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Yamhill County - Information for Partners and Participants

Yamhill County, Oregon

Yamhill County, totaling 459,384.8 acres, is predominately privately owned (372,562.2 acres or 81% of total acres) with agriculture and forest products leading as the county’s primary industries. Agricultural products grown in Yamhill County are diverse and include grains, grass seed, vegetable and oil seed crops, nurseries, orchards and vineyards.

The NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to landowners and producers that are working to improve natural resources on their operation. Over the past decade the focus for NRCS has been on water quantity and water quality issues in Yamhill County.

Forestland became a priority in 2009 when the 2008 Farm Bill changed policy to allow program funding to be used for conservation implementation on forestland.

Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Owners in Yamhill County

The following Conservation Implementation Strategies are available to help Yamhill County agricultural producers address targeted resource concerns identified in the Long Range Plan. Click the project names below for more information:

Yamhill Forestry CIS - Structural Diversity in Forests Structural Diversity in Forests Strategy
Yamhill Water Quality CIS Lower Yamhill River Water Quality for Fish Habitat
Map - North Willamette Oak RCPP in Yamhill and Polk counties North Willamette Valley Upland Oak Restoration Partnership (RCPP)

Additional Funding Opportunities...

In addition to the local projects above, producers may also apply for statewide programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Organic Initiative, Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, On Farm Energy Initiative, and conservation easement programs. Visit with your local District Conservationist for more information on these and other programs, or visit the NRCS Programs webpage.

Yamhill County Long Range Plan

NRCS Oregon uses a Strategic Approach to Conservation to address priority natural resource concerns in specific watersheds and landscapes across the state. It all begins with a Long Range Plan. Each county develops a Long Range Plan with input from landowners, agency partners and other stakeholders that identifies and prioritizes natural resource concerns in the community. Based on those plans, NRCS works with partners to develop local Conservation Implementation Strategies to help agricultural producers in those targeted areas implement conservation practices that address the resource concerns. Long Range Plans are updated to reflect the changing needs and objectives of the county's natural resources.

Local Work Group Meetings

Every year, NRCS hosts a Local Work Group meeting where farmers, landowners, conservation partners and other members of the community discuss the natural resource needs for the county. Based on feedback from those meetings, NRCS updates the county's Long Range Plan and develops new Conservation Implementation Strategies to address those resource concerns. You may contact us anytime to express concerns or comments about conservation needs in the county, and we encourage you to attend the next Local Work Group meeting in your county. For more information about Local Work Group meetings, contact your local NRCS office.

The local work group has identified water quality, water quantity and forest health as the priority resource concerns in Yamhill County.

  • Water quality issues include temperature, sediment, nutrient and chemical pollutants.
  • Water quantity issues include inefficient use of irrigation water and use of inefficient irrigation systems.
  • Forest health issues are directly related to wildfire concerns and include overstocked stands, pests and disease, and invasive species. The resource concerns all contribute to an increase in wildfire risk.

Contact Your Local Yamhill County Conservationist

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Success Stories in Yamhill County

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Yamhill County Rancher Breathes New Life into Oregon White Oak

If you take a stroll through Cherry Hill Ranch, you might feel like you’re in a fairy tale. That’s because it’s home to many majestic oak trees that are hundreds of years old. Leo Krick and his wife Mary own and operate the 209-acre ranch, nestled in the heart of Oregon’s wine country in Yamhill County. Working with the Yamhill SWCD and NRCS, the Krick Family is restoring native oak habitat that benefits more than 200 wildlife species.