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Marion Soil & Water Conservation District

Your Partner in Conservation

The Marion SWCD is a local government agency that works to protect, enhance, and improve the natural resources in Marion County through education, technical assistance and grants.

What can the Marion SWCD do for You......

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Marion SWCD grants support on the ground conservation in Marion County. The District's grants are here to support urban or rural residents implement conservation practices. The District can also assist residents in finding additional funding.

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If you have a natural resource concern on your property or a question about natural resources, the Marion SWCD can be of service to you. The Marion SWCD provides site visits and technical expertise for all county residents.

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Increasing the awareness of the county's resource concerns and ways of addressing them is a major goal of the Marion SWCD. The District provides many educational opportunities to residents in addition to a educational grant program.

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SWCD Updates

“Bee” Careful: New EPA Pollinator Hazard Labels

Before using any pesticides to control weeds or insects read the hazards label found on the bottle. The U.S EPA has added a new pollinator hazard box and created a bee icon to alert the user of potential hazards to bees. Click here for more information and to see what the new icon looks like!! The New EPA Pollinator Box on Pesticide Labels

Notice of Election for District Directors

The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District hereby gives Notice that on November 4, 2014, an election will be held for the purpose of electing board director(s) to the following positions for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District: Zone 2 – 4 years; Zone 3 – 4 years; Zone 5 – 4 years; At-Large 2 – 4 years.

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2014 Summer Newsletter

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1st Place Envirothon team from South Salem High School.

The District’s Summer edition of its Conservation Insider newsletter is ready to be viewed. Learn about the District and how it can help you.
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Detroit Lake Shoreline & Riverside Clean-Up

September 27, 2014 10:00am – 1:00pm. Come join us on National Public Lands Day to help clean-up Detroit Lake’s shoreline and riverside. Bring your helping hands and we will supply the gloves and trash bags! Click here for more information: Detroit Lake Clean Up

AgroForestry Workshop

October 21 and 22, 2014 Corvallis, Oregon

Please join us for this two-day workshop at the Children’s Farm Home Historic Old School in Corvallis for this informative, hands-on workshop. Learn basic agroforestry concepts, practical applications and practice design considerations specific to the Pacific Northwest. Participants will attend a general session on commonly used agroforestry practices, opportunities for technical and financial support and relevant state regulations that may impact implementation. There will also be a field trip to a local agroforestry operation. Who should attend? Landowners, crop consultants, conservation planners, students and interested public. Please click here for more information and the agenda: Agroforestry Workshop Agenda

Hagg Lake drowning: Submerged trenches, lack of life vests contributed to similar incidents

A family of four drowned at Hagg Lake Monday, and several other drowning incidents have happened at the same spot. Gaston Fire Chief Roger Mesenbrink said it's because of submerged trenches and a lack of safety precautions, like life vests.

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