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Getting to Know the Writer: All About Lauren Pharr
Lauren Pharr | September 1, 2020

My name is Lauren Pharr, and if you haven’t picked up already, I absolutely love birds. I am currently a second year Master’s student at North Carolina State University (NCSU) pursuing my degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. When I am not neck deep in reading research papers, I usually have my head in

Conservation Neighbor – Jenny Meisel
Laura Brown | May 15, 2020

Jenny Meisel, like so many of us, has been at home a lot recently. Like, a lot a lot. As in, the most consecutive time at home ever. While working a full-time job as Marion SWCD’s Native and Invasive Species Plant Specialist and simultaneously wrangling her extremely active three-year-old daughter, Jenny has still somehow managed

Certification helps distribute payments to Benton County landowners
Teresa Matteson | May 6, 2020

In 2019 and 2020, BSWCD helped NRCS certify EQIP practices in Benton County. Learn more!

Conservation Neighbor Ron Leonard
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Kids in Linn and Benton Counties are fortunate to have lifelong educator Ron Leonard to guide their outdoor education.

Conservation Neighbor Nick Cavagnaro
Teresa Matteson | December 31, 2019

Conservation Neighbor Nick Cavagnaro shares some tips for what to grow in Benton County. He doesn’t have use for plants that do not support the local wildlife, be it birds or insects.

Conservation Neighbor Tara Davis
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Tara Davis puts her unique skill set to work for watershed health, here in Oregon and abroad.

Cliff Hall in Kings Valley © T. Matteson
Cliff Hall – Leaving things better than he found them
Heath Keirstead | August 1, 2019

This article has five authors: Donna Schmitz, Teresa Matteson, Heath Keirstead, Laura Brown, and Holly Crosson. On June 30, 2019, Dr. Clifford Hall resigned from Benton SWCD’s Board of Directors, on which he had served since 2003. During his tenure, the District developed a high quality budgeting process and grew our staff from 2 to

The Maiden Voyage of the SS WMC!
Laura Brown | June 19, 2019

It was going to be a scorcher… 97 degrees was the predicted high for the Willamette Valley on that mid-June day. Fortunately for Benton SWCD’s Laura Brown and Charity Mundava (a Vera Theiss Fellow with the International River Foundation who had flown in from Australia the day before!) they would be taking Benton SWCD’s brand

River Steward: Scott Youngblood
Laura Brown | June 5, 2019

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.

E.D.R.R… what in the world does that mean?
Laura Brown | January 18, 2019

In the world of invasive species, it’s hard enough to keep up with the new species we should be aware of and then we’re expected to relearn the ever-changing genus/species combinations of plants we thought we already knew… On top of it all, we’re supposed to remember all the acronyms…oh the acronyms! Between SWCD’s (Soil

Hundred Acre Wood: A Retirement Project
Jane Viehl | September 17, 2018

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.

Prairies of the Willamette Valley: A Panel Discussion
Heath Keirstead | January 23, 2018

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Benton SWCD held our Annual Meeting for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. We have been focusing on (and will continue to focus on) prairie/meadowscaping outreach. We wanted people to leave the annual meeting with an understanding of why prairies are important habitats and why they are important to conserve/create. We wanted members of

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