Marion County is the largest producer of agricultural goods in the state. It is important for farmers to be aware and have access to resources that can help answer questions and support natural resource conservation.


Raising livestock is a means of diversifying an operation because it complements many other practices. But raising animals comes with varying characteristics that should be considered prior to getting started.


A handful of soil is filled with millions of organisms working together to create nutrients, aerate the soil, and turn nitrogen from the air into a form that roots can absorb.

Natural Disasters

Information for referrals, well water testing, and fire preparedness.

Rural Living Handbook

The Rural Living Handbook compiles the basic of rural living for property owners who are new to the area or new to the rural lifestyle.


Water is considered to be one of the most abundant resources on Earth, yet less than 1% of it is actually drinkable. It is therefore vitally important to protect and conserve this resource.

Invasive Species

Wildfire Restoration

Here is a short list of native trees, shrubs and ground-cover/flowering plants for areas burned in the Beachie Creek / Lionshead Fires. The lists are separated into plants for upland areas (away from water) and stream side areas (near a water source).

Native Plants

Native plants are great for streamside planting, providing food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators, and they are usually easy to grow. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soils, and can tolerate cool, wet winters and warm dry summers.

For more information, please call 503-391-9927 or email [email protected].

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