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Working to engage ALL Benton County residents
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

We at Benton SWCD believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and supported in their exploration and enjoyment of the natural world.

Book Review: Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth has an optimistic message of standing up for your beliefs and it’s a great adventure story written for 9-13 year olds.

Invasive Species Control Grant Awards
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the invasive species control grants we have funded. Find out more here. Fiscal Year Recipient Invasive Species Amount Funded 19-20 Julia Bradshaw Invasive Blackberries $115.00 19-20 Jenny Brausch Japanese Knotweed $115.00 19-20 Jeremy Conyac Japanese Knotweed $115.00

Summer Ag Institute Scholarships
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the Summer Ag Institute Scholarships we have awarded since 2011. We only fund educators who work in Benton County for Session 1 of Oregon Agriculture In the Classroom’s Summer Ag Institute, which takes place in the summer. Year School/Organization Teacher 2019 Summer Ag Institute General Program Sponsorship 2018 Crescent Valley

Conservation Education Grant Awards
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the conservation education grants we have funded since 2007.   School Year School/Organization Project Amount Funded 19-20 Cascade Pacific RC&D/ Garfield/Lincoln Willamette Laja Twinning Youth Education Aves Compartidas $1,000.00 19-20 Inst. for Applied Ecology/ Garfield/Lincoln Willamette Laja Twinning Youth Education Aves Compartidas $996.50 19-20 Adams Elementary School Garden $342.99 19-20

Mud and Manure
Heath Keirstead | June 11, 2020

If you have livestock, you have to manage mud and manure. Click here to watch an excellent webinar titled Managing Mud and Manure on Your Small Farm, hosted by Melissa Fery of OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Sacrifice Areas A practice highlighted in the webinar is the construction of a sacrifice area, a reinforced

Why do birds matter to you?
Heath Keirstead | February 7, 2020

From 2019 to 2021, Benton SWCD is focusing our native plant outreach on birds and the actions we can take to support them. Some of the important services birds provide include: Birds control pests – birds eat millions of tons of insects every year including mosquitoes and agricultural pests. Birds pollinate plants – some of

Low Salmon Returns, The Blob, and Raising Awareness
Heath Keirstead | February 6, 2020

In the north Pacific, the Blob returned in 2019.

Conservation Neighbor Ron Leonard
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Kids in Linn and Benton Counties are fortunate to have lifelong educator Ron Leonard to guide their outdoor education.

Conservation Neighbor Tara Davis
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Tara Davis puts her unique skill set to work for watershed health, here in Oregon and abroad.

Cliff Hall in Kings Valley © T. Matteson
Cliff Hall – Leaving things better than he found them
Heath Keirstead | August 1, 2019

This article has five authors: Donna Schmitz, Teresa Matteson, Heath Keirstead, Laura Brown, and Holly Crosson. On June 30, 2019, Dr. Clifford Hall resigned from Benton SWCD’s Board of Directors, on which he had served since 2003. During his tenure, the District developed a high quality budgeting process and grew our staff from 2 to

Choose the right plants for your site
Heath Keirstead | January 10, 2019

Whether you have sun or shade, clay or sandy soil, you want to choose the right plants for your site.

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