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,

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.

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 optio...
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!

Fun with flowers at the arts center today until 4 pm!
05/11/2019

Fun with flowers at the arts center today until 4 pm!

Attention Benton SWCD volunteers!Italian thistle has been taking over downtown Corvallis and it’s getting ready to flo...
05/10/2019

Attention Benton SWCD volunteers!

Italian thistle has been taking over downtown Corvallis and it’s getting ready to flower and spread even more! We are seeking volunteer weed pullers to hand pull small populations of Italian thistle as they walk through downtown Corvallis.

Timing is of upmost importance as the species is on the verge of blooming, dispersing seeds even further. There are only five sites currently mapped downtown, and populations at these sites are relatively small. See a map of the five locations here (https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?mid=1mBrrnyd5pUWCXJodEJLauDWQc5trJbWR&ll=44.5631583043763%2C-123.26288481793279&z=18).

Italian thistle is a B-rated weed in the state of Oregon, meaning it is of economic importance but with limited distribution in some counties. Benton County currently has a limited population, but it is spreading rapidly.

Our Italian thistle scavenger hunt begins May 13 and goes through May 16, just in time to get us excited about Oregon’s Invasive Species Awareness Week!

Swing by Benton SWCD’s office (456 SW Monroe Ave. Suite 110) during office hours (8:30 – 5:00) and pick up a Noxious Weed bag and some gloves. Bag the weeds at your chosen site, then return to the office with bagged weeds and pick up your prize! Sign up for your site here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pzCZOUc4YW3J62K_Jd8hicsNnQq5bdK8zei68Iihna0/edit?ts=5cd5b0e3#gid=0)!

Together we can keep this noxious weed from spreading!

A Farewell to Lawns
05/09/2019
A Farewell to Lawns

A Farewell to Lawns

Native turf-grass alternatives can reduce your environmental footprint while supporting birds, butterflies and other living creatures.

https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/h-wildlife-stewards-summit-comes-to-kings-valley/article_6362861d-5c80-5cbb-9dd9...
05/07/2019
4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit comes to Kings Valley

https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/h-wildlife-stewards-summit-comes-to-kings-valley/article_6362861d-5c80-5cbb-9dd9-adbcd4482196.html
We had a great time at the Wildlife Stewards Summit last week! Kings Valley Charter School high school students were fantastic teen teachers!

Kings Valley Charter School student Noah King-Groh feels a special connection to wildlife and nature. So as one of the student presenters at last week's 4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit, the

04/10/2019
Through The Lens Media

The river is swollen today.

We got curious to see how much water there was around Corvallis. This is what we saw.

03/08/2019
The Mighty Mason Bee

Find out more about one amazing native pollinator - the mason bee! Watch this presentation by BSWCD Director Jerry Paul, given in Independence for Luckiamute Watershed Council.

This Sips 'n' Science presentation is with BSWCD Director Jerry Paul and features the mighty mason bee. Presented by the Benton Soil & Water Conservation Dis...

Join our friends with the City of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council planting native shrubs as part of a Western...
02/13/2019
Shrub planting at Talking Water Gardens

Join our friends with the City of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council planting native shrubs as part of a Western Pond Turtle habitat enhancement project at the Talking Water Gardens on February 24!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945aaa82ca4fa7-shrub

Join the City of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council at Talking Water Gardens! We will be planting native shrubs as part of a Western Pond Turtle habitat enhancement project at the Gardens. This event is rain or shine, please bring closed-toe shoes that may get wet and/or muddy and dress appr...

We’re looking for gardens that include native plants for a tour that will be held Tuesday, 5/7 from 5-8 pm. Are you in...
02/12/2019

We’re looking for gardens that include native plants for a tour that will be held Tuesday, 5/7 from 5-8 pm. Are you interested or know any gardens that meet the criteria? Please connect with Heath Keirstead, [email protected] or 541-753-7208 to find out more. Thank you!

Corvallis Parks and Recreation
02/06/2019

Corvallis Parks and Recreation

Willamette Park Community Garden Registration is open! Call us at (541) 766-6918 to reserve your garden plot today!

BSWCD will be at Finley on March 9 for Winter Wildlife Field Day! Come out and explore!
02/05/2019

BSWCD will be at Finley on March 9 for Winter Wildlife Field Day! Come out and explore!

The what, where and why of William L. Finley National Willdife Refuge boiled down into a one-pager.

Here is a fun read to inspire your interest in prairies, which you can follow up by attending our Annual Meeting tomorro...
01/22/2019
One Square Meter of Prairie

Here is a fun read to inspire your interest in prairies, which you can follow up by attending our Annual Meeting tomorrow night, 1/23, 6:30 pm at the Corvallis Library. Come learn what's been happening in Willamette Valley prairies! https://www.facebook.com/events/1300846983391915/

What can be found in a square meter of prairie? You’ll be surprised. (Photographs included!)

11/13/2018

Hope to see Salmon Watch friends at downtown Block 15 tonight for our last dine-out of the season!

Corvallis Environmental Center
10/29/2018
Corvallis Environmental Center

Corvallis Environmental Center

Have you heard the news?

Last Friday, we came together to celebrate the first groundbreaking of our soon to be SHARED SPACE BUILDING downtown, The Confluence!

Working in partnership with Greenbelt Land Trust, Institute for Applied Ecology, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, and Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development, we'll not only be sharing a roof, but will be collaborating to make our community healthier, stronger and more sustainable for the future to come.

Quotable Moment: College Hill came out for Salmon Watch yesterday. When learning that only about 5 salmon out of 5000 eg...
10/16/2018

Quotable Moment: College Hill came out for Salmon Watch yesterday. When learning that only about 5 salmon out of 5000 eggs laid make it back to spawn, one student remarked, "Wow, it's just like Hunger Games but nature."

We could use one or two more volunteers for our field trip tomorrow. Is anyone able to come? https://www.signupgenius.co...
10/16/2018
Salmon Watch 2018 Volunteers for Benton County Schools

We could use one or two more volunteers for our field trip tomorrow. Is anyone able to come? https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945aaa82ca4fa7-2018

Sign Up to Volunteer for Salmon Watch at Clemens Park Alsea, Oregon Weekdays October 9 thru November 8 Come Run with the Salmon! WE CARPOOL Map for Clemens Park Most volunteers teach one of four lessons on field trips. Chaperones help by escorting student groups through the 4 learning stations. Gre...

10/12/2018
Center for Biological Diversity

Happy "Bee-rito" Friday!

Leaf-cutter bees are solitary, gentle pollinators that opt to construct egg chambers out of leaves, which they provision with nectar and pollen. Once these are in place, the female leafcutter places a single egg atop the food she’s gathered and then caps the cell with circular pieces of leaves. She may construct as many as 20 of these pollen-filled bee-ritos before she’s done. This footage shows a young leaf-cutter emerging from it's cozy bee-rito in the UK. There are many species of leaf-cutter bees found around the world including many in North America. In Florida alone there are as many as 63 different species of leaf-cutter bees.

Footage by Emily Doorish
Find her on Twitter @EDoorish
Instagram @EmiliagoXD

Find out more about UK bees at www.solitarybeeweek.com

10/01/2018

We are sold out of discount native bulbs, everyone! Thanks for shopping!
We still have these varieties of native seeds: Showy milkweed, pollinator blend, prairie junegrass, great camas, large-flowered collomia, and celery-leaf lovage.

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

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(541) 753-7208

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