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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

Douglas squirrel
Living with Wildlife: A Surprising Squirrel Story
Donna Schmitz | January 16, 2015

Landscaping for wildlife is a rewarding adventure and a growing trend in Benton County.

weed spotters mug
Wear our logo on your sleeve…or your water bottle
Heath Keirstead | July 3, 2014

Benton SWCD has opened the doors of our new store! Come see what we have to offer!

Streaked Horned Lark head shot
What Farmers Need to Know About the Most Recently Listed Threatened Species
Cat Brown | May 12, 2014

Find out what’s different about the listing of Streaked Horned Lark and why farmers might really want to help boost this lark’s numbers.

SQN Map
Get on the Soil Quality Map!
Teresa Matteson | April 11, 2014

Now soil health enthusiasts can share their practices with a global audience!

irrigation photo from NRCS website
Are you using more water than you need to use?
Donna Schmitz | March 5, 2014

Learn how to water your crops efficiently at this timely and practical workshop.

Oak Creek Mill
Photo History of Benton County Agriculture
Heath Keirstead | March 3, 2014

You may be surprised by the agricultural transitions that have occurred in Benton County. Did you know we had hops yards, a flax growers cooperative, the largest electric hatchery on the west coast?

2013 Annual Meeting
BSWCD Annual Meeting Includes Thought-Provoking Talk about the History of Native People Here
Andrea Davis | January 14, 2014

At the BSWCD Annual Meeting, Dr. David Brauner, OSU professor of anthropology, shared a glimpse of the little-known history of native peoples in this area.

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