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Salmon Watch is a FREE experiential field trip for 5th and 6th grade students that focuses on salmon and healthy watersheds. The Linn-Benton Salmon Watch is coordinated by @calapooiawatershedcouncil, @bentonswcd, @southsantiamwc, @odfw_conservation, and @u.s.forestservice.It takes a huge volunteer effort to carry out these field trips each fall and we know recruitment will be particularly challenging in 2021. That's why we are asking for community support to hire a volunteer coordinator so that we can meet the challenge and continue to provide students with this amazing outdoor experience!To support the program, please visit our gofundme campaign: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/salmon-watch-volunteer-coordinatorTo learn more about Linn-Benton Salmon Watch visit: lbsw.orgThank you for your support!#salmonwatch #outdooreducation

By Webmaster / April 30, 2021
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Our new blog post features a success story close to our hearts. Bogwood is a special place and great work is happening there.This photo image is of a beaver dam analog built by the landowners at Bogwood. In the absence of beaver, these structures serve a critical ecosystem service. They serve to slow water down, creating temporary pools that help develop nutrient-rich soils. Holding water on the land longer also helps to recharge soils and supports healthy, complex plant communities. This, in turn, promotes wildlife use. Learn more about Bogwood by clicking on the link in our bio!📸 1. Small logs constructed into a midstream dam analog with ponded water above and flowing water below.

By Webmaster / February 22, 2021
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We are just a week away from the first seminar in our upcoming Plan For Your Land workshop series! There are a couple of spots remaining in this fully remote series and you must register to hold your spot in the class! All are welcome; resources will be geared toward Linn County residents but information will be generally useful for the mid-Willamette Valley. More information and registration are available in our bio.

By Webmaster / January 19, 2021
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Hey folks! New year, new look for our website! We'd love for you to check it out and let us know how things are looking. Link is in our bio, but the address is pretty easy: https://www.sswc.org.While you're there, you can find our most recent Annual Report if you haven't seen it yet. You can also sign up for our mailing list and check out our document library. We're loving our revamp and can't say enough good things about our fabulous webmaster. Thank you @nancythecurious!!!

By Webmaster / January 11, 2021
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Watershed councils are many things to many people, but at our core, we are builders and shapers.  As we leave 2020 behind, we note the ways it has shaped us and pause to decide what we take forward with us into a new year.  We chose gratitude, hope, optimism, flexibility, and care: for each other and the world around us.This year, our Annual Report focuses on gratitude. And we are grateful. In the face of tremendous change, we sought and found moments of clarity, connection, beauty, and growth. This last year brought opportunities to rethink the ways in which we work. We learned what it means to adapt, adapt again, and then come to understand that, like water flowing downstream, we are constantly adapting.In August, the council brought on a new director. In a few days, we'll launch a new website.  In late January, we'll host a second round of the conservation education workshop series Plan For Your Land. Together, with your support, we will continue to grow. To adapt to an ever-changing world. To protect and enhance the watershed. To learn with our neighbors. To care for land, water and everything they touch.A link to the 2020 Annual Report is in our bio. We look forward to working with you in the new year!

By Webmaster / December 31, 2020
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Beginning Tuesday January 26, the South Santiam Watershed Council will be hosting a weekly 4-part virtual Plan For Your Land workshop series. Agency partners will teach participants about conservation concerns from wildlife habitat to water quality and help you develop a plan based on your goals. For more information and registration visit: https://pfylsswc-2021.eventbrite.com/

By Webmaster / December 22, 2020
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Stop by @block15brewing Taproom in south Corvallis next Tuesday December 8th and help support Linn-Benton Salmon Watch! A portion of sales will benefit the long running outdoor education program. So grab some great local grub and show your love for Salmon Watch!#salmonwatch #localbrew

By Webmaster / December 5, 2020
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We all need a little help sometimes … the council’s Director, Shannon Richardson, got a tour of one of the South Santiam’s gems from her son over the weekend. Visiting a place for the first time under the guidance of a young person is truly a special experience!Whatever you have planned this week, we hope that you find yourself a gem, a special place to rest and reflect….📸1. Grand Terrace Falls. 2. McDowell Creek. 3. Rock stairs on the trail. 4. Child hiking near Crystal Falls….#mcdowellcreekfalls @linn_county_oregon @linncountyparks #everykidoutdoors

By Webmaster / November 25, 2020
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Whew! That was a close call at one of our sites near Scio. As we start heading into the cooler months ahead, staff have been out checking on planting locations. We love to see such great growth on conifers and understory species in riparian areas and look forward to when these rich, complex places will provide high quality habitat for aquatic and terrestrial critters….In the meantime, we’ll join this little pine in saying thank goodness it’s Friday! Have a great weekend!…📸1. A young pine emerges from the limbs of a fallen tree. 2. Strong growth from plantings along Crabtree Creek.

By Webmaster / November 20, 2020
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Council staff got out to Hamilton Creek yesterday to check on a restoration project in process. Noxious weed treatment, plantings and establishment were all looking solid on this beautiful fall day, and we had two fantastic field techs to boot!…📸 1-4: young plantings to reestablish healthy riparian vegetation along Hamilton Creek. 5: mature ivy treatment. 6: snowberry next to Hamilton Creek. 7: four-legged field assistants….#southsantiam #riverrestoration #planttrees

By Webmaster / November 13, 2020
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