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The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds
Lauren Pharr | August 3, 2020

Native plants play a vital role in the ecosystem when it comes to wildlife species. In fact, the best habitat you can provide is one that is overly abundant in native vegetation.

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.

Working to engage ALL Benton County residents
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

We at Benton SWCD believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and supported in their exploration and enjoyment of the natural world.

Book Review: Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth has an optimistic message of standing up for your beliefs and it’s a great adventure story written for 9-13 year olds.

Book Review: Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach
Holly Crosson | July 2, 2020

Teaching with Fire is a beautiful and passionate book about how teachers use their favorite poems to keep their hearts alive as they rise to the joys and challenges of teaching

river view
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

Invasive Species Control Grant Awards
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the invasive species control grants we have funded. Find out more here. Fiscal Year Recipient Invasive Species Amount Funded 19-20 Julia Bradshaw Invasive Blackberries $115.00 19-20 Jenny Brausch Japanese Knotweed $115.00 19-20 Jeremy Conyac Japanese Knotweed $115.00

Summer Ag Institute Scholarships
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the Summer Ag Institute Scholarships we have awarded since 2011. We only fund educators who work in Benton County for Session 1 of Oregon Agriculture In the Classroom’s Summer Ag Institute, which takes place in the summer. Year School/Organization Teacher 2019 Summer Ag Institute General Program Sponsorship 2018 Crescent Valley

Conservation Education Grant Awards
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the conservation education grants we have funded since 2007.   School Year School/Organization Project Amount Funded 19-20 Cascade Pacific RC&D/ Garfield/Lincoln Willamette Laja Twinning Youth Education Aves Compartidas $1,000.00 19-20 Inst. for Applied Ecology/ Garfield/Lincoln Willamette Laja Twinning Youth Education Aves Compartidas $996.50 19-20 Adams Elementary School Garden $342.99 19-20

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

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

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