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Conservation Neighbor: Ed Easterling
Donna Schmitz | December 30, 2020

“Conservation gives production a richer purpose,” Ed Easterling says. In 2012, Ed founded Crestmont Land Trust (CLT), a non-profit land trust with a mission to own and manage self-sustaining habitat with a charitable, recreational, educational, and research focus.

2002 Cooperators of the Year: Cliff and Gay Hall
Donna Schmitz | August 1, 2019

In 1999, Cliff and Gay Hall bought a sheep farm in Kings Valley in northwestern Benton County with the hope of not only restoring the 1898 farm house, but also to manage the 80 acres with the goal of enhancing wildlife populations and diversity while preserving the pastoral beauty of the property.  With the help

Pollinators need nectar plants…and pollen plants
Donna Schmitz | January 5, 2017

Honey bees need more than nectar – they need the protein and fat that pollen provides.

A Hedgerow for Pollinators
Donna Schmitz | November 6, 2015

Hedgerows provide food, cover for nesting, shelter, and a travel lane for wildlife.

Douglas squirrel
Living with Wildlife: A Surprising Squirrel Story
Donna Schmitz | January 16, 2015

Landscaping for wildlife is a rewarding adventure and a growing trend in Benton County.

tree diameters © D. Schmitz
Density Matters
Donna Schmitz | October 3, 2014

Planting density impacts the size and vigor that trees are able to attain.

water footprint
What is your water footprint?
Donna Schmitz | May 28, 2014

Your indirect water footprint is much larger than your direct water footprint at home. Find out why and how you can reduce it.

bee © R. Schmitz
Will Benton County Be Oregon’s First Community Wildlife Habitat?
Donna Schmitz | April 11, 2014

With your help, Benton County can become the FIRST Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Oregon!

Riparian Planting © D. Schmitz
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Wants to Pay You!
Donna Schmitz | March 6, 2014

Do you have a streamside or riverside area on land you manage? You could get paid to take this land out of production!

irrigation photo from NRCS website
Are you using more water than you need to use?
Donna Schmitz | March 5, 2014

Learn how to water your crops efficiently at this timely and practical workshop.

Happenings at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture
Donna Schmitz | September 26, 2013

An inside look at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture.

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