented by Outdoor Education Adventures
  • Forest Harvest and Products presented by Talk About Trees
  • Forest Management presented by OSU Extension Foresters
  • Fire Prevention & Safety presented by McMinnville Fire Department
  • Outdoor Behavior and Safety presented by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department

Thank you to the volunteers and staff who worked together to create a successful experience for the kids and a special thank you to Dave and Doris Cruickshank for preparing the trails and allowing students to learn about respecting nature and being safe in this beautiful environment.

TREE WALK AT LINFIELD COLLEGE

stock photo of trees at Linfield

When: May 31, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Linfield College Campus  |  900 SE Baker Street,  McMinnville, OR. The group will meet by the fountain outside the Starbucks located in Riley Campus Center on the Linfield Campus. 

                                     Cost: $5

The OSU Extension Service Yamhill County is offering a Tree Identification Walk. Heather Stoven, Extension Community Horticulturist, will lead a group on a walk around the beautiful Linfield College Campus. She will discuss identification and characteristics of the various trees you often see in the Oregon landscape.

For questions and to register for the Tree Walk, call 503-434-7517 or email jade.wilson@oregonstate.edu.

 

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