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Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 1
Erik Swartzendruber | December 17, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 1: Introduction to Soil Carbon Sequestration Improving soil and solving climate

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 2
Erik Swartzendruber | December 16, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives.   Part 2: Root exudates          In the first

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 3
Erik Swartzendruber | December 15, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 3: Making organic matter stay in the soil       

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 4
Erik Swartzendruber | December 14, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 4: Increasing organic matter levels more quickly In science class, many

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 5
Erik Swartzendruber | December 13, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 5: Limits to soil carbon sequestration There is understandable hype about

Regenerative Garden Planted in Corvallis Central Park
Owen Dell | December 12, 2021

Click to enlarge! “The world gives us so very much. It gives us our life. All of our neighbors — the ants, spiders, salmon, geese, sharks, seals, cottonwoods, chestnuts — are doing the real work of keeping this planet going. Isn’t it time we did our share?” –Derrick Jensen, from “Endgame: Resistance” The Willamette Valley

clusters of plants packed tightly in a garden with stones
Regenerative Landscaping
Teresa Matteson | December 11, 2021

Healthy soils capture and filter water, recycle nutrients from decomposing organic matter, resist wind and water erosion, and grow more vigorous plants. Use these soil-friendly management practices to increase soil carbon.

Gardening As If the World Depends On It
Teresa Matteson | December 7, 2021

Signe Danler teamed up with Emily Klammer to create this one-page, print-ready poster of six simple actions to improve your garden and the world.

The CERT logo for Benton County with green letters and the iconic Benton County Courthouse
Emergency Preparedness Tips #12
Pam Wilson | October 29, 2021

In this twelfth installment of Pam Wilson’s Emergency Preparedness Series, she shares ideas to help you prepare for wildfires, power outages, and sheltering in place.

Michael Ahr and Tamra Dickinson going after Ludwigia and Yellow floating heart on the Willamette this past summer.
Notes from the Field: Willamette Mainstem Cooperative in 2021
Troy Abercrombie | October 29, 2021

In April of 2021, Benton SWCD welcomed Michael Ahr as our Natural Resources Conservation Program Manager. Michael immediately hit the ground running as he and his team took on multiple inventories on the Willamette this summer, searching out Ludwigia and yellow floating heart and complementing the work of colleagues from Willamette Riverkeeper.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips #11
Pam Wilson | October 8, 2021

In this post, Pam discusses tasks to revisit this month, emergency services, emergency water storage, and where to get info about daily burn regulations.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips # 10
Pam Wilson | September 10, 2021

In Pam Wilson’s tenth blog post, she reviews the process of calling 911 so you know what to expect if you ever find yourself needing to make that call. She also shares some great resources for September, which is National Preparedness Month.

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