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It's salmon spawning season in Benton County! Enjoy this short locally-made video, then head out to Clemens Park to witness firsthand the final stage of the Pacific salmon's epic journey.

VOLUNTEER for Salmon Watch this Fall!

We are having a wonderful time teaching Salmon Watch at Clemens Park this fall. It's great to be back out there with the students, teachers, and amazing Salmon Watch volunteers!

We'd love for you to join us. Eligible volunteers are those who are fully vaccinated at the time of their field trip. All participants will wear masks; students sanitize hands between station rotations.
Need a Salmon Watch Refresher?
1. Check out the excellent Salmon Watch Streaming video series.
3. Read over the station curriculum on the Linn Benton Salmon Watch website.
4. Contact Heath for additional review.
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Farming with Soil Life 

Ecological Small-Scale Vegetable Farming and Soil Health

A free online short course with the Xerces Society

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

This course is led by Stephanie Frischie and Corin Pease of the Xerces Society, who will discuss common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations.

Guest speaker Jennifer Aron of Blue Raven Farm will discuss results from a six-year ecological farming trial. Focusing on the farm's soil's health has increased crop productivity and has greatly reduced pests, diseases and weeds, while encouraging a plethora of beneficial insects. This presentation will share in detail the trials and tribulations they endured over the past six years as well as the remarkable success the farm has experienced as a result of their dedication to soil health.

This online short course is intended for NRCS staff, Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Pacific Northwest, but anyone is welcome to register and attend. Click here to view agenda.

Registration is required for this free online course. 


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 (tentative)

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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