Forest Management Planning Short Course

Thursday evenings, Oct. 30th, Nov. 6th, Nov. 13th, and Dec. 4th
6:00 – 8:30 pm, Yamhill County Public Works Auditorium
2050 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville

A written Forest Management Plan serves many purposes. It helps you organize and plan for activities on your land. It is a valuable communication tool for your family. A plan is required for forest certification programs and it forms the foundation for sustainable forest management. By writing part, or all of your own forest management plan, you gain a better understanding of your land and have a tool you will use in the future.

Writing a plan takes time and an understanding of your property, but the Mentored Management Planning shortcourse will guide you through the process. In addition to the four class sessions, you will be paired with an experienced “mentor” who will provide one-on-one assistance.

Course fee is $40/family. Space is limited.  To register, print and mail the attached flyer. Or, register online at:

Questions? Call or email Amy Grotta, (503) 397-3462 or

Soil Health Workshop a Success!

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.

OSU Extension Releases Information on Tree Pests to Expect This Summer

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

Coyote Bush Cuttings

In preparation for our annual native plant sale, we are experimenting with Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis) cuttings that we got from the NRCS plant materials center in Corvallis.  We’ll attempt to grow out the cuttings in the next few months and hopefully will have some for sale in February!

Fish Passage Restored!

We were approached by Terry Hansen who was concerned about his access road from farm to field in the winter of 2011. His concern was about the crossing’s collapsed culvert that was causing severe headcut erosion on the banks and creating a barrier for fish passage.