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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

Notice of Annual Meeting

The Marion SWCD will be holding its 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Creekside Golf Club in Salem.  The public is invited to attend.

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Manure Anyone?

   PLANNING A GARDEN?  WANT TO ENRICH YOUR SOIL?  Maybe its time to add some nutrients to your soil with some “black gold” aka MANURE. We have done the work for you and rounded up a list of local farmers and ranchers who are willing to share (freely) the excess manure their livestock has gifted them with. Turn to our Manure Exchange Service listing to find a supplier nearest you!  Simply give them a call to arrange pick-up (date and time convenient to you both).  Your garden/or farm will thank you!  This is a free, goodwill community network project.  No guarantees or endorsements apply.

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ODA Reveals its newly designed website!!

The Oregon Department of Agricultural has announced its new and improved website. The website is now user-friendly and is streamlined to make navigation easier and is now mobile-friendly for those of you who like smartphones and tablets! ODA website:


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

The Winners of the 2014 K-5 Grade Mural Art Contest – Revealed!

Click on the “Dig Deeper”  logo to see the winning entries from this year’s contest, and to discover which classrooms/schools created each entry received.

"Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil" this year's contest theme (logo)

“Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” this year’s contest theme (logo)


Central Oregon's Cascades Lakes Welcome Station construction begins (photos)

The Cascade Lakes Highway, as many Oregonians know, could be a national park in many other states. With access to the Three Sisters volcanoes plus Broken Top, then the string of high mountain lakes, it is as good as it gets for recreation offerings in the country.

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