Firewise Training: Defensible Space and Landscaping

August 22, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Alpine Community Center, 25184 Webster Avenue, Monroe, OR 97456

This workshop is free to public. The workshop will focus on the basics of preparing and maintaining your home and surrounding property for wildfire resistance. Practical and informative handouts will be given to attendees. Food and drink will be available. 

Behavioral Health Services launches new intake process

Effective July 29, 2019, there was a process change for walk-in behavioral health screenings for enrollment in mental health or substance use disorder treatment at the Benton Health Center (Benton County Health Services Building), 530 NW 27th Street, Corvallis. 

Walk-in and register between 10:00 and 11:00 am, and screenings will begin promptly at 11:00 am. For clients meeting admission criteria, every effort will be made to complete an assessment the same day. Admission is based on severity of symptoms, treatment needs, and functional impairment. Screenings and assessments will continue to occur on the second floor of the Benton County Health Services building at 530 NW 27th Street in Corvallis.
Grant application period open for non-lethal animal damage control

The Benton County Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) funds a merit-based, cost share, reimbursement grant program for non-lethal wildlife deterrents. The application period opens July 1, 2019 and closes August 16, 2019. Grants will be awarded September 16, 2019.

Non-lethal wildlife deterrent equipment, devices, and housing which proactively protect livestock and crops are eligible for reimbursement grant funding. Beaver deterrents to protect trees or prevent flooding are also eligible for funding. Examples of non-lethal deterrents include, but are not limited to: guardian animals, certain types of fencing, birthing sheds, visual and acoustic scare devices, and flow devices such as beaver pond levelers.

Love County Natural Areas and Parks? Take our annual survey

Benton County wants to understand how county parks are used by how many patrons, and how we can improve the user experience for future generations. The 2019 survey focuses on Bellfountain Park, Fort Hoskins Historic Park, Fitton Green Natural Area, and Irish Bend Park. The information will be used to inform the department’s strategic plan and help set priorities for maintenance and improvement projects, as well as where to consider adding amenities, such as trails, picnic areas and restrooms.

County Roads Maintenance - August 2019 Schedule

The Skunk Creek Culvert Replacement on Oak Creek Drive was started the week of July 22, 2019.

Beginning Monday, July 29, 2019 the road was closed at milepost 2.05 on Oak Creek Drive. A 1,000 foot bypass will be built at the site to detour traffic. It is anticipated that the road will be closed approximately 20 days.    //  541-766-6800 //