Certification helps distribute payments to Benton County landowners

By Teresa Matteson | May 6, 2020
Before treatment, Oregon white oak crowded by Douglas fir and invasive plants like English ivy.

From February 2019 through February 2020, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District worked with the NRCS Tangent Field Office to certify backlogged Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) practices.

In Benton County, practices were certified for 11 landowners who worked in four land use categories: Hazelnut Production, Oak Restoration, Organic Small Farms, and Pasture. We assisted with the certification of 11 categories of practices on 482 acres along with 13,981 linear feet of fence and hedgerow. Our work helped NRCS distribute payments of $258,513.42 to Benton County landowners. This partnership with NRCS was funded by a one-year grant through the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

NRCS conservation practices are well-defined projects, such as fencing and irrigation, that help landowners focus on their goals while they responsibly manage essential natural resources: soil, water, air, plants, and animals, including wildlife. Here are some practices that we helped NRCS certify this past year with the three-number practice code. Click each practice to see a description.

Restored Oregon white oak
After forest stand improvement (thinning), the woody residue is piled to be burned and the area is then reseeded with native grass and forbs.


About the Author

Teresa Matteson

In 2001, I uprooted my family and moved to Corvallis to pursue a Master’s in Soil Science at OSU. Food waste composting research married with scholarly escapades into soil physics, chemistry and biology prepared me to be a member of the Benton SWCD Team. My passion is to revive regard for soil.

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