NEW: Conservation Spotlight. Co-creating a Regenerative Post-Capitalism Community with Dr. Chong Kee Tan

Dr. Chong Kee Tan, Associate Director for Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, on his permaculture farm called Labishire where he’s creating a regenerative post-capitalism community by becoming self-sufficient on the land.

Native Plants With Jenny Meisel – 7:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, November 18

Join Jenny Meisel, Native and Invasive Plant Specialist at the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), to learn how the Marion SWCD promotes the use of native plants in urban and rural areas in Marion County. 

In addition, she will discuss Marion SWCD’s efforts to help landowners restore properties impacted by the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires.

For more information and to register for this Zoom presentation, email John Savage at [email protected]

First Fridays: 10:00-11:00 am

A non-formal presentation and opportunities to network

with subject matter experts.

December 3: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Drew Donahue, Multi-County Riparian Technician. Our target audience will be farmers and producers.

January 7: Climate and How to Plant for the Future, Weston Miller, Oregon State Assistant Professor Department of Horticulture. Our target audience will be urban growers and folks with landscape interest in the yard setting.

February 4: Winter Twig ID, Amy Bartow, NRCS Plant Materials Center. Our target audience is anyone looking to learn more about how to identify native deciduous trees in winter.

March 4: Marion County Recycling/Composting Reduce and Reuse, Dakota Tangredi, Reduction Coordinator. Our target audience is any interested Marion County resident who is interested in reducing the waste stream through consumer reduction, reuse, and finally recycling.

April 1: Invasive Plant Species ID with Jenny Meisel, MSWCD Native & Invasive Plant Specialist. Our target audience is Marion County residents who would like to learn how to identify invasive plant species on their property to better manage their land.

Please RSVP here: Eventbrite. By registering via Eventbrite you will receive the zoom link to attend your desired First Friday program, you will need to select all the dates you would like to attend. Select a specific date first, then click the green register button.

For more information, questions about accessibility, or to request accommodations please contact Marion SWCD at 503.391.9927 or [email protected]


Conservation Spotlight Podcast: Shinning light on partnerships and programs for natural resources in Marion County. Hosted by KMUZ 100.7 and 88.5 FM Willamette Wake Up 8am and 6pm.

09/15/2021 Conservation Spotlight: Dry Farming, Amy Garrett OSU Extension

08/18/2021 Conservation Spotlight: Meet Conservation Power House Kassi Roosth

07/21/2021: Conservation Spotlight: Mark Akimoff and his new role as Conservation Planner

06/16/2021: Conservation Spotlight: Anna Rankin w/ Pudding River Watershed Council

05/19/2021: Conservation Spotlight: Focus on Invasive Weeds w/ with Joel Price (Oregon Dept. of Ag)

04/21/2021: Conservation Spotlight on Partnership with City of Keizer

03/17/2021 : Conservation Spotlight on Tree & Debris Removal after Ice Storm

02/17/2021 : Conservation Spotlight: A look at the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District

Fire Preparedness in Marion County video and resources

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