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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.

Flour Power logo
Flour Power on the Mill Race: 2015 Urban Creek Tour
Heath Keirstead | May 6, 2015

Local experts will lead you on a free guided tour of the Mill Race on May 30th.

Goat munching ivy
Goats: Hungry to Help You Control Weeds!
Heath Keirstead | August 15, 2014

Goats are becoming a more common weed control option- find out why.

weed spotters mug
Wear our logo on your sleeve…or your water bottle
Heath Keirstead | July 3, 2014

Benton SWCD has opened the doors of our new store! Come see what we have to offer!

beaver © stevehdc
Are You a Beaver Believer?
Heath Keirstead | May 12, 2014

How you feel about beavers probably depends on where you live and what your experiences with them have been. Not everyone who has beavers on their property wants to keep them around. According to a recent survey of Oregonians, respondents who have experienced beaver impacts are less likely to take advantage of incentives for retaining

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