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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Check out our new blog post by guest blogger Lauren Pharr! This month, we get to learn more about Lauren and what sparke...
09/01/2020
Getting to Know the Writer: All about Lauren Pharr - Benton Soil & Water Conservation District

Check out our new blog post by guest blogger Lauren Pharr! This month, we get to learn more about Lauren and what sparked her interest in birds and science communication. Look for more blogs each month from Lauren about birds!

https://bentonswcd.org/getting-to-know-the-writer-all-about-lauren-pharr/

My name is Lauren Pharr, and if you haven’t picked up already, I absolutely love … Read more »

Learn about bull frogs and why they are a problem in Oregon with Institute for Applied Ecology's E.D., Tom Kaye!
08/17/2020

Learn about bull frogs and why they are a problem in Oregon with Institute for Applied Ecology's E.D., Tom Kaye!

You’ve seen – or heard - invasive American bullfrogs. They take over precious ponds and eat everything they can fit in their big mouths, including birds, rodents, and small fish. No, IAE does not control invasive animals in our work, but we do raise awareness of invasive species and the resources they usurp from our native wildlife at our Invasive Species Cook-off Fundraiser. Instead of our in-person dinner, join us this coming Wednesday, August 19 at 4 pm PDT for a Facebook Live event in which IAE Executive Director Tom Kaye will be talking about bullfrog impacts, how to catch these critters, and demonstrating how to cook-up some tasty frog legs in the IAE kitchen to raise awareness about this and other non-native invasive species. Please share with your networks! This is a public event so nonusers can still visit our page and see the live and saved video. Greenbelt Land Trust Marys River Watershed Council Benton Soil & Water Conservation District Oregon Invasive Species Council EarthShare Oregon

08/16/2020

The shopping cart is officially enabled for Benton SWCD's online native plant sale! Visit bentonplants.org to make purchases!

It’s a hot one out there this weekend! Don’t forget to #loveyourriver and take a photo of your feet by a river! Tag @ben...
08/16/2020

It’s a hot one out there this weekend! Don’t forget to #loveyourriver and take a photo of your feet by a river! Tag @bentonswcd and get entered to win a prize! Show us how you’re loving your river!

08/12/2020
Aquatic Plant ID Virtual Training

Hi Everyone! Join us at 4:30 today (August 12) to watch the Aquatic Plant ID Virtual Training, and ask PSU's Rich Miller questions on plant ID!

Here's the link for our Aquatic Plant ID Virtual Training (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1PQsF1E3Dk)H

Join Rich Miller from Portland State University's Center for Lakes and Reservoirs to learn how to identify native and invasive freshwater plants found in the...

here is a fun activity booklet for kids about the Columbia Gorge! Thanks for creating this, East Multnomah SWCD! https:/...
08/06/2020
The Great Gorge Adventure | EMSWCD

here is a fun activity booklet for kids about the Columbia Gorge! Thanks for creating this, East Multnomah SWCD! https://emswcd.org/the-great-gorge-adventure/ https://www.facebook.com/EMSWCD/

EMSWCD » The Great Gorge AdventureThe Great Gorge AdventureRead and download our brand new activity book The Great Gorge Adventure here! Scroll down for versions in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.You can read the Great Gorge Adventure here! Please note this takes a few minutes to load. Click here ...

This is an important plant to know and report if you see ever see it in Benton County.
08/06/2020

This is an important plant to know and report if you see ever see it in Benton County.

We're highlighting #invasivespecies this August in honor of our canceled fundraiser dinner, the #InvasiveSpeciesCookoff. If you would have enjoyed attending, please spend the $35 ticket price and join IAE as a member. Please visit appliedeco.org/donate today, and we'll send you a free Willamette Valley Weed Guide just for joining us this month.

Garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata) is a biennial invasive plant from Europe that is known to quickly dominate habitats and change soil chemistry for its own benefit. Flowers, roots, leaves and seeds are edible. Leaves are horseradish-spicy with a garlicky scent, and this plant may have health benefits. EarthShare Oregon Oregon Invasive Species Council Native Plant Society of Oregon-Portland Chapter Corvallis Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon

08/04/2020
Fondo de Cuarentena Oregon_Video

¿Es usted un trabajador agrícola interesado en solicitar asistencia financiera para la cuarentena? Llame al 1-888-274-7292 de la línea directa para solicitar. https://vimeo.com/443478659

Are you an agricultural worker interested in requesting financial assistance for quarantine? Call 1-888-274-7292 hotline to request.

Fondo de Cuarentena para Trabajadores Agrícolas de Oregon.

Check out our latest post by guest blogger Lauren Pharr on "The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds". ...
08/03/2020
The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds - Benton Soil & Water Conservation District

Check out our latest post by guest blogger Lauren Pharr on "The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds". Lauren will continue to share her knowledge and expertise with us each month through her blog posts about birds.

https://bentonswcd.org/the-native-link-the-importance-of-native-plants-to-birds/

Native plants play a vital role in the ecosystem when it comes to wildlife species. … Read more »

07/31/2020

People in the US have been getting seeds in the mail from China, often labeled as jewelry, that they did not order. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock. Seeds received from China should be sent to USDA, if you have received a shipment that meets this description, please:
to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions.
• Do not open the package.

Our new home with The Confluence Collaborative is looking good!
07/28/2020

Our new home with The Confluence Collaborative is looking good!

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#thankfulthursday We are thankful for our builder, and our partners and soon-to-be building mates in The Confluence, our future home now under construction in downtown Corvallis!
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✔️75% of building materials sourced, grown and processed within 30 miles
✔️98% of construction waste and packaging reused or recycled
✔️80% of construction labor provided by workers living within 2 miles and commuting by bicycle
✔️Solar panels and a reclaimed water system
✔️Screw and bolt construction that enables deconstruction and remodeling instead of demolition waste

We are committed to an environmentally conscious building and a healthy, vibrant downtown Corvallis.
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Joining together with
Institute for Applied Ecology,
Corvallis Environmental Center,
Benton Soil & Water Conservation District
to collaborate, cohabitate and coalesce for conservation in Corvallis, the mid-Willamette valley, and beyond!
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#downtowncorvallis
#confluencecorvallis
#greenbeltlandtrust
@ Downtown Corvallis, Oregon

07/28/2020
Willamette River Tour 12pm Premiere

Looking forward to visiting the river with you at noon today! This virtual visit is the fastest way to take a river trip - only 20 minutes! A perfect lunch break!

Visit coves along the Willamette between Corvallis and Albany where Benton SWCD and the Willamette Mainstem Cooperative have accomplished work to restore the...

Benton SWCD needs your help! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have been unable to host our usual Paddle and Weed Pull ev...
07/22/2020

Benton SWCD needs your help! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have been unable to host our usual Paddle and Weed Pull events this year, but that doesn't mean that invasive weeds aren't still growing! We have a couple of sites that could desperately use your time and volunteer effort for hand pulling! Contact [email protected] for locations, weed disposal bags, weed identification and hand pulling techniques! The most bags of aquatic weeds collected by August 15 wins a prize! Let's not let all our volunteer's hard work on the river over the past few years be in vain due to COVID! #LoveYourRiver

Luckiamute Watershed Council
07/08/2020

Luckiamute Watershed Council

Join us for our monthly LWC Board Meeting via Zoom this Thursday, July 9, from 6 to 8pm! This month, in addition to our regular business, the Board will be continuing its review of the LWC's strategic plan and will discuss the results of our recent survey about Education and Outreach programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to be part of the conversation? Get the details at https://www.luckiamutelwc.org/monthly-meeting-details.html!

Join us in celebrating #BlackBotanistsWeek! Follow the hashtag #blackbotanistsweek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
07/08/2020

Join us in celebrating #BlackBotanistsWeek! Follow the hashtag #blackbotanistsweek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Check out our first blog post from our guest blogger, Lauren Pharr! We are so happy to have Lauren, an ornithologist and...
07/01/2020
Birds and Rivers: The Importance of a River Ecosystem - Benton Soil & Water Conservation District

Check out our first blog post from our guest blogger, Lauren Pharr! We are so happy to have Lauren, an ornithologist and science communicator, to help us take flight as we learn from her about birds and their needs! Stay tuned throughout the year to hear her perspective on birds!

https://bentonswcd.org/birds-and-rivers-the-importance-of-a-river-ecosystem/

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06/18/2020

We just added MORE plants to the online catalog at BentonPlants.org!
More...Columbian Larkspur! Rattan's Penstemon! Goldenrod! Douglas Aster! Kinnikinnik! Sword Fern! BentonPlants.org

06/13/2020
Gardening for Birds with Bill Proebsting

Getting ready for the big premiere at 2:30!

Naturalists Bill Proebsting takes you on a virtual tour of his rural bird-friendly garden. Bill has been landscaping and gardening for the benefit of native ...

06/12/2020
Gardening for Birds with Bill Proebsting

Excited for the world premiere of Gardening for Birds, two back-to-back video tours that viewers can watch while chatting live with the tour hosts when you tune in on Saturday, June 13, at 2:30 pm! Special thanks to Neighborhood Naturalist's Don Boucher and Lisa Millbanks, whose video will premiere after Bill Proebsting's, and who are hosting this premiere on their YouTube Channel!

Naturalists Bill Proebsting takes you on a virtual tour of his rural bird-friendly garden. Bill has been landscaping and gardening for the benefit of native ...

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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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Comments

Do you have some planting suggestions after removal of blackberry from a riparian area. So the ground is wet at this time of year but probably will dry out. What plants from the Native plant sale do you suggest and thank you.
Will the event today about Gardening with Birds be recorded so we can view it another time? I am not able to make it at the time scheduled and would love to see it.
Birdwatching from my "office" window. Those are sure big sparrows!