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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.

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

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

Bob Morris is our new At-Large Director
Teresa Matteson | July 31, 2019

Bob Morris, previously an associate director, joined the Benton SWCD Board this summer as At-large Director. A retired veterinarian, educator extraordinaire, and passionate photographer, Bob can be easily spotted on BSWCD tours and during field days because he carries a camera with a gigantic telephoto lens. In his home garden, Bob captured this lovely shot

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!

Celebrating Marvin Gilmour – Farmer/Wetland Restorationist/Engineer Extraordinaire!
Melissa Lemein | November 28, 2016

All of us at Benton SWCD would like to say a big Thank You to Marvin Gilmour, who has been the Zone 2 Director of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the past four years! Marvin will be stepping off of the Benton SWCD Board at the end of December, but he

A Hedgerow for Pollinators
Donna Schmitz | November 6, 2015

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

Taylor at the 2014 Native Plant Sale. © H. Crosson
Taylor Williams: Intern-of-All-Trades
Taylor Williams | January 22, 2015

Taylor Williams helped populate Benton SWCD’s extensive website and much more during her internship in 2013.

Annual Meeting 2014 soils and products
2013-2014 Annual Meeting
Teresa Matteson | September 22, 2014

At the 2013-2014 Annual Meeting, Benton SWCD celebrated Benton County Terroir with a farm to fork showcase of local food producers and their soils.

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!

Emily at a state park, helping Crystal monitor a project site.
Outreach Intern Emily Love Platt
Emily Platt | July 3, 2014

Emily Platt describes her experience as an intern with BSWCD. Highlights included introducing soil augers and hummingbird antics to students.

2013 Annual Meeting
BSWCD Annual Meeting Includes Thought-Provoking Talk about the History of Native People Here
Andrea Davis | January 14, 2014

At the BSWCD Annual Meeting, Dr. David Brauner, OSU professor of anthropology, shared a glimpse of the little-known history of native peoples in this area.

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