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Adventures of an Amateur Mason Bee Keeper – Part 1
Debbie Palmer | April 27, 2017

Installment One – Spring – Tuesday April 25th After a disastrous experience in 2016* I was determined to do things right in 2017. BSWCD asked if I would blog about this year’s journey for their newsletter, so please follow along and hopefully we’ll learn together. (And for the bees’ sake – wish me luck!) I

An Afternoon Dig for Duck Potato
Julia Waters | November 29, 2016

Wapato Harvesting for Planting at Collins Bay   On a dry day in late summer, Benton SWCD’s Holly Crosson and Melissa Lemein along with myself, an OSU student volunteer, went to local landowner Marvin Gilmour’s farm to harvest wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) tubers for future planting at Collins Bay. Collins Bay is a side-channel of the

Celebrating Marvin Gilmour – Farmer/Wetland Restorationist/Engineer Extraordinaire!
Melissa Lemein | November 28, 2016

All of us at Benton SWCD would like to say a big Thank You to Marvin Gilmour, who has been the Zone 2 Director of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the past four years! Marvin will be stepping off of the Benton SWCD Board at the end of December, but he

Conservation Neighbor: Jeff Mitchell, Pax Produce
Jeff Mitchell | November 2, 2015

Every garden is a learning opportunity. I was fortunate to be able to teach hands-on Botany to many, fantastic high school kids in Lincoln County and Philomath High School for over 28 years. Through careful research we identified key components of successful gardens, vineyards and orchards. I learned many things from my students. One of

Amy Salisbury compost demo
Conservation Neighbor: OSU Eco-Rep Amy Salisbury
Amy Salisbury | May 27, 2015

Learn about campus sustainability efforts spearheaded by Eco-Representative Amy Salisbury and her colleagues.

Leslie Van Allen holds winter squash
Conservation Neighbor Leslie Van Allen and the Agrarian Way of Life
Teresa Matteson | January 20, 2015

Leslie endures the farm’s challenges to bring the bounty of the Earth and good will to our community.

sun log cookie © J. Paul
Providing for Pollinators: The Efforts of a Conservation Neighbor
Jerry Paul | November 18, 2014

Jerry Paul lends pollinators a helping hand and a whole lot of nesting options.

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Conservation Neighbor: Mary Eichler
Crystal Durbecq | September 24, 2014

Mary Eichler abides by a simple principle, “Do no harm.” She accomplishes this everyday by blending conservation principles with her livelihood.

Dixon Creek Trail at Jefferson Elementary © T. Matteson
Conservation Neighbor Patti Warner
Heath Keirstead | March 23, 2007

Did you know there are wildlife habitat education sites along Dixon Creek?

Anne Rigor
Conservation Neighbor Anne Rigor
Aimee Brown | August 3, 2006

Anne Rigor talks about giving back and protecting local natural resources.

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