Your Source for Natural Resource Conservation & Land Management Practices Assistance, Plans and Education
We’re here to serve Marion County residents with information and assistance on conservation planning, invasive weeds, native plants, urban conservation, backyard habitats, livestock management, grant funding, wildlife, healthy woods, habitat restoration, school gardens and other projects for which they need assistance.
Succession Planning Workshop Series Continues Feb. 28
Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. By creating a succession plan, a family’s vision and intentions for their land can be addressed and implemented purposefully. Join us for this workshop series to learn more about succession planning and leaving a legacy for your family.
* Tuesday, Feb. 28 First Session will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon and the second session will begin at 1 and run till 4 p.m.
Design Your Succession Plan:
Cost for full Series:
To register visit: www.polkswcd.com
For more information contact: Karin Stutzman, District Manager
Native Plant Sale Slated For March
The 15th Annual Marion SWCD Native Plant Sale Scholarship Fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Bauman’s Farm and Garden, 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais Ore., 97026. Overstock will be sold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the same location.
Marion County OSU Extension master gardeners will have an information booth from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday as well. Experts will be available to answer gardening questions.
The district will hold a worm bin raffle and the winner will receive a complete bin with worms. Customers may signup anytime during the sale. The winner will be notified the following week. Worm composting is an environmentally friendly way to use table scraps and make garden and landscape fertilizer.
OSU Extension is offering free well water nitrate screenings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
For a list of plants available and their descriptions, click here Native Plant Descriptions
For a list of prices, click here 2017 Marion SWCD Native Plant Price List
To learn more about native plants, visit our Native Plant Page, under the Heading Resources, here Native Plants
Profits from the native plant sale go to fund the Stan Vistica Memorial Scholarship which is awarded yearly to two students from Marion County who are studying natural resources or agriculture at an Oregon college or university.
There will be no pre-orders. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted. There will be no limit on the number of plants that can be purchased on Friday.
For more information about native and invasive plants and the native plant sale, contact Jenny Meisel at (503) 399-9927×312 or send email to email@example.com.
For more information about the scholarship contact the Office of Student Access and Completion, which administers the scholarship, at www.oregonstudentaid.gov.
ODA Chooses Abiqua Creek as Strategic Implantation Area
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has selected Abiqua Creek in Marion County as a Strategic Implementation Area (SIA), an approach to provide education and outreach to producers where necessary to address water quality concerns on agricultural lands.
Mural Contest Registration Underway
Teachers and activity leaders, it’s that time of year again; time to register for the Marion SWCD mural competition. This year’s theme is “Forests for People…More Than You Can Imagine!”
Students from kindergarten to fifth grade may participate. Teams must have at least five students and no more than 30. Teams must have one adult supervisor. Registration is required.
Team leaders must submit registration forms by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Marion SWCD will provide each team with all the materials needed to take part in the event. These include; educational workbooks, activity filled coloring books, a teacher’s guidebook, mural paper and crayons. Every student will win prizes.
Teams with winning entries will receive special gifts and earn the school or organization $100 for educational supplies or equipment.
For more information visit our Mural page under the heading Education, call Janice Calkins at (503) 391-9927 or send email to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Our Manure Exchange Program and Help Conserve
Our Manure Exchange Program puts gardeners and landowners looking for free manure compost in touch with livestock owners who have excess fresh and composted manure.
Visit our Livestock program page located here under Resources for more information.
Read Our Tumblr Blog
Click the link and visit our Tumblr blog for the latest in news and photos of district happenings,
Latest Edition of the Insider
Read the Marion SWCD Insider August 2016 Edition
To read previous issues of the Insider, visit our Newsletter Page here.
Wondering when a meeting, event or activity is happening at the district?
Check out our calendar for listings for time and dates.
Visit our “Conservation In The News” page to read our blog and see what is happening with the district.
There you will find our newsletter, The Conservation Insider and information about upcoming classes and workshops.