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.
Did you know that the Yamhill County Fair is the oldest county fair in Oregon? The first fair in Yamhill County was October 7, 1854, and was held in Lafayette, Oregon. It was sponsored by the Yamhill County Agricultural Society, which formed in 1853. That first fair included bed quilts, butter, cheese, vegetables, cattle, sheep, hogs, farm implements, horses, mules and so much more.
Over the years there have been many changes to the county fair location and facilities. The current site was acquired by parcels over several years and buildings were added. The current location, just off of Highway 99W on Lafayette Avenue, is on 30 acres with housing for exhibits and animals as well as a show arena open year-round for shows and youth events.
This year’s fair has an all-star entertainment line up along with the carnival and lots of exhibitions. Go to http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/
Great Family Fun For All Ages!
2016 season is from June 18 - September 18
What is Tangleboxing? It is an outdoor summertime treasure hunt! Follow the clues, find the boxes, record your discoveries and compete for prizes - gather your friends and family and join the fun!
Marie Vicksta, district Conservation Planner, was invited to Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg to talk about Soil Health and Erosion. Marie took advantage of the opportunity to share how everything the students came in contact with that morning came from the soil at some point. Her session was followed by Neyssa Hays with Watershed Education Adventures and staff member for the Greater Yamhill Watershed District. She brought out the microscopes, where the students were able to see first-hand the effects of healthy and unhealthy soil. Educating kids at this age is crucial and thank you to Marie and Neyssa for providing valuable information to our future generations!
Thank you Duniway Middle School students for volunteering at Miller Woods June 6, 7 & 8. The kids were divided into groups and were sent out with a volunteer where they engaged in trail work, native plant nursery tasks and weeding projects. So much was accomplished in a short amount of time and we appreciate their dedication and hard work. A big thank you to the Miller Woods volunteers and teachers who came alongside the kids. When you see the new mulch on the trails, the healthy plants in the nursery and the beautiful grounds, you can thank a Duniway student for a job well done!
National Pollinator Week has been designated by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
“Pollinators bring us the wildflowers of spring, the berries of summer, the pumpkins we carve into jack-o’-lanterns in fall. Our dinner tables would be less enticing without them: approximately three-quarters of crop plant species need a bee or other pollinator, which translates to roughly one-third of the food and drink that we consume. More than 8 in 10 flowering plants rely on a pollinator for reproduction, plants which provide food and shelter for myriad other wildlife.” Mathew Shepherd, Xerces Society Blog.
You can find wonderful resources at www.pollinator.org/
The perfect weather and hundreds of enthusiastic 5th graders made for a great experience for everyone at the Cruickshank Woodland Tour May 11 and 12. Students from Yamhill county private and public schools along with volunteers, instructors, teachers and Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation district staff were on hand to share a rich outdoor, educational day in the woods. Dave and Doris Cruickshank and their family have hosted the Cruickshank Woodland School on their Three Oaks Farm since 1961 and have served over 11,000 students. The contribution they have made to our youth cannot be quantified and we appreciate their willingness to contribute to the future of our community in this significant way!
The success of this event is dependent on the instructors and group leaders who willingly volunteer their time to come out and work with the kids. We appreciate each of them so much!
A BIG shout-out to the wonderful partners that helped make Earth Day a smashing success including, Head Start of Yamhill County; Chemeketa Americorps Volunteers; Linfield Student Volunteers; Greater Yamhill Watershed Council and Watershed Education Adventures, Karen Hoyt and her Birds of Prey, Tom Brewster and his bird box station, and many, many wonderful volunteers.
This year's annual Earth Day Celebration gave adults and children alike the opportunity to explore and reconnect with nature through a variety of hands-on experiences. During Karen Hoyt's popular presentation, guests were captivated by an up close and personal view of birds of prey. For those brave enough to hold creepy crawlies, there were snakes and salamanders ready to say 'Hello!' Many guests purchased native plants and built bird boxes to take home as a reminder to continue celebrating our Earth every day.
Thank you to Charles Hillestad for taking these amazing photos
We had nine wonderful young women from Linfield College volunteer at our Earth Day Event at Miller Woods. Thank you Hannah Ellsworth and Linfield College for thinking of us!
More photos and details on the Earth Day Event coming soon.
Sonya is no stranger to the district as she has been a dedicated volunteer at Miller Woods since 2006. Recognized at the District’s 2014 Annual Dinner for her service, Sonya has contributed over 5000 volunteer hours.
Born and raised near Orlando, Florida Sonya has made Oregon her home since 2003. She loves the mild weather, being surrounded by trees and seeing mountains in the distance. An avid outdoor adventurer she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, cooking and reading.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Her career includes working with runaway and homeless teens in California and later working in finance and office administration at OHSU in Portland.
After her many years of dedicated service, she feels right at home as the Miller Woods Property Manager. Sonya can be reached by firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the district office at 503-472-6403.