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!

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.

Ever seen one of these balls attached to a leaf and wondered what it is? Called, galls, these little spheres are actuall...
04/22/2020

Ever seen one of these balls attached to a leaf and wondered what it is? Called, galls, these little spheres are actually the homes of parasitic gall wasps which trick their plant hosts into covering their larvae. Since the gall is made up of protective plant tissue, it provides plenty of nutrients for a developing wasp.

The Plunkett House, located in Beazell Memorial Forest, was built in the early 1870's. For nearly a century, the Plunket...
04/17/2020

The Plunkett House, located in Beazell Memorial Forest, was built in the early 1870's. For nearly a century, the Plunkett family occupied the house while farming and keeping livestock on the land until 1961.

Forest Resource Stewardship Plan Update (1,022 acres) RFPBenton County, Oregon is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) fr...
04/16/2020
Bids and RFPs

Forest Resource Stewardship Plan Update (1,022 acres) RFP

Benton County, Oregon is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified Forestry/Natural Resources/Environmental Consulting private sector companies and non-profit organizations to update the 2010 “Resource Management Plan” for each of the three major properties: Fitton-Green Natural Area (308 acres), Fort Hoskins Historic Park (130 acres), and Beazell Memorial Forest (586 acres) equaling 1,022 acres total.

The work to be accomplished under the terms of this Contract consists of:

Significant GIS mapping/data development at the “resource management unit” level

Development of management timelines (2020-2030 time period) for each of the resource management units within each of the properties including but not limited to: commercial harvest of conifers, conifer stand enhancement, oak woodland release, wildfire resistance, carbon sequestration, enhanced forest resiliency, sensitive areas protection, and recreational development.

See full RFP and supporting materials at the website and spread the word!

Bids and RFPs

Check out these photos that community members, Dan and Jen took on their bicycle ride at Bellfountain County Park. Do yo...
04/15/2020

Check out these photos that community members, Dan and Jen took on their bicycle ride at Bellfountain County Park. Do you have a picture that you want us to share? Send us a message with your favorite photos of our natural areas and parks, new or old, and we'll try to find a time to post it!

It’s time for our annual Benton County Natural Areas & Parks survey! The only requirement for taking this survey is that...
04/12/2020

It’s time for our annual Benton County Natural Areas & Parks survey! The only requirement for taking this survey is that you live or frequent Benton County. All members of the public are encouraged to participate, because their values about outdoor spaces are important to us and our management goals, even if you haven’t yet visited one of our parks.

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is completely confidential if you so choose. Those who complete it can enter into a drawing to win a stay at the Alsea Guard Cabin.

Please take the survey here:
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Built in 1869, the Frantz-Dunn house is considered a significant element of the Fort Hoskins site. The home was listed u...
04/10/2020

Built in 1869, the Frantz-Dunn house is considered a significant element of the Fort Hoskins site. The home was listed under the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Having undergone few alterations since it's construction, it serves as an excellent example of Gothic Revival Architecture remaining in the county.

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks has installed car counters and is beginning updates on the annual natural areas and ...
04/08/2020

Benton County Natural Areas & Parks has installed car counters and is beginning updates on the annual natural areas and parks survey. This year, we are focusing on our most frequented sites: Fitton Green Natural Area, Beazell Memorial Forest, Jackson-Frazier Wetland, Adair County Park, and North Albany County Park to track levels of use during the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to document the needs that these areas have during these times, while continuing to get feedback from visitors (like you!) to help inform our long-term management goals.

We will post a link to our park use survey as soon as it is completed. Please check back on our page and website for updates and more information!

Governor Kate Brown's executive order permits recreational activity like jogging or hiking as long as visitors are able ...
04/07/2020

Governor Kate Brown's executive order permits recreational activity like jogging or hiking as long as visitors are able to keep 6 feet apart from one another. Here are some guidelines that Benton County Natural Area's & Parks asks you to do while recreating in order to keep our community safe.

Pictured is a skipping rock being thrown at Irish Bend County Park. This relatively undeveloped park is typically a quie...
04/03/2020

Pictured is a skipping rock being thrown at Irish Bend County Park. This relatively undeveloped park is typically a quiet location for visitors to come relax alongside a rocky sandbar of the Willamette River.

Some April showers turned to snow in Clemens Park this afternoon. Just as an update, all Benton County Parks & Natural A...
04/01/2020

Some April showers turned to snow in Clemens Park this afternoon. Just as an update, all Benton County Parks & Natural Areas’ restrooms located in Alsea will be temporary closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, such as the one pictured in this photograph. We want to thank our visitors for their continued understanding towards the importance of recreating responsibly!

Check out this article about Beazell Memorial Forest written by the Corvallis Gazette-Times! Visitors have been noticing...
03/30/2020
Beazell Memorial Forest remains open and provides outlet during pandemic

Check out this article about Beazell Memorial Forest written by the Corvallis Gazette-Times!

Visitors have been noticing an uptick in hikers at their favorite spots recently. We hope that recreation activities continue to follow social distancing guidelines so visitors may be able to continue enjoying and using these areas as an outlet for outdoor experiences.

Despite an ever-growing list of activities and locations that are closing throughout Oregon during the coronavirus outbreak, there are still plenty of local hikes available that can offer an escape

Western white trilliums, Trillium ovatum var. ovatum, are blooming here in the Pacific Northwest! The flowers on these p...
03/27/2020

Western white trilliums, Trillium ovatum var. ovatum, are blooming here in the Pacific Northwest! The flowers on these plants are usually seen from February until April in the under-story of forested landscapes like in Bellfountain County Park.

We've been noticing an increase of use in some of our natural areas and parks, like in Fitton Green Natural Area. While ...
03/24/2020

We've been noticing an increase of use in some of our natural areas and parks, like in Fitton Green Natural Area. While going outside is a good way to de-stress, we want to make sure that our visitors are safe and practicing proper social distancing techniques. If a place is crowded, consider exploring some other recreation sites nearby. Stay safe out there!

Have you ever played a game of Disc Golf? Played with similar rules as golf using discs instead of a ball and clubs, vis...
03/20/2020

Have you ever played a game of Disc Golf? Played with similar rules as golf using discs instead of a ball and clubs, visitors can come play on the 18 hole Disc Golf course located in Adair County Park! Try to reach each target in the lowest number of throws against your friends to win!

We are currently installing a new kiosk at Hyak County Park. The kiosk will provide a map of the park, some general rule...
03/18/2020

We are currently installing a new kiosk at Hyak County Park. The kiosk will provide a map of the park, some general rules, boating information, and relevant events specific to the area.

Guard stations are historically made up of an office, workshop space and sleeping quarters for Forest Service work crews...
03/13/2020

Guard stations are historically made up of an office, workshop space and sleeping quarters for Forest Service work crews during busy times of the year. The Alsea Gaurd Station was formerly used in such a way during the Depression Era for fire crews in the Siuslaw District. Today, the building has had its historical significance preserved as we transformed the space into a rent-able cabin in partnership with the Siuslaw National Forest.

We hope you are enjoying the sunny evening in Benton County like these Mallards are! Scientifically known as Anas platyr...
03/12/2020

We hope you are enjoying the sunny evening in Benton County like these Mallards are! Scientifically known as Anas platyrhynchos, these ducks can often be found foraging through the surface water at Jackson Frazier Wetland.

The gazebos in Beazell Memorial Forest are often used for bird watching, or resting amongst the trees trail side. This p...
03/06/2020

The gazebos in Beazell Memorial Forest are often used for bird watching, or resting amongst the trees trail side. This particular gazebo is found along the Plunkett Creek Loop trail.

In Fort Hoskins Historic Park, the Commanders House can be seen above sitting on the edge of the parade grounds where it...
03/04/2020

In Fort Hoskins Historic Park, the Commanders House can be seen above sitting on the edge of the parade grounds where it originally sat in 1857. See the house for yourself and learn more along the way through the interpretive loop trail!

Can you spot the Golden Crowned Kinglet, Regulus satrapa, in this photo? We found a flock of these small birds searching...
02/28/2020

Can you spot the Golden Crowned Kinglet, Regulus satrapa, in this photo? We found a flock of these small birds searching for insects amidst wintered foliage in the trees alongside the trail at Fitton Green Natural Area this morning.

The Western Sword Fern, Polystichum munitum is a native, evergreen plant species found in North America. The species is ...
02/27/2020

The Western Sword Fern, Polystichum munitum is a native, evergreen plant species found in North America. The species is very common in the region, as shown by the abundance of ferns that can be seen alongside many trails in Benton County!

Our 3-5 year wetland prairie restoration project at Jackson-Frazier is under way! We are creating vernal pools in the ar...
02/21/2020

Our 3-5 year wetland prairie restoration project at Jackson-Frazier is under way! We are creating vernal pools in the area. These seasonal, rain-fed bodies of water help store water longer into the drier season and provide habitat for specific plant and animal species, particularly amphibians.

Do you have a favorite Benton County Natural Areas & Parks trail? These photos were taken along the Recreation Loop at F...
02/19/2020

Do you have a favorite Benton County Natural Areas & Parks trail? These photos were taken along the Recreation Loop at Fort Hoskins Historic Park!

Did you know that in addition to it's excellent fishing opportunities, Clemens Park offers beautiful, easy trails to exp...
02/14/2020

Did you know that in addition to it's excellent fishing opportunities, Clemens Park offers beautiful, easy trails to explore? While walking around, visitors can enjoy views of the forest and riverfront.

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360 SW Avery Ave
Corvallis, OR
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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....