Popcorn flowers in NRCS wetland restoration project.
Benton County has a unique and diverse population base primarily due to the
presence of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County is
676.46 square miles. Eastern parts of the County are characterized by floodplain
and hydric conditions while northern and western parts are mountainous with
occasional valleys and river channels. NRCS in Benton County works
collaboratively with Federal, State, Local and Non-profit conservation
organizations to strategically deliver Federal Farm Bill Programs. The Local
Work Group has identified the lack of riparian buffers, habitat fragmentation
and the loss of rare and declining habitats as priorities in Benton County.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
- Fenderís Blue Butterfly Grazing Enhancement Project: The goal of the
Fenderís Blue Butterfly Grazing Enhancement Project is to provide nectar
corridors that would connect isolated populations of the Endangered Fenderís
Blue Butterfly. The priority area for this project is between Cardwell Hills
- Oak Habitat Restoration Project: The goal of this project is to enhance
and restore native Oak Woodlands and Oak Savannahs. The focus area for this
project is the Northeast portion of Benton County.
- Organic Environmental Quality Incentive Program Initiative: The goal of
this initiative is to aid organic producers in addressing natural resource
concerns related to their farming activities. This program is available to
both USDA Certified Organic producers and producers transitioning to organic
NRCS Programs Available
Additional Conservation Resources Available
- Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
- Maryís River Watershed Council
- Luckiamute Watershed Council
- Alsea Watershed Council
- Long Tom Watershed Council
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)
OWEB funds may be accessed through the Benton Soil and Water Conservation
District or Watershed Councils
Local Work Group Updates
The Benton County Local Workgroup is comprised of local landowners and
conservation professionals. The last Local Workgroup meeting was held at the
Philomath Public Library in September of 2011. The next Local will be held in
the spring of 2012. The Local Workgroup is charged with providing input and
guidance the Benton County NRCS District Conservationist to direct Farm Bill
Funding to priority natural resource concerns.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District
Conservationist listed below.
For meeting information, please
KINGS VALLEY, Ore. Ė Back in 2008, with a little assistance from the
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Goodfoot Farm, a 10-acre
organic farm nestled along the banks of the Luckiamute River in Kings
Valley, Ore., was about to experience improvements not seen in years.
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For Additional Assistance Contact
Tangent Service Center
33630 McFarland Road
Tangent, Oregon 97389-9708
Benton County NRCS District Conservationist: Thomas Snyder,
(541) 967-5925 x118