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Prairies of the Willamette Valley: A Panel Discussion
Heath Keirstead | January 23, 2018

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Benton SWCD held our Annual Meeting for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. We have been focusing on (and will continue to focus on) prairie/meadowscaping outreach. We wanted people to leave the annual meeting with an understanding of why prairies are important habitats and why they are important to conserve/create. We wanted members of

Meadowscaping Your Willamette Valley Yard
Heath Keirstead | December 12, 2017

Practical tips for meadowscaping shared by professionals from the Corvallis Plant Materials Center.

Conservation Neighbor: Teresa Matteson
Heath Keirstead | May 12, 2017

For many, soil is one of the most underappreciated resources on our planet; but not so for Teresa Matteson, a passionate soil pioneer who knows we shouldn’t be treating our soil like dirt!

Half Moon Bend Restoration Project Area © C. Durbecq
Half Moon Bend Restoration Project
Heath Keirstead | April 8, 2017

A 27 acre portion of a 115 acre parcel of the Willamette River Greenway, just north of Corvallis, is the site of a demonstration project for riparian forest restoration practices and future riparian forest ecology studies in a bottomland forest.

Tansy Ragwort is in Full Force!
Heath Keirstead | August 5, 2016

What are those bright yellow flowers dotting fields and roadsides? They’re tansy ragwort, and they are toxic!

Fischer's Flour Mill. Benton County Historical Society and Museum Collection (Harriet Moore collection) #1990-068.1292
Mill Race Urban Creek Tour
Heath Keirstead | May 26, 2016

A portal to a series of blog posts about the Mill Race in South Corvallis.

dusky pink showy milkweed flowers
Plant a Patch of Milkweed!
Heath Keirstead | January 13, 2016

Are you considering planting milkweed to save the monarchs? Milkweed has beautifully intricate, dusky-rose flowers and it’s the larval host for the monarch butterfly. The abundant nectar of milkweed flowers attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, honey bees, native bees, and other beneficial insects. Now are you considering planting milkweed to save the monarchs? BUT- planting ONE showy

Rain Garden I
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Beth Young’s Rain Garden Design

Shade Garden Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Beth Young’s Shade Garden Design

Native and Edible: A Backyard Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Native edibles are low-care (if planted in the right place) because they are uniquely adapted to our soil, weather and seasons. While they are providing berries for our jam, they are also feeding and housing our birds, bees, bugs and other native critters that badly need our help.

Butterflies and Beneficials Garden Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

This beneficials attracting garden plan is a low, sunny border planting, 30’ wide by 5’ deep.

Ludwigia hexapetala inlet © A. Neill
Aquatic Weed Guide for Benton County and Beyond
Heath Keirstead | July 9, 2015

Learn to identify 12 pernicious plants that threaten our waterways.

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