What we do

The YWSF is a local tax exempt 501(c) 3 public charity with the mission of promoting knowledge and appreciation of healthy lands, waters, and wildlife in the Yamhill region. To accomplish this mission, we raise and disperse monies locally throughout the entire Yamhill region to individuals, groups, and organizations whose efforts fulfill our mission statement. Since our incorporation, our group of volunteers has provided several local community grants for a variety of activities and projects.

Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund envisions all people living as stewards, demonstrating understanding and appreciation of healthy lands, waters, and wildlife.

 

Activities & Accomplishments

To date the YWSF has:

Provided these local community grants to the Yamhill Region

    •  to reprint “Educator’s Guide to Teaching Nature and Ecology” for local teachers and libraries.
    •  to fund a demonstration rainwater capture/garden at a local preschool.
    •  for a summer environmental camp in Yamhill and Carlton “Critters in the Creek.”
    •  for the “Kaleidoscope Project,” a book of natural and cultural history and outdoor explorations in Yamhill County.
    •  for GIS software and computer upgrade to the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council.
    •  Kids On The Block after-school environmental education grants. YWSF has provided funding for teaching, equipment, and supplies such as field vests, hand lenses, microscope and compasses to engage elementary school children in exploration of nature and the outdoors.
    • 8th Annual Celebrate Our Watersheds Success!

 

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YWSF received a grant from Yamhill County Cultural Coalitionto sponsor FOOD, ART, NATURE Film Festival. The film festival on March 17, 2012 at Linfield College and featured six separate movies with panel discussions. A small but enthusiastic group attended and we hope to do this event again next year.

Local Community Involvement in the Yamhill Region

Organized and spearheaded the formation of a conservation consortium, the Yamhill Partners for Land and Water, a group focused on increasing and improving conservation opportunities in Yamhill County. The partnership includes The Nature Conservancy, Columbia Land Trust, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Trust for Public Lands, Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, and Friends of Yamhill County.

YWSF Grant Application

Organizational Stewardship

  •  Held Annual Retreat focusing on 2010 Strategic Planning,
  •  Worked with a local artist for development of logo
  •  Developed a vision statement.
  •  Established Goals and a work plan to include a 5-year plan to address: Board Development, Public Relations, Advanced Grant Procedures, and Streamline Fundraising.

Your contributions to the YWSF are tax deductible to the full extent of the law, Federal ID # 75-31749000.

Long Term Vision

Goals:

  •  Outreach:
    To inspire and mobilize Yamhill region residents to be knowledgeable advocates for the protection and restoration of healthy waters, lands, and wildlife.
  •  Funding Education Outreach:
    To support and fund education and outreach about healthy waters, land, and wildlife in the Yamhill Region.
  •  Organization Sustainability:
    To obtain steady funding for YWSF staff, office, and programs; sufficient community involvement to achieve the Work Plan; and active volunteers and partnerships within our region.