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State of the Willamette
Laura Brown | September 9, 2021

A compilation of presentations and resources from the 2020 State of the Willamette workshop for Willamette Basin restoration partners to share perspectives on the current state of river restoration practice, science, funding, and ways to improve restoration outcomes from local to regional scales.

Conservation Neighbors: The Mellenthins
Laura Brown | December 29, 2020

Matt and Serene Mellenthin know how lucky they are. Their spot on the Willamette River is their paradise.

Book Review: Idylls Along an Urban Stream
Rich Bergeman | July 24, 2020

Idylls Along an Urban Stream is a photography monograph of Dixon Creek Watershed from the spring of 2020.

front cover of the 2020 guide to aquatic plants
Water Weed Guide
Heath Keirstead | July 13, 2020

The 2020 edition of the water weed guide includes 18 aquatic weeds of concern for Benton County and their native and non-native look-alikes.

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Birds and Rivers: The Importance of a River Ecosystem
Lauren Pharr | July 1, 2020

This is the first in a series of posts by guest blogger Lauren Pharr, an ornithologist and science communicator, who will be sharing her knowledge, experience, and thoughts with us over the next year as we continue to “Garden for the Birds!”  As a fellow nature enthusiast and wildlife biologist, it is important for me

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.

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

Half Moon Bend Restoration Project Area © C. Durbecq
Half Moon Bend Restoration Project
Heath Keirstead | April 8, 2017

A 27 acre portion of a 115 acre parcel of the Willamette River Greenway, just north of Corvallis, is the site of a demonstration project for riparian forest restoration practices and future riparian forest ecology studies in a bottomland forest.

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