Benton Soil & Water Conservation District

Benton Soil & Water Conservation District Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are legally defined as subdivisions of state government, but they function as local units. In Oregon, there are 45 SWCDs working to put conservation efforts on the ground. The results include cleaner water,
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The Benton SWCD is here to serve YOU! We assist local landowners by offering technical and financial assistance for the restoration and enhancement of wetlands, riparian areas and wildlife habitat. We promote conservation practices that

Mission: The mission of Benton SWCD is to provide leadership to Benton County residents through education and technical assistance for conservation and responsible use and management of soil, water and related resources.

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
02/22/2020

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

It’s been about two and half years since the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge. Since then, there has been a lot of native plant regrowth and wildlife recovery in the burn zone! Many volunteers and several organizations have been working to repair trails, control invasive weeds and make roads and recreation areas safe.

EMSWCD has been working with State Parks and the US Forest Service to control priority invasive weeds and to prevent them from establishing in these sensitive areas. Here are some sketches from work in the field today. We even saw a pika!

Illustration by our Rural Conservation Specialist and in-house illustrator Jon Wagner!

02/05/2020
Heceta Bank - Oregon's Hidden Wonder

Fascinating video about an important resource off Oregon's coast.

Hidden below the surface, 35 miles offshore from Cape Perpetua, there is a submerged feature that has a huge impact on Oregon's coastal habitats. This is the...

Inspired by our wonderful annual meeting presenters, I found this exciting story map, which elaborates on the many benef...
01/14/2020
Benefits of Birds on the Farm

Inspired by our wonderful annual meeting presenters, I found this exciting story map, which elaborates on the many benefits of birds on the farm...
https://wildfarmalliance.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=48771766bcf94e34b5fb19ca9e925a27

Learn about specific birds that provide pest control for various types of crops, watch inspiring videos showcasing farmers and their strategies to attract the right kind of birds, and learn about various practices to use on the farm.

It's not too late to order some native wildflowers from BSWCD's native plant sale!
12/27/2019
How attractive are native wildflowers to gardeners? - Garden Ecology Lab

It's not too late to order some native wildflowers from BSWCD's native plant sale!

For my dissertation research, I am studying which native Willamette Valley wildflowers are most visited by pollinators and natural enemies for use in home gardens and urban landscaping. I’ve previously shared preliminary results from my field study on our blog, … Continue reading →

Celebrate World Soil Day! Stop soil erosion, save our future! Farmers are sequestering more carbon, increasing water fil...
12/05/2019
www.nrcs.usda.gov

Celebrate World Soil Day! Stop soil erosion, save our future! Farmers are sequestering more carbon, increasing water filtration, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat – all while harvesting better profits and often better yields.
If you farm or ranch, and you’re interested in improving soil health on your land, we encourage you to contact your local NRCS field office. Learn more by visiting farmers.gov/service-locator.
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/nrcseprd1515436.jpg

Nutrient Management for Diversified Vegetable GrowersPresented by Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District, OS...
11/26/2019
Nutrient Management for Diversified Vegetable Growers

Nutrient Management for Diversified Vegetable Growers
Presented by Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District, OSU Extension Services, and USDA NRCS.

An opportunity to learn all about nutrient management needs on your farm, how to develop and implement a nutrient management plan, and NRCS funding opportunities for high tunnels and transitioning to Organic production. Participants will leave with a resource packet.

When: Feb 8, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Benton County Extension 4077 SW Research Way Corvallis, OR 97333 Sunset Meeting Room

Cost: $5.00

For more details and to register: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/events/nutrient-management-diversified-vegetable-growers

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379663348879493/. If you manage a page, thank you for sharing that registration is now open, as well as helping to promote closer to the event (I will send friendly request emails closer to).

Share Print 4077 SW Research Way Corvallis, OR 97333 United States Sunset Meeting Room Feb 8, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Cost $5.00 Register Contact name Teagan Moran Contact email [email protected] Contact phone 541-713-5011 Presented by Benton County Soil and Water, OSU Extension Ser...

Read this informative article from the Moose Lake Star Gazette https://www.mlstargazette.com/story/2019/10/31/news/worki...
11/08/2019
Working with farmers to improve water quality

Read this informative article from the Moose Lake Star Gazette https://www.mlstargazette.com/story/2019/10/31/news/working-with-farmers-to-improve-water-quality/3653.html

about SWCDs, why they started, and how they work with landowners to improve soil and protect water. Features the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.

When it comes to soil health and water quality, farmers have always been some of the most conscientious and concerned people. This is due to their deep, hands-on connections with soil, water, and nature. Farmers physically feel their soil and can tell if it is too wet or too dry for tilling, plantin...

Looks like the weather will be great for Saturday's Great Willamette Clean Up! Don't forget to sign up here (https://www...
10/03/2019
Corvallis: Crystal Lake Boat Ramp to Michael's Landing (On Water, BYOB)

Looks like the weather will be great for Saturday's Great Willamette Clean Up! Don't forget to sign up here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/corvallis-crystal-lake-boat-ramp-to-michaels-landing-on-water-byob-tickets-72757629027?fbclid=IwAR2E1m4gT0I2T1-hz0Je3i0McpvjK34AFvpJxuVzBRKjCMlWS7nuErUmuSo) and get your $5 rental boat from Peak Sports!

Bring your own boat and join Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon State Parks, and OSU Adventure Leadership Institute, to help clean the riverbanks from the water. We will be meeting at Crystal Lake Boat Ramp at 8AM. Please be on time for check-in, self-organized shuttle, safety talk....

Hi Benton SWCD Volunteers!Are you looking for a great opportunity to get back on the river before the rain sets in for g...
09/18/2019
Corvallis: Crystal Lake Boat Ramp to Michael's Landing (On Water, BYOB)

Hi Benton SWCD Volunteers!

Are you looking for a great opportunity to get back on the river before the rain sets in for good? Join Benton SWCD, Oregon State Parks, and the Willamette River Guardians for the Great Willamette Clean Up October 5, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Benton SWCD volunteers can either bring your own boat, or if you don’t have a boat, we’ve teamed up with Peak Sports and they’re offering a $5 boat rental if you’re participating in the clean up and reserve your boat before October 3!

The clean up is followed by an after party hosted by Mazama Brewing at the Big River Restaurant & Bar starting at 1 PM!

Register for the event here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/corvallis-crystal-lake-boat-ramp-to-michaels-landing-on-water-byob-tickets-72757629027)!

Bring your own boat and join Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon State Parks, and OSU Adventure Leadership Institute, to help clean the riverbanks from the water. We will be meeting at Crystal Lake Boat Ramp at 8AM. Please be on time for check-in, self-organized shuttle, safety talk....

If you are looking for a heartwarming story Thursday night, attend Audubon's meeting and find out about the project that...
09/18/2019
Monthly Speakers – Audubon Society of Corvallis

If you are looking for a heartwarming story Thursday night, attend Audubon's meeting and find out about the project that's uniting elementary students in the Willamette Valley with their counterparts in the Rio Laja basin in Mexico, and using migratory birds to connect them! https://auduboncorvallis.org/monthly-speakers/

Tara Davis, Twinning Partnership Coordinator, will tell us about an exciting international, bilingual environmental program. The partners are here in the Willamette Valley and in the Rio Laja Basin, located in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico. Tara has worked in conservation for sixteen yea...

We hope you stop by both of the BSWCD locations- 2nd St near Robinet's along with our Confluence Partners for a Nature P...
09/16/2019

We hope you stop by both of the BSWCD locations- 2nd St near Robinet's along with our Confluence Partners for a Nature Prescription and 5th St outside our office to help us paint a beautiful banner designed by local artist Caroline Moses!

Whatcha doing this Friday? If you're downtown between 10 and 3, stop by our pop-up PARK on SW 2nd near Adams for a nature prescription.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is hosting PARK(ing) Day with 6 sites around town. Ours will be celebrating Outdoor Rx and The Confluence—a conservation collaborative coming soon to the 400 block of SW 2nd.

Institute for Applied Ecology Corvallis Environmental Center Benton Soil & Water Conservation District #PARKingDAY

Here is an opportunity to apply for up to $5000 in grant funds for non-lethal wildlife deterrents, sponsored by Benton C...
07/29/2019

Here is an opportunity to apply for up to $5000 in grant funds for non-lethal wildlife deterrents, sponsored by Benton County. For more information visit: http://www.co.benton.or.us/awpp

Hey Folks!Don't forget to sign up and reserve your space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe for our Paddle and Pull event...
07/11/2019
Love your Willamette: Paddle & Pull, 7/18/19

Hey Folks!

Don't forget to sign up and reserve your space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe for our Paddle and Pull events!

Both Paddle and Weed Pull events will be held in July. The dates and registration are below.

July 18 – Paddle and Pull Corvallis to Albany - Sign up here (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egcrf2z013d440d9&llr=ncqzyycab)!

July 30 – Paddle and Pull Corvallis Area – Sign up here (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egcrm1z9eb2856ff&llr=ncqzyycab)!

Discover your Willamette River and learn more how invasive plants are impacting off channel habitats. Join Willamette Riverkeeper and Benton SWCD for a Paddle & Pull canoe trip on the Willamette from Corvallis to Albany. We'll put in at Michael's Landing and paddle to Hyak park stopping at a few sit...

Hope you all are enjoying summer so far. If you haven’t gotten a chance to get out on the river yet, we’ve got options f...
07/01/2019
Love your Willamette: Paddle & Pull, 7/18/19

Hope you all are enjoying summer so far. If you haven’t gotten a chance to get out on the river yet, we’ve got options for you!

The Willamette Mainstem Cooperative in partnership with the Benton County CWMA has two remaining Love Your River events. Join us in protecting fish and wildlife habitat as we paddle along and pull invasive weed species on the Willamette. Bring your own boat, or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe.

Both Paddle and Weed Pull events will be held in July. The dates and registration are below.

July 18 – Paddle and Pull Corvallis to Albany - Sign up here (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egcrf2z013d440d9&llr=ncqzyycab)!

July 30 – Paddle and Pull Corvallis Area – Sign up here (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egcrm1z9eb2856ff&llr=ncqzyycab)!

Discover your Willamette River and learn more how invasive plants are impacting off channel habitats. Join Willamette Riverkeeper and Benton SWCD for a Paddle & Pull canoe trip on the Willamette from Corvallis to Albany. We'll put in at Michael's Landing and paddle to Hyak park stopping at a few sit...

Nice work Team Willamette for winning the 2019 Headwaters Award! How awesome to work with such great partners for a heal...
05/31/2019

Nice work Team Willamette for winning the 2019 Headwaters Award! How awesome to work with such great partners for a healthier river.

Just a few of the faces of Team Willamette--congratulations on winning the 2019 Headwaters Award!

Hope everyone's been out enjoying Invasive Species Awareness Week! Benton SWCD went out with ODA's Noxious Weed Program ...
05/24/2019

Hope everyone's been out enjoying Invasive Species Awareness Week! Benton SWCD went out with ODA's Noxious Weed Program to treat the first occurrence of Oblong Spurge found in Benton County! Keep your eyes out for this A-listed Noxious Weed!

Happy Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week! Take time this week to go and pull an invasive weed! If you need a recommenda...
05/20/2019

Happy Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week! Take time this week to go and pull an invasive weed! If you need a recommendation for a location, don't hesitate to ask 😉 Thanks to everyone who helped us kick off this week by volunteering at our Let's Pull Together event this past weekend!

Address

456 SW Monroe Ave, Ste 110
Corvallis, OR
97333

We are located right across from the bus station.

General information

The Benton SWCD provides leadership at the local level. We help landowners and cooperators design and implement management plans to protect natural resources. The Benton SWCD is led by seven elected volunteer Directors: five represent geographic zones in the county, and two fill at-large positions. Other volunteers are appointed to serve as Associate Directors, contributing additional insight, expertise and energy to the board.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(541) 753-7208

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