Healthy lands and waters are at the heart of what make the Greater Yamhill Watershed a wonderful place to live, work, and play. We enjoy productive agricultural and timber lands, iconic rural landscapes and growing urban centers, expansive networks of streams and rivers, and a diversity of native fish, plants, and wildlife. These natural resources tie us together as a community and give our local area its unique character.
After more than 150 years of settlement and development, however, we are just beginning to understand the collective impact to our watershed. Hundreds of miles of our local stream miles are degraded and polluted. Nearly all of our historic wetlands, prairies, and Oregon Oak woodland habitats have been removed. Noxious invasive weeds impact roadways, natural areas, agriculture crops, and timber lands. And reduced flows in surface and ground water limit uses for drinking water, irrigation, and stream habitat. With the variety of challenges facing our watershed, the long-term viability of our community depends on the work we do now to conserve and restore the health of our lands and waters.
The Greater Yamhill Watershed Council is a non-profit organization working to unite our community to conserve and restore the health of our watershed. We are passionate in our belief that everyone has a role to play in improving and sustaining our community. The best time to start may have been a 100 years ago, but the second best time is NOW! Get involved and start making a difference for our watershed today!