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Connecting During COVID: Year One
Heath Keirstead | March 19, 2021

Since the coronavirus pandemic curtailed our ability to offer most in-person volunteer events, tours, workshops, talks, and other educational programming, Benton SWCD began sending out a weekly e-news to help us stay in touch. Here is a table with links to each of the e-news we’ve sent during the first year of the pandemic, from

Lessons with George Ice
Teresa Matteson | February 19, 2021

Diverse natural landscapes managed by landowners who understand and appreciate the importance of ecosystem services are fundamental to what makes Benton County a mighty fine place to live and work. One such landowner is George Ice, past BSWCD Chair. For 35 years, George worked as a research forest hydrologist with the National Council for Air

Conservation Neighbor: RD Mosier
Teresa Matteson | January 14, 2021

RD compares his livestock operation to the pieces of a puzzle. Some pieces take a long time to fit in place, such as the six years that he has invested to develop relationships with neighbors.

Conservation Neighbor: Ed Easterling
Donna Schmitz | December 30, 2020

“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.

Getting to know our Thanksgiving Mascot: 10 Fun Facts about Turkeys
Lauren Pharr | November 2, 2020

It’s November at last, which most likely means that many people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities! Although Thanksgiving has evolved drastically over the years due to different traditions, there is one thing that probably comes to mind for the national holiday – Turkey! So how exactly did the turkey become the mascot for

Mud and Manure
Heath Keirstead | June 11, 2020

If you have livestock, you have to manage mud and manure. Click here to watch an excellent webinar titled Managing Mud and Manure on Your Small Farm, hosted by Melissa Fery of OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Sacrifice Areas A practice highlighted in the webinar is the construction of a sacrifice area, a reinforced

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!

2002 Cooperators of the Year: Cliff and Gay Hall
Donna Schmitz | August 1, 2019

In 1999, Cliff and Gay Hall bought a sheep farm in Kings Valley in northwestern Benton County with the hope of not only restoring the 1898 farm house, but also to manage the 80 acres with the goal of enhancing wildlife populations and diversity while preserving the pastoral beauty of the property.  With the help

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

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.

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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