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rows of newly planted hazelnuts converge in the distance
rows of newly planted hazelnuts converge in the distance

Successful Country Living

Successful country living  requires neighborly cooperation. Your practices can impact your neighbor’s property and their practices can impact you. Meet some of the locals to better understand the community character and dynamics.

Rural Roads

Learn more about how to navigate safely on rural roads.

Vineyard © A. Napier
Vineyard © A. Napier

Things You Should Know When Living Next to…

Learn some important points for living next to vineyards, orchards, seed farms, Christmas tree farms, organic farms, logging operations, and dairies.

an intern digging into a field
an intern digging into a field

Management Plan

A management plan is a written record of your natural resources, the recommended conservation practices, and the management decisions that you choose to implement and maintain on your land. Developing a management plan is a proactive effort to protect the natural resources on your property. It is also the first step in finding and qualifying for government conservation programs and funding. Management plans can be developed for a number of different resources: forestry, agriculture, soil, water and wildlife habitat.

field burning for flowers
field burning for flowers

Fire Prevention

Fire needs three elements to occur: fuel, oxygen and heat. Remove any one of them and the fire will die out. Fuel is defined as anything that can burn. Many fires start from a single ember that lands on a fuel source. The reduction of fuel sources around a structure can greatly increase the chance that it will survive a wildfire. Benton County or the Oregon Department of Forestry will provide a free home site evaluation of defensible space upon request, as well as trainings for groups. 

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  • Firewise

    Residents reducing wildfire risks.

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  • OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program

    Webinar: Wildfire Wednesdays: It takes a village!

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