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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.

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

Bob Morris is our new At-Large Director
Teresa Matteson | July 31, 2019

Bob Morris, previously an associate director, joined the Benton SWCD Board this summer as At-large Director. A retired veterinarian, educator extraordinaire, and passionate photographer, Bob can be easily spotted on BSWCD tours and during field days because he carries a camera with a gigantic telephoto lens. In his home garden, Bob captured this lovely shot

A Newbie’s View of the Native Plant Sale
Melissa Medina | March 30, 2017

Just why do we hold the Native Plant Sale, anyway? Find out why this newcomer to Benton County thinks we do it.

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

Volunteers paddling to pull Ludwigia.
Paddling with a Purpose: Pulling Ludwigia on the Willamette River
Jamie Powell | July 30, 2015

Volunteers paddled the Willamette River with one goal in mind: remove invasive water primrose!

Volunteers who planted 154 native trees and shrubs along the Mill Race in April of 2015.
The Mill Race: Community Interest on the Rise
Regina Southworth | May 6, 2015

Learn about the projects that are planned and underway to improve the Mill Race aesthetically, hydrologically, and ecologically.

Volunteers at the Native Plant Sale © H. Crosson
The Native Plant Sale: A Fun Place to Volunteer!
Dylan Nelson | January 23, 2015

Dylan Nelson describes his experience as a Native Plant Sale volunteer.

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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.

Annual Meeting 2014 soils and products
2013-2014 Annual Meeting
Teresa Matteson | September 22, 2014

At the 2013-2014 Annual Meeting, Benton SWCD celebrated Benton County Terroir with a farm to fork showcase of local food producers and their soils.

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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!

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