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Conservation planning is a natural resources problem-solving and management process that integrates ecological, economic, and social considerations. Our conservation planners are ready to assist you in developing your own plan to maintain and improve soil and water quality while meeting your other land management goals.
Sustainable agriculture is a means of producing food without depleting the earth’s resources or polluting the environment. It works to mimic nature’s self-sustaining processes by promoting biodiversity, recycling plant nutrients, protecting soil from erosion, conserving and protecting water, and integrating livestock with crop production.
If your property has a septic system, it is important to understand how it works and what is required to maintain the system in order to maximize its life expectancy. Maintenance is the key to a properly functioning and long lasting septic system. A failed septic system can contaminate local water sources and cause serious public health risks and environmental harm.
Willamette Valley native plants can tolerate cool, wet winters and warm dry summers. They do not require added fertilizers, and rarely need supplemental water after a year or two of summer watering to help them get established. We promote the use of native plants with our native plant sale and other handy resources.
The Marion SWCD recognizes a need to provide up-to-date information for both new and long-time residents of rural Marion County. The Rural Living Handbook contains basic information and identifies resources for property owners who would like additional information.