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.
This District has a new fax number!
Yamhill SWCD teamed up with Polk and Marion SWCDs to host a soil health workshop at the Chemeketa Viticulture Center in West Salem and was partially funded by a USDA Risk Management Agency grant. Attendees from all 3 counties listened to lectures on why it is important to manage for soil health and practical ways to manage for optimum soil health.
Amy Grotta, OSU Extension Forestry Agent, has released some information on common pests that you may see this summer in your forest. The Western Tent Caterpillar and the Western Oak Looper are both defoliating insects that affect the forest canopy, but according to OSU extension, neither are serious threats to forest or human health.
For more information on these pests, please refer to the OSU Extension Forestry blog article, The Boom and Bust Life of Defoliating Insects.
Photos thanks to: Dave Shaw, OSU extension
McMinnville High School Students Earn Community Service Time at Miller Woods McMinnville High School Service club has been putting in volunteer time up at Miller Woods. They have been helping us with trail maintenance and working in the nursery.
OSU Extension hosted their 5th annual North Valley Field Crop Tour on May 20th. The Yamhill SWCD worked with OSU Extension to provide a grower panel and discussion on no-till seeding practices. No-till farming is an important conservation practice that can greatly reduce erosion and improve soil tilth.