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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

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

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Are You a Beaver Believer?
Heath Keirstead | May 12, 2014

How you feel about beavers probably depends on where you live and what your experiences with them have been. Not everyone who has beavers on their property wants to keep them around. According to a recent survey of Oregonians, respondents who have experienced beaver impacts are less likely to take advantage of incentives for retaining

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A Walk on the Wild Side
Holly Crosson | October 2, 2013

You never know where a walk on the wild side will take you. Surprisingly, a walk at Jackson Frazier Wetland has even inspired me to get creative in the kitchen!

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A Word from Your Local NRCS Representative
Thomas Snyder | September 18, 2013

Learn a little more about your local NRCS representative in Benton County

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