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Ludwigia Pull - Forage Tour - Bulbs & Seeds - Emerald Ash Borer

Growing relationships between people and place since 1956.

Ludwigia Weed Pull on the Willamette!
Free the Willamette River of Invasive Plants, July 30th

 
Benton SWCD is joining Willamette Riverkeeper and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to hand pull aquatic invasive species including Ludwigia (water-primrose), Nymphoides peltata (yellow floating heart), Myriophyllum aquaticum (parrotfeather) and others. This on-water event calls for volunteers to work in tandem canoes provided by Willamette Riverkeeper. You’ll learn a lot about these invasives and how your participation frees up the water way for native aquatic plant and animal species. 
 
When: Saturday, July 30th, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Where: From Crystal Lake Sports Field Boat Ramp in Corvallis to Michael's Landing in Corvallis

How: Float the river; shuttles provided by Willamette Riverkeeper

What: bring your own PFD, water, lunch, sunscreen and other personal items, such as a mask, to keep you comfortable. Bring your own canoe if you’re inclined. More details can be found on the registration page.  Register Here!

Livestock Forages Field Tour, August 3rd
You're Invited! 


Join the Corvallis NRCS Plant Materials Center (PMC), Oregon State University, and Benton SWCD for the second of two field tours to look at a high diversity of livestock forages.

When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 1 PM - 3 PM.
 
Where: Corvallis Plant Materials Center, 2000 NE Granger Rd, Corvallis – enter from Granger Rd. on the gravel driveway about one mile west of Hwy. 20. There is no entrance from Hwy. 20 contrary to Google Maps!
 
What: Forage trials include over 100 cultivars of 60 species sown at three different times of the year under both irrigated and dryland conditions. Tour the grounds and learn about summer growth and management.
 
Registration requested. RSVP here or click the flyer below. For more information, contact Ian Silvernail Ian.Silvernail@usda.gov


Purchase Native Plant Bulbs & Seeds
Sept. 24 & 25 - Save-the-Dates!


It's time to start thinking now about the native plants that will make your garden beautiful next spring! Benton SWCD will offer native bulbs and seeds only at the Corvallis Fall Festival (no online pre-orders this year). Purchases will be first-come, first-served, and in limited quantities. 

You can expect to find a variety of bulbs and seeds for which we will provide details in our August e-news later this month. Our website will also be updated in August with detailed bulb and seed descriptions to help with your planning and purchases. In the meantime, please plan to visit us at our table under the trees on Monroe Ave. at the Fall Festival.

 
Thank you for your commitment to healthy soils, gardens,
birds, bees and butterflies in Benton County!
 
 
 

Emerald Ash Borer Arrives in Oregon


Photo credit: www.arborday.org 

Emerald Ash Borer recently found in Forest Grove, Oregon could prove devastating for the Oregon ash tree. The US Forest Service refers to invasive species like EAB as the 'wildfires of the East' due to the hundreds of millions of Ash trees killed by this tiny insect.

You can learn more from the US Dept. of Agriculture and Oregon Public Broadcasting. While the Oregon Invasives Species Council has a response plan, you are asked to make a report online at the Oregon Invasive Species Council hotline

Benton SWCD staff are always available to help answer questions.
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