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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!

From the “Office” Window
Jenny Brausch | March 24, 2020

In this time of uncertainty, the term “workmates” takes on new meaning…

Invasives – The Parallel between the 45th Parallels
Laura Brown | March 13, 2020

I was hiking along a trail in the Patagonia region of Chile recently, enjoying the 30 mph wind in my face, when I first spotted it… scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius). What?! I was 7,312 miles from Oregon, and more importantly 8,455 miles from Scotland! What was it doing here?! There among the Andes Mountains, glaciers,

Why do birds matter to you?
Heath Keirstead | February 7, 2020

From 2019 to 2021, Benton SWCD is focusing our native plant outreach on birds and the actions we can take to support them. Some of the important services birds provide include: Birds control pests – birds eat millions of tons of insects every year including mosquitoes and agricultural pests. Birds pollinate plants – some of

Low Salmon Returns, The Blob, and Raising Awareness
Heath Keirstead | February 6, 2020

In the north Pacific, the Blob returned in 2019.

Conservation Neighbor Ron Leonard
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Kids in Linn and Benton Counties are fortunate to have lifelong educator Ron Leonard to guide their outdoor education.

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.

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.

Wanting to do some winter weeding? Try English ivy!
Laura Brown | December 11, 2019

What a beautiful show Fall gave us this year! I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off the brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges that decorated Benton County. Alas, as all the leaves fall and many native species go dormant for the winter, the plant that continues to catch my eye is…you

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

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

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