Benton County Natural Areas & Parks

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Learn what's happening in the nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairies, and wetlands managed by the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department!

Operating as usual

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! We would love to see your favorite nature photos from Benton County for May!
05/22/2021

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! We would love to see your favorite nature photos from Benton County for May!

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! We would love to see your favorite nature photos from Benton County for May!

The team has been hard at work on habitat restoration this spring! Make sure to stop by our many parks and natural areas...
05/21/2021

The team has been hard at work on habitat restoration this spring! Make sure to stop by our many parks and natural areas to see the beautiful sights of Benton County this summer!

Want to win an overnight stay in the Alsea Guard Station Cabin on the Alsea River? All you have to do is fill out this s...
05/21/2021
Benton County 2021 Natural Area & Park Survey

Want to win an overnight stay in the Alsea Guard Station Cabin on the Alsea River?

All you have to do is fill out this survey to provide support to the Benton County Natural Areas & Park to help make improvement for our natural areas and parks' features for future enjoyment!

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05/21/2021
Bald Hill Farm trails will be CLOSED Tuesday, April 27th at 4 pm, and will re-open on Friday, April 30th.  The closure i...
04/27/2021
Current Trail Closure Information - Greenbelt Land Trust

Bald Hill Farm trails will be CLOSED Tuesday, April 27th at 4 pm, and will re-open on Friday, April 30th. The closure includes trails from the Oak Creek Trailhead and Mulkey Ridge Trail, see map below.

Access from the Oak Creek Trailhead to City of Corvallis Bald Hill Multi-Modal Path, Bald Hill Natural Area, and the Midge Cramer Multiuse Path will be open.

Trails are closed for habitat restoration. Heavy equipment is in use and the area is not safe for public access.

https://greenbeltlandtrust.org/bald-hill-farm-restoration-2021/current-trail-closure-information/

Bald Hill Farm trails will be CLOSED Tuesday, April 27th at 4 pm, and will re-open on Friday, April 30th. The closure includes trails from the Oak Creek Trailhead and Mulkey Ridge Trail, see map below. Access from the Oak Creek Trailhead to City of Corvallis Bald Hill Multi-Modal Path, Bald Hill Nat...

04/15/2021

HIGH FIRE DANGER! April 13, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for unseasonably high fire danger through the remainder of the week. There is currently an extended stretch of dry weather leaving vegetation much drier than usual this time of year.

Dry winds have been blowing in from the coast and low humidity has increased the risk of fire spread. Another round of offshore winds are expected toward the end of the week, keeping fire danger elevated through the upcoming weekend. Humidity is expected to remain low and afternoon temperatures will also be above normal ranges.

Please use extra caution through the upcoming weekend.

We have a fun FREE event in support of Earth Day at Jackson-Frazier Wetland!  Come learn about the rare jewel wetland ri...
04/08/2021
Wetlands and Birds (12-12:45pm)

We have a fun FREE event in support of Earth Day at Jackson-Frazier Wetland! Come learn about the rare jewel wetland right in our backyard! Learn about the exciting ongoing restoration projects. Following that, there will be a guided bird watching walk, where participants can look for and identify wetland bird species with a local expert to discuss all the bird and wetland wonders! Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras because the bird activity has been incredible after recent work!

Please sign up for time slots on our Corvallis Parks & Rec partner page:


https://apm.activecommunities.com/corvparksandrecreation/Activity_Search/wetlands-and-birds-10-10-45am/39320
https://apm.activecommunities.com/corvparksandrecreation/Activity_Search/wetlands-and-birds-11-11-45am/39321
https://apm.activecommunities.com/corvparksandrecreation/Activity_Search/wetlands-and-birds-12-12-45pm/39322

Please wear a mask and plan to stay physically-distanced from other households. All OHA guidance for COVID will be followed.

04/02/2021

Willamette Partnership is excited to announce a Fellowship position to help the Owens Farm Health & Outdoor Partnership coordinate its Community Engagement Plan. The position is temporary, part-time 10-15 hours per week for 12 weeks, from approximately April - July 2021. The stipend is $3,600. Visit the Willamette Partnership website under Join Us for more details.

03/30/2021

Bellfountain Park is now open! As of March 30th the hazardous tree removal project is complete and the park is open to the public. We hope you get to visit Bellfountain and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Firewood cutting of remaining logs needs to be permitted, so please contact the Natural Areas, Parks and Events office at (541) 766-6521.

03/26/2021

Bellfountain Park is open the weekend of March 27 & 28! The park has been reopened for the weekend but will close again on Monday, March 29, when hazardous tree removal work is resumed.

03/23/2021

NOTICE: Bellfountain Park

Bellfountain Park is currently closed!

The Bellfountain Tree Removal Project was put on hold while contractors were diverted to do storm clean up, but they are back on the job now.

The park will be closed for the week of March 22nd for tree removal. We'll post when the park has been reopened.

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks is asking for community input on four priority parks: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r...
03/23/2021
Benton County 2021 Natural Area & Park Survey

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks is asking for community input on four priority parks: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NK86J53

The information you provide will help support improving these parks’ features for future enjoyment.

When you complete this survey, you may choose to enter into a drawing for a pair of tickets to stay at the Alsea Guard Station on the Alsea River.

If you completed this survey in prior years, please participate again, it helps your county address community concerns!

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The Bellfountain County Park Hazard Tree Removal Project is starting Monday February 22nd.  The park will be closed for ...
02/09/2021
Bellfountain County Park Playground & Tree Hazards Project

The Bellfountain County Park Hazard Tree Removal Project is starting Monday February 22nd. The park will be closed for public safety until at least Friday February 26th, with closures possibly lasting longer depending on conditions. This work is guided by community input, and will reduce numerous tree health and safety issues and support the new playground construction.

Playground Updates & Tree Hazards Background

There are 12 days for the current public comment period.  Here is the direct link to download the draft plan:  https://s...
02/05/2021
Forest Resource Stewardship Plan Update- Public Outreach

There are 12 days for the current public comment period. Here is the direct link to download the draft plan: https://sftp.co.benton.or.us/public/file/0Csp0BOEzEGtEFqCC_t-QQ/Benton%20County%20Forest%20Resource%20Stewardship%20Plan%20Update%20Phase%203%20Draft%201.19.21.pdf

As shown on the public outreach page, the plan is large (25 MB+) so it requires a secure FTP password to download and avoid any possible hacking issues.

Password: stewardship#1

Background

The Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Forest Resource Stewardship Plan Update- Public Review Draft is available for pu...
01/20/2021
Forest Resource Stewardship Plan Update- Public Outreach

The Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Forest Resource Stewardship Plan Update- Public Review Draft is available for public comment thru 2/16/21. The public review draft was recently completed after consultant, staff, and the volunteer advisory board work and review over the last year.

To review the plan please visit the public outreach page here: https://www.co.benton.or.us/parks/page/forest-resource-stewardship-plan-update-public-outreach and follow the link to download the PDF.

Also there will be a web conference- public meeting on January 26th from 5:30-6:30 PM with details on the public outreach webpage on how to join.

Background

01/07/2021

We have heard that the sediment at the boat launch is building up and making launching difficult! The boat ramp can only be cleaned during low water periods due to access and safety- Benton County Natural Areas & Parks has scheduled maintenance during the summer water work period.

With the winter high waters, the ramp cannot be cleaned at this point and typically once the water reaches a certain point, the ramp gets flushed out. Long-term, we will research seeking an Oregon State Marine Board grant to replace the boat ramp with an improved design!

Stay safe out there on the river!

(Mid Valley SteelHeaders please help us spread the word!)

With the recent rare downpour this past week, Jackson Frazier Wetland filled to capacity!  Holding back these high flows...
12/23/2020

With the recent rare downpour this past week, Jackson Frazier Wetland filled to capacity! Holding back these high flows and enhancing high water activity within our recent restoration work areas! Thanks to a local park goer for sharing these photos!

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks is moving forward with the Bellfountain County Park Playground & Tree Hazards Projec...
12/01/2020
Bellfountain County Park Playground & Tree Hazards Project

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks is moving forward with the Bellfountain County Park Playground & Tree Hazards Project. During Winter 2021- Spring 2021, removal of tree hazards and the current playground updates will occur.

For all the details on these projects- please TAKE PART in the virtual presentation and provide public input via online survey at:
https://arcg.is/10HjWe0

For background on the projects visit the projects website:
https://www.co.benton.or.us/parks/page/bellfountain-county-park-playground-tree-hazards-project

NOTE: Spanish version of materials available upon request and to be provided on the project website.

Playground Updates & Tree Hazards Background

We had an excellent, COVID safe, 2nd Annual Family Mushroom Hunt at Beazell Memorial Forest this past Saturday/Sunday!  ...
11/10/2020

We had an excellent, COVID safe, 2nd Annual Family Mushroom Hunt at Beazell Memorial Forest this past Saturday/Sunday! Thanks to our partners at the Corvallis Parks and Recreation and our volunteers! We identified over 50 species and shared knowledge on how to identify and collect choice edibles and non-edibles!

Thanks to Corvallis Gazette-Times and to all our partners at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildl...
08/26/2020
Long-term restoration work continues at Jackson-Frazier Wetland

Thanks to Corvallis Gazette-Times and to all our partners at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corvallis Parks & Recreation and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Since the start of August, Benton County has been progressing on a continued restoration effort of the Jackson-Frazier Wetland in Corvallis.

There is a couple weeks left to complete our Annual Park Survey and be entered to win a chance for a free night at our A...
08/19/2020
Benton County 2020 Natural Area & Park Survey

There is a couple weeks left to complete our Annual Park Survey and be entered to win a chance for a free night at our Alsea Guard Station Cabin nestled along the Alsea River! Please share your experiences and ideas!

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Starting Monday August 3rd, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will provide scrapers, or large soil moving dump trucks, to...
07/31/2020

Starting Monday August 3rd, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will provide scrapers, or large soil moving dump trucks, to re-contour the 50 acres where restoration work has been occurring. A portion of the boardwalk will be closed for safety during this work period. The scrapers will be taking out the prior property owner constructed berm, smoothing over the ruts and removing the excess soil to City of Corvallis property nearby where it can be reused.

These changes will be noticeable from the boardwalk and intermittent shutdowns for public safety will occur. The natural wetland pools created this summer will be planted with native plant seed, bulbs, and plugs to restore and increase native wetland diversity.

Final Phase of Major Restoration Work at Jackson-Frazier Wetland Starting SoonEfforts to restore the rare wetland prairi...
07/24/2020

Final Phase of Major Restoration Work at Jackson-Frazier Wetland Starting Soon

Efforts to restore the rare wetland prairie habitat in Benton County are back underway at Jackson-Frazier Wetland. Since 2018, Benton County Natural Areas & Parks staff have led “Phase 2” restoration work. Starting this August, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will provide scrapers, or large soil moving dump trucks, to re-contour the 50 acres where restoration work has been occurring. The scrapers will be taking out the prior property owner constructed berm, smoothing over the ruts and removing the excess soil to City of Corvallis property nearby where it can be reused.
These changes will be noticeable from the boardwalk and intermittent shutdowns for public safety will occur. The natural wetland pools created this summer will be planted with native plant seed, bulbs, and plugs to restore and increase native wetland diversity.

For more information and updates visit: https://www.co.benton.or.us/parks/page/jackson-frazier-wetland-long-term-restoration-project

During times of early settlement, a road was constructed from  Luckiamute River to the nearby town of Corvallis. While o...
05/29/2020

During times of early settlement, a road was constructed from Luckiamute River to the nearby town of Corvallis. While only used by wagons and the early automobile, the road became an important transportation route for staff of the Fort Hoskins outpost. Today, this road is know as Cardwell Hill Trail and is a popular hiking and running spot for many visitors.

Have you been to Hyak County Park? Whether you are headed towards Corvallis or Albany, this simple park has amazing view...
05/27/2020

Have you been to Hyak County Park? Whether you are headed towards Corvallis or Albany, this simple park has amazing views of the Willamette River. It is an easy spot to put your boat in or go for a float with an accessible boat ramp.

The Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia, is a commonly found bird in the Willamette Valley. The species are known ground for...
05/22/2020

The Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia, is a commonly found bird in the Willamette Valley. The species are known ground foragers, preferring shrubby, or wet areas. Jackson Frazier Wetland is the perfect place to see Song Sparrows along with many other bird species!

While it's flowers may be pretty, Scotch Broom, Cytisus scoparius, is an invasive species in the Pacific Northwest. Help...
05/20/2020

While it's flowers may be pretty, Scotch Broom, Cytisus scoparius, is an invasive species in the Pacific Northwest. Help us combat the spread of this weedy plant by learning to identify it and avoid spreading seeds on your boots or clothing.

A staff member spotted this Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus in North Albany County Park while maintaining the groun...
05/15/2020

A staff member spotted this Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus in North Albany County Park while maintaining the grounds! Did you know that Bald eagles get their name from the old English word "balde" which translates to "white"?

The endangered Fenders Blue Butterfly, Icaricia icarioides fenderi, is native to the northwestern side of Oregon, which ...
05/08/2020

The endangered Fenders Blue Butterfly, Icaricia icarioides fenderi, is native to the northwestern side of Oregon, which is why when we see them flying around places like Beazell Memorial Forest, we get excited! Please be mindful of these species while recreating, so we can continue helping them recover.

Oregon iris, Iris tenax, can be found in many of our natural areas and parks, just as this one was found at Fort Hoskins...
05/06/2020

Oregon iris, Iris tenax, can be found in many of our natural areas and parks, just as this one was found at Fort Hoskins Historic Park. The flowers' showy color can typically be seen mid to late spring. Have you seen one this season?

Did you know that the wooden boardwalk at Jackson-Frazier Wetland is 3400 feet long? The wooden planks allow our visitor...
05/01/2020

Did you know that the wooden boardwalk at Jackson-Frazier Wetland is 3400 feet long? The wooden planks allow our visitors to cross the wet and fragile landscape without doing harm. Plus, the accessibility of the boardwalk gives visitors the chance to see a natural space that would otherwise be difficult to access throughout most of the year.

The Hoskins school was constructed in 1915. Aside from a space for teaching children, the building also served as a comm...
04/29/2020

The Hoskins school was constructed in 1915. Aside from a space for teaching children, the building also served as a community meeting hall until 1950 when it was transformed into a repair shop used for farm storage and rental housing. The building remained standing until the 1980's when it was destroyed in a fire.

Fawn Lilies, Erythronium spp. are growing in the under-story of Bellfountain County Park. While fairly common in the Wes...
04/24/2020

Fawn Lilies, Erythronium spp. are growing in the under-story of Bellfountain County Park. While fairly common in the Western U.S, these spring flowers are a favorite of many and often grow in groups.

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Corvallis, OR
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Hello!!!! You're not answering your phone!!!!!!!!!! Calling about Benton County Park in Adair Village.... It's a mess and dangerous..... And I don't hear any chainsaws....
I visited Bellfountain Park and Natural Area last week ( 28 March 2018). What a botanical treasure!! The Fawn lily and Shooting stars were in bloom. Thank goodness it hasn't been mowed.
I visited Bellfountain Park and Natural Area last week ( 28 March 2018). What a botanical treasure!! The Fawn lily and Shooting stars were in bloom. Thank goodness it hasn't been mowed.
I visited Bellfountain Park and Natural Area last week ( 28 March 2018). What a botanical treasure!! The Fawn lily and Shooting stars were in bloom. Thank goodness it hasn't been mowed.
Local Disc Golfer, Nate Sexton, who honed his skills at Adair Park Disc Golf, wins Worlds most prestigious Disc Golf Tournament https://www.discgolfworldtour.com/nate-sexton-2017-us-disc-golf-champion-wysocki-wins-tour-championship/ Reflects on his journey the day before victory: https://www.facebook.com/InnovaDiscs/videos/10156671594549745/?fref=mentions
FYI... The invaders are already setting up camp in Benton county park in Adair Village.....That's 2 days before the regulated day.......So no security is there yet....... Another FYI..... There's a path to residents of Adair that is not blocked off with No Trespassing signs, all provided and put up by the City of Adair......Be aware, that we will be closely watching the activities to ensure that our neighborhood doesn't burn down and there are no strangers wandering around our streets....