Conservation Neighbor: Alan Ayres

Alan milling lumber for the Confluence Building.

As a youngster exploring the wild forests and streams of his home, Alan Ayres developed an appreciation for the abundant waters and lush vegetation that gave him comfort. Now he is working with The Confluence to create a sustainable office building in downtown Corvallis. Read more »

Conservation Neighbor: Jenny Brausch

Jenny at the water's edge

When asked what conservation challenges she faces, Jenny says the biggest one is when she feels that what she does doesn’t do enough. “Then I remember the butterfly effect. Success is seeing the work that BSWCD does.” Read more »

Conservation Neighbor: Ed Easterling

Ed describes the layout of Crestmont Land Trust compared to other oak and prairie restoration sites in the Wren area.

“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. Read more »

Conservation Neighbor: Karrie Woodruff

Karrie, at center with sunglasses, models active listening for her students on a Salmon Watch field trip.

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. Read more »

Conservation Neighbor: Molly Monroe

Momlly wearing a blue butterfly tshirt, releasing a monarch butterfly at a preschool event.

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! Read more »

River Steward: Scott Youngblood

Scott Youngblood paddling on the Willamette. © L. Brown

When Scott Youngblood comes into the room, he doesn’t just bring a wealth of knowledge and a Southern drawl, he brings a contagious enthusiasm for conservation and restoration and an unparalleled love for the Willamette River. Read more »

Hundred Acre Wood: A Retirement Project

Jane Viehl on her land

Managing a 100-acre farm is the adventure Jane and Larry Viehl chose for retirement. And while there’s been no end to the work, they are pleased they chose this retirement option instead of golfing in the desert or that beachfront condo in Florida. Read more »