The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (District) is led by a locally elected board of directors whose responsibility is to plan and oversee the delivery of services and programs that help conserve and protect water and soil resources, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources in Yamhill County. The District is a unit of local government, and implements its programs and services in partnership with volunteers, non-profits, state and federal agencies, school districts and universities, watershed councils, landowners, and many others.
It’s that time of year again and the Local Work Group (LWG) meeting is approaching. What is this LWG meeting, and why is it important? It is the farming community’s opportunity to inject local insight into the application of Farm Bill programs in Yamhill County. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) utilizes the annual local LWG meeting to solicit input, and in turn requests appropriate grants for Farm Bill funds. This is your opportunity to let us know what programs you would like to see and to share your ideas.
Yamhill County currently has two grant fund-pools for conservation funding. One of these Farm Bill grants is focused on improving water quality and fish habitat in the lower stretches of the Yamhill River. This fund-pool can be used for converting to no-till systems, planting of cover crops, and improving the efficiency of irrigation systems. The other available Farm Bill grant is a forestry fund-pool, which focuses on improving forest diversity, and improving wildlife habitat. These fund-pools have associated focus areas which are displayed on the map lower right in designated colors.
What kind of input are we seeking?
For the first time ever, the district has found garlic mustard in Yamhill County. It is a Class A noxious weed in Oregon and other states and is now showing its ugly head in Yamhill County. Garlic mustard is a groundcover that can grow in established forests, wetlands, disturbed soil, and people’s yards. Once established, garlic mustard exudes a chemical which impedes shrub and tree establishment and hinders natural forest regeneration. View the attached informational flyer prepared by Jim Robison, West Multnomah SWCD as a project for Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington Counties Cooperative Weed Management Area for details on recognizing and eradicating this weed in our county.
If you find garlic mustard on your property, please call Michael Crabtree at 503-472-6403 or email email@example.com.
You are invited to attend a free class on unlocking the secrets to soil health in organic systems at the OSU Research and Extension in Aurora. The presentations and discussions will focus on field operations and their impacts on pest and nutrient management helping growers work to achieve the soil health principle of reducing disturbance in organic systems.
$50 Per Family
January 17th, 2017 & February 28th, 2017
Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. By creating a succession plan, a family’s vision and intentions for their land can be addressed and implemented purposefully. Join Polk SWCD for this workshop series to learn more about succession planning and leaving a legacy for your family.