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Conservation Neighbor: Ed Easterling
Donna Schmitz | December 30, 2020

“Conservation gives production a richer purpose,” Ed Easterling says. In 2012, Ed founded Crestmont Land Trust (CLT), a non-profit land trust with a mission to own and manage self-sustaining habitat with a charitable, recreational, educational, and research focus.

Conservation Neighbor: Jerry Paul
Heath Keirstead | December 30, 2020

Native plants brought the Pauls to Benton SWCD after they moved to Corvallis in 2006. By 2012, Jerry had revolutionized the order fulfillment process at the Native Plant Sale.

Conservation Neighbor: Karrie Woodruff
Heath Keirstead | December 30, 2020

As a Garfield Elementary School teacher, Karrie Woodruff became part of the BSWCD community through Salmon Watch in the fall of 2017. Since fewer Spanish-language resources exist, she creates engaging, hands-on lessons that build from what students know from their surroundings and integrate multicultural perspectives.

Conservation Neighbor: Andy Gallagher
Teresa Matteson | December 29, 2020

Andy Gallagher first came to Benton SWCD looking for conservation-minded people in the Willamette Valley.

Conservation Neighbors: The Mellenthins
Laura Brown | December 29, 2020

Matt and Serene Mellenthin know how lucky they are. Their spot on the Willamette River is their paradise.

Regenerative Garden Planted in Corvallis’ Central Park
Owen Dell | December 29, 2020

“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 WVRLC is always on the

Conservation Neighbor: Molly Monroe
Heath Keirstead | December 15, 2020

Molly Monroe, with her personal and professional dedication to conserving the natural world and its inhabitants, is a role model for all budding and even long-standing conservation practitioners. Read more about this inspiring conservation neighbor!

I Just Love This Place
Teresa Matteson | December 11, 2020

November 18, 2020 was a mixed-up weather day. You know the kind, where cold rain chills you to the bone while soaking jean legs below raincoat. Then, suddenly the clouds drift with the wind and sunlight brightens the day. In spite of the threat of weather, we agreed to hike around the 140 acres, a

A Guide to Backyard Bird Feeding
Lauren Pharr | December 1, 2020

Although there is no right way to “backyard bird,” there are many valuable tips to follow when wanting to attract birds to your backyard.

Getting to know our Thanksgiving Mascot: 10 Fun Facts about Turkeys
Lauren Pharr | November 2, 2020

It’s November at last, which most likely means that many people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities! Although Thanksgiving has evolved drastically over the years due to different traditions, there is one thing that probably comes to mind for the national holiday – Turkey! So how exactly did the turkey become the mascot for

Flying Through the Year: All About Bird Migration
Lauren Pharr | September 30, 2020

Migration season is here at last! Birds you see migrating right now began their migration in late fall, and will migrate back through beginning late winter. Migration is essential for birds, and for birders. Many birders and nature enthusiasts love to view bird migration in action: the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides resources such as

Getting to Know the Writer: All About Lauren Pharr
Lauren Pharr | September 1, 2020

My name is Lauren Pharr, and if you haven’t picked up already, I absolutely love birds. I am currently a second year Master’s student at North Carolina State University (NCSU) pursuing my degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. When I am not neck deep in reading research papers, I usually have my head in

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