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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Power Outages
Upcoming Wildfire Wednesdays Webinars
Conservation Education Grant Accepting Applications
2021 with Willamette Mainstem Cooperative
Salmon Watch Family Day - You are invited!

Preparing for Power Outages 

and tips for sheltering in place

A blog post by Pam Wilson

In the twelfth installment of Pam Wilson’s Emergency Preparedness Series, she shares ideas to help you prepare for wildfires, power outages, and sheltering in place. For example, if you know a storm is coming, it is a good idea to set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings so food remains colder longer. Once the internal temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 2 hours, refrigerator contents should be thrown away. Read the full post for more great tips!

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Wildfire Wednesday Webinars

A Series from OSU Extension Fire Program

Wednesdays, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 and 12/8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

This series, which began in the spring of 2021, continues this fall with four webinars covering a range of topics to help you prepare for the next wildfire season. Topics include examples where preventative work made a difference, home hardening, defensible space, and the home ignition zone. 

Registration is required for these free online learning opportunities. 

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Upcoming Events

Now Winter Native Plant Sale shop online now!
10/19-11/17 Salmon Watch Field Trips - Volunteers Needed
11/6 Salmon Watch Family Day, Alsea (It's on!)
11/10 Wildfire Webinar (OSU Extension Fire Program)
11/17 Wildfire Webinar (OSU Extension Fire Program)

Visit BSWCD's calendar.

Benton SWCD Staff

Holly Crosson, Executive Director, 541-753-7208 ext. 201 
Linda Lovett, Operations Manager, 541-753-7208 ext. 200
Michael Ahr, Natural Resource Conservation Program Manager, 541-753-7208 ext.202
Donna Schmitz, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 203
Teresa Matteson, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 204
Heath Keirstead, Communications & Community Engagement, 541-753-7208 ext. 205

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BSWCD's Conservation Education Grants

Accepting applications through November 15

If you want to engage students in the study of natural resources in Benton County we want to help make it happen! We fund field trips, interns, garden supplies, curriculum, and a wide variety of other projects. Average grant award is $500. Application period will close November 15, 2021. 

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2021 Highlights from the Willamette Mainstem Cooperative

Checking in with Michael Ahr

A blog post by Troy Abercrombie of Western Invasives Network

In April of 2021, Benton SWCD welcomed Michael Ahr as our Natural Resources Conservation Program Manager. Michael immediately hit the ground running as he and his team took on multiple inventories on the Willamette this summer, searching out Ludwigia and yellow floating heart and complementing the work of colleagues from Willamette Riverkeeper. Populations of wapato, a native aquatic plant, were making a strong rebound and Ludwigia was limited to a couple small sites that were easily hand-pulled. Read the full article to learn more about Michael's work with the WIllamette Mainstem Cooperative this summer.

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Salmon aren't the only cute critters we see at Clemens Park! 

Salmon Watch Family Day

Saturday, November 6, 9:30AM to 1:00PM 

Clemens County Park, Alsea

Bring your family out to the river at Clemens Park to view spawning Chinook salmon, learn about their amazing journey, explore a healthy river habitat, and gain insight into what all these things have to do with you.

Masked volunteers will be on hand to talk with you and show you the tools we use on Salmon Watch field trips to explore this beautiful habitat. This is a free event.

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