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Staying Connected 

Dear Benton SWCD Community,
As COVID-19 disrupts all of our lives, we journey into a time of uncertainty. Whether you spend this socially distant time farming, weeding, growing a garden, or bird (or bee!) watching from your home, Benton SWCD is looking for ways to continue to serve your conservation needs.

Although we have cancelled our participation in all events that involve social gathering through May 31, 2020, we are developing creative alternatives to continue to connect and share resources. For example, Laura Brown hosted our first Facebook Live event today to demonstrate control of the invasive Italian arum - a pernicious weed you might be battling in your backyard. She will be hosting several "Invasives in Your Backyard" webinars in April and May.

We'll be checking in with you regularly via email to share resources and information to help you pursue the types of activities you might be undertaking these days. Please reach out and let us know what kinds of information you'd find helpful. 

Continue to check our website and Facebook page periodically for updates as we journey together through this moment in history. And most importantly, we wish you the best of health. We are grateful for the efforts you all continue to take to care for your own health and for your place in our shared community.
We are all in this together

The Team at Benton SWCD
  • Holly Crosson, Executive Director, 541-753-7208 ext. 203 
  • Donna Schmitz, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 201
  • Teresa Matteson, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 204
  • Heath Keirstead, Communications & Community Engagement, 541-753-7208 ext. 205
  • Laura Brown, River Restoration and Invasive Species Program Coordinator, 541-753-7208 ext.202
  • Linda Lovett, Operations Manager, 541-753-7208 ext. 200

Invasives in Your Backyard

With the change of the season, you may be noticing more plants springing up in your yard. Some are welcome sights and others aren't. If you are seeing weeds in your yard, you're not alone! Here's the good news: Benton SWCD has a few ways to help you win the war against backyard invaders!

1. Free Treatment!

Oblong Spurge (Euphorbia oblongata), pictured above, has oblong leaves with finely toothed edges, light green-yellow flower clusters, and stems with fine white hairs. Its milky sap may cause skin irritation. It forms large, dense colonies and displaces native plants. This invader is new to Benton County and is only known to exist in a few locations.

If you have Oblong Spurge, contact Laura at Benton SWCD by April 30 to have it treated in May FOR FREE!

2. Invasives Control Grant

Benton SWCD is offering an Invasive Species Control Grant this year! This grant helps landowners and land managers control noxious weeds on their properties in Benton County, Oregon. Check here to see if you have any noxious weeds on Oregon Department of Agriculture’s A or B Noxious Weeds lists. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds run out or June 1, 2020, whichever comes first. Maximum request of $300. Eligible properties must be located in Benton County, Oregon. Project reports and associated requirements must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply!

3. Webinars

Learn how to identify and manage Oblong Spurge, English Ivy, and several other problematic species you might already be battling in your own backyard! In lieu of holding in-person neighborhood meetings, Laura will offer this webinar on April 8 at 6:00 pm, April 14 at 6:30 pm, and again on May 6 at 6:00 pm. 

Sign up here to reserve your spot in this virtual meeting.

Upcoming Events

4/6 Virtual Board Meeting
4/8 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar
4/14 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar
5/4 Virtual Budget Committee Meeting
5/6 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar

These and more events on our calendar.
Watch Laura's Facebook Live video demonstration of Italian arum removal!
Oblong spurge is one of several backyard invaders Laura will cover in a free webinar offered April 8, April 14, or May 6!
Get out on the Willamette with us in June, July, and August!
Paddle with us!
We look forward to seeing you again! Here are several chances for us to catch up and enjoy the river together!
  • June 4 - Community Aquatic Plant ID Event
  • July 8 – Float with Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • July 15 – Paddle and Pull Volunteer Event
  • July 23 – Paddle and Pull Volunteer Event
  • August 13 – Paddle and Pull Volunteer Event
Mark you calendars for these fun events now. We'll share the sign up information as soon as it's available.

Connect with us

We are always looking for ways to improve our planet and we hope you are too.
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