Kraus Family Tree Farm Tour Report

Kraus Family Tree Farm Oct 16th Mini-Tour by Rita Adams With a warming fire provided by Van Decker, owners Rita Adams, Beverly Crabtree and John Krause welcomed 20 fellow tree farmers to their tree farm. Harold and Betty Krause spent over 40 years logging and thinning.  Removing over 1700MBF on their 40 acre tree farm. […]

Crestmont Farm Family 2021 BCSW TFOY Report

(Article and photos provided by David Hibbs) Crestmont Farm Family and Ed Easterling have done incredible things with this property. The property is divided into 3 units, each with different management plans. The first management unit focuses on commercial timber production with some thoughtful consideration of diversity and habitat improvement. The second unit is managed […]

Mini-Tour Report April Castle Family Forest

Castle Family Forest Photos from the April 17th Mini-Tour Van Decker told about the history of the 20 acre forest which was donated to the Philomath Community Foundation by Emery Castle and his daughter, Cheryl Rogers, in 2016. The Castle family’s gift was designated to be used for environmental education with goals of expanding Philomath […]

How 2020 Labor Day Firestorm Developed – Chris Dunn

Oregon fire scientist, Chris Dunn, presented an overview of the 2020 fires and the history of fire in Oregon. This YouTube video is a recording of the Benton County Small Woodlands 2020 annual meeting. Small woodland owners are in the 2021 fire season and things are not looking good. This video explaining the 2020 firestorm […]

Spring 2021 Benton SW Mini Tours: Thinning, Patching, Wild Flowers, Birding, Castle Forest

BENTON SMALL WOODLANDS ASSOCIATION SPRING MINI TOURS The BSWA is offering opportunities to get out into forests this Spring. We will be compliant with the COVID regulations by enforcing mask usage, distancing and limiting the number of attendees. There will be four tours, spaced through March, April and May. Each tour will be limited to […]

Benton Small Woodlands Annual Meeting News – January 2021

It was yet another Zoom meeting but it was well attended and very well hosted. Portions of the meeting were recorded for upload to YouTube. Retiring board members, Karen Fleck-Harding and Mike Albrecht were recognized for their decades of service. Longtime board member Nancy Hathaway is the 2020 BCSW Volunteer of the Year. Due to […]