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Our Partners

Many associations, agencies, non-profits, and other organizations offer services that contribute to Marion SWCD’s mission to protect, conserve and improve the quality of soil and water in Marion County through planning, technical assistance and education. Click on a title in the bulleted list to learn more about an organization. If you think a conservation partner is missing from this list, let us know.

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Ankeny Hill Nature Center

The Ankeny Hill Nature Center has multiple ways to explore the wildlife and native habitats of the Willamette Valley. From hikes to hands-on discovery spaces, The Center is designed so visitors of any age, interest, or ability can find ways to interpret nature. The Center takes advantage of its location at the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge to provide multiple educational environments including media exhibitions, the Nature Explore area for kids, outlooks and learning stations along accessible pathways and discovery elements throughout the Refuge.

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City of Keizer

As part of their commitment to environmental sustainability the City of Keizer provides public education and outreach throughout the City.

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City of Salem

The City of Salem offers services for stormwater management, urban forestry, clean streams, and much more.

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Chemeketa Community College Agriculture Complex

Agriculture is changing. The Chemeketa Agriculture Complex serves as a hub to expand classes and facilities to better meet the training needs of farms and nurseries in our region.

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Claggett Creek Watershed Council

A group of Marion County, OR residents dedicated to the enhancement and protection of water quality and habitat in the Claggett Creek Watershed and beyond.


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Marion County

Marion County Environmental Services provides residents and visitors with innovative solid waste, parks, noxious ​w​eed and water quality programs.

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Marion County Farm Bureau

The Marion County Farm Bureau represents the interests of farmers and ranchers throughout Marion County, Oregon.

Mid-Willamette Cooperative Weed Management Area

The Mid-Willamette CWMA is a local partnership of individuals, organizations, and agencies in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties with similar weed concerns and issues.

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North Santiam Watershed Council

The North Santiam Watershed Council acts together with landowners and partners to restore habitat important to fish and wildlife. Providing opportunities for stakeholders to cooperate in promoting and sustaining the health of the watershed and its communities.

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Oregon Association of Nurseries

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is the community dedicated to the long-term success, profitability and excellence of Oregon’s nursery and greenhouse industry.

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Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

OCA’s mission is to promote environmentally and socially sound cattle industry practices alongside a positive and contemporary image of the industry; improve and strengthen the industry’s economics; assure a strong political presence in related areas; and protect industry communities and private property rights.

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Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture remains able to serve the changing needs of Oregon’s diverse agricultural and food sectors to maintain and enhance a healthy natural resource base and strong economy in rural and urban communities across the state.​​

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Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon Department of Forestry serves the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

ODFW’s mission is to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

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Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Because we depend so profoundly on our forests, it’s important for students to understand not only how they work, but also how we are connected to them ecologically, economically and socially. OFRI offers programs and materials to support forestry education in the field and the classroom.

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The Oregon Garden

The Oregon Garden is a stunning botanical garden encompassing over 80 acres and featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest.

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Oregon Sheep Growers Association

The Oregon Sheep Growers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and profitability of the sheep industry in Oregon.

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OSU Extension Service

OSU Extension partners with local communities to provide trusted expertise and science-based knowledge to address critical issues and help every Oregonian thrive. We are committed to creating positive change through programs and providing spaces where each person feels safe and welcome. Active local programs include 4-H, Master Gardeners, Small Farms, and more.

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Oregon Wheat Growers League

The Oregon Wheat Commission and the Oregon Wheat Growers League cooperate to enhance the profitability of Oregon wheat growers by communicating with and educating ourselves and the public; assuring markets; and conducting and stimulating research.

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Oregon Women for Agriculture

The Oregon Women of Agriculture is an all-volunteer group that focuses on nearly all facets of agriculture. Membership requires an annual membership due and provides pertinent information related to agricultural production and an open forum to discuss, use, and develop ideas and skills.

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Pudding River Watershed Council

The council is a group of diverse people who are committed to public collaboration for natural resource conservation efforts. The council’s main roles are to provide a place for public participation, and to serve as a medium for communication between the civil, governmental and private sectors.

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Salem Audubon Society

Salem Audubon Society’s mission is to connect people with nature through education focused on birds, wildlife, habitats, and the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.

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Salem Environmental Education

The Salem Environmental Education (SEE) is dedicated to providing and supporting environmental education in the Salem community. Being receptive and responsive to the needs of the community through partnerships with agencies and organizations are central to the mission.

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Santiam Water Control District

The District delivers water to three hydroelectric plants, municipal water to the City of Stayton, cooling water to Norpac Foods, irrigation water for over 17,000 acres and other various uses such as fish propagation, wildlife habit and wetland maintenance.

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Straub Outdoors

Straub Outdoors is a nonprofit organization offering educational programs that increase science literacy, promote sustainable approaches to daily life, create an understanding of the natural world, and inspire ecological stewardship.

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USDA Farm Service Agency

The FSA’s mission is to equitably serve all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. FSA holds its meetings once a month to discuss with its constituents their programs and the policies that dictate their process.

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS is an agency committed to “helping people help the land” — their mission is to provide resources to farmers and landowners to aid them with conservation. Ensuring productive lands in harmony with a healthy environment is their priority. The NRCS holds its work group meetings once a year with local stakeholders to discuss natural resource concerns in the county. This information is used by the NRCS to develop priorities for their long term strategic plan.

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US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Since 1987, we have helped more than 60,000 landowners restore more than 7 million acres of forest, prairie, wetland and stream habitat for wildlife.

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