The 2nd edition of Lincoln SWCD's Rural Living Handbook is now available. We have compiled this handbook to address some of the issues rural landowners may encounter. The issues covered in the handbook range from construction and engineering to business practices, animal care and management, and government regulation.
This 2nd edition handbook was updated by Lincoln SWCD with support from the Plum Creek Foundation, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon State University Extension, and multiple local business sponsorships.
Hard copies of the handbook are available for free at the District's office: 23 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365. A downloadable PDF of the handbook is available at the button below:
Upcoming October 1st MidCoast Watersheds Council Monthly Meeting: Update on the warm blob and strengthening El Niño
The public is invited to the MidCoast Watersheds Council monthly meeting in conjunction with Hatfield Marine Science Center's Science on Tap series Thursday, October 1st at 6:30 pm in Toledo. The topic will be about the unusual ocean conditions along the West Coast with an update on the "blob" and strengthening El Niño. The meeting will be held at the Twisted Snout brewery in Toledo, located at 318. S. Main St.
Dr. Laurie Weitkamp will be the presenter. She is a salmon biologist at the NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center here in Newport. She studies the ecology of young salmon in estuarine and marine environments to better understand why salmon survival is highly variable among years. This topic includes documenting the impacts of recent unusual conditions on our local marine ecosystem.
Since late 2013, the Northeast Pacific ocean and adjacent terrestrial environments have been unusually warm; this warm water mass is commonly referred to as "the blob". In spring 2015, an El Niño began to develop at the equator, which will reach full strength during the winter 2015/2016 and likely be the largest on record. Laurie will provide a review of these two events and describe some of the biological impacts they're having in local waters and across the North Pacific.
Sea Surface Temperature anomalies from 14th September, 2015 showing the warm blob in the North Pacific and El Nino at the equator. Source: NOAA
"Seeing the Forest" Documentary highlights successes of the Siuslaw National Forest's focus on habitat and protection of natural resources.
The Siuslaw National Forest is the largest public landholding in Lincoln County. The documentary Seeing the Forest tells the story of how the Siuslaw National Forest — once an epicenter of conflict — became a pioneer in ecosystem restoration and innovative management. It’s a story of courageous leadership, and of people from all sides coming together to create a sustainable future for the forest and the human community that depends on it.
Watch the trailer here: http://alanhonick.com/seeing-the-forest/
TEN RIVERS FOOD WEB in partnerships with Santiam Food Alliance, Calapooia Food Alliance, Marys River Grange, Marys River Watershed Council, Friends of Family Farmers & Coastal Farmer’s Markets invites your participation in one of four events:
March 7 | Scio Fire Department | 10am–2 pm
March 28 | Philomath Marys River Grange | 10am–2 pm
April 4 | Brownsville Community Center | 11am–1 pm (Entrance is behind the building, which is City Hall.)
April 18 | Yachats Community Commons, Room #8 | 10:30am–2:30 pm
We look forward to seeing you at a convening near you
REEF program develops future leaders with hands-on science education
1,000 local students into the field for real life science. SDCWC is pioneering field-based science education for middle and high school students in the REEF (Restoring Ecosystems, Educating Future Conservation Leaders) program. After a very successful inaugural academic year 2013-2014 serving 1,000 students, the program has been greatly expanded to include more students, classes and field trips to learn about watershed science.
In a school district with limited resources, SDCWC provides the curriculum and transportation to get North Lincoln County middle and high school students into the field to learn about science in a hands-on way. In this academic year, SDCWC has already served over 400 students with activities like on-site water sampling and field measurements. Later in the year REEF includes a natural resources Career Day and finishes up with Ecology Camp.
The REEF program is made possible by grant funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Gray Family Foundation.
Learn more about SDCWC's REEF education program>>
We're looking forward to seeing you on February 28th, 2015! Registration is now open. Don't delay as the $45 per person registration fee will increase on February 2nd!This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.Twenty-four sessions will be offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers. This year there will be a session track in Spanish.
Speakers will include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.