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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

2015 Native Plant Sale

The District’s annual native plant sale will be Friday and Saturday March 13 & 14 at Bauman Farms in Gervais.  We’ll have over 80 species of native plants to choose from. More information on our Events Page. Hope to see you there!

Register Today! 2015 K-5 Grade Mural Art Contest

Register Today to Participate!

Click here or on the above LOGO to learn more about the 2015 K-5 G Mural Art Contest. Teams must register by 5 pm, Friday, February 13, 2015 to participate. Contest Registration Form.


Free Manure Anyone?



Free Manure Anyone?

Free 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 have 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 (a 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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Genetic Engineering and Oregon Agriculture with Katy Coba

January 21, 2015. The Straub Environmental Learning Center Lecture Series presents Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba. 7:00 pm at the Loucks Auditorium in the Salem Public Library.  More information here

Salem No Ivy Coalition

A No Ivy Coalition has formed in Salem to help control and remove English ivy.  Volunteers are needed for ivy pull events.  Please contact Tibby Larson with the City of Salem to register 503-589-2197 and check out the No Ivy Coalition Facebook page for more information and to learn about the impacts of English Ivy.

Barred owl the culprit in Salem jogger attacks

One runner says he thought he was having a stroke when the bird twice knocked him in the head.

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