Welcome to the Benton County Small Woodlands Association! We are an active chapter that holds regular tours of each others’ tree farms, lectures, and other educational events to support responsible forest management, network, and share our knowledge.
Our monthly meetings are USUALLY held on the first Monday of each month from 4pm – 6pm; contact any board member for the Zoom link (virtual meetings) or physical location. (We change venues depending on circumstances.)
We also have a Facebook Group where you can share comments, observations, and pictures with BCSW members—join the conversation!
Ed Easterling of Crestmont Farm – Ranch – Land Trust 2021 ***OREGON*** Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
Greg Palmer: 2021 Benton Small Woodlands Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
Greg’s roots in forestry go back to the ‘60s in Kansas. He became involved with OSU extension and OSWA when Greg and his wife Marilyn purchased a forested property in Oregon during 2004. From the beginning, Greg saw the value in being mentored by foresters. He credits the help he received from both the Extension Service and OSWA as critical to his family’s education. Field trips, Fire School, forestry and viticulture courses are some of the activities Greg names for being so valuable. Greg has also been active in the Oregon Tree Farm System.
In terms of service to OSWA, Greg has helped at plant sales and holiday greenery sales. He has also been a volunteer at the Starker Lecture Series. Around 2010, Greg and his family hosted a tour at their Lurking Turkey Farm. He was tapped for the role of Treasurer of our chapter, an office he held until 2017. As Treasurer, Greg was in charge of collecting door prizes for our annual meeting from forestry suppliers. Fortunately for us, he continues to maintain those relationships and has stayed in charge of that activity even after leaving the board. The Benton Small Woodlands Association thanks Greg for his many hours of service and congratulates him on this recognition.
(by Sarah Edwardsson)
2021 Annual Picnic Report: July 24th Castle Family Forest (Wren, OR)
On July 24th, the Benton County chapter of the Small Woodlands Association held its annual picnic at the Castle Family Forest. The approximately 35 picnickers mingled, ate, and paid rapt attention when member Van Decker recounted the history of the 20 acre forest donated to the Philomath Community Foundation by Emery Castle and his daughter, Cheryl Rogers. Decker described Castle as a man of many contributions. He enlisted in the Air Force immediately after Pearl Harbor, became a much beloved professor of agricultural economics at Oregon State University, and, by the gift of the Castle Family Forest, offered the best possible practical forest education to the youth of Philomath.
In addition to honoring Emery Castle and his daughter, the picnickers cheered loudly when member Ed Easterling, Benton County chapter’s 2020 Tree Farmer of the Year, and now Oregon’s 2021 Tree Farmer of the Year, arrived at the picnic! Way to go, Crestmont Farm!
(by Diana Blakney)
Mini Tour Report: March Girl Scout Camp Managing for Production & Recreation
It was a thought provoking tour in that they are having to manage the forest for long term financial support of the camp as well as aesthetics while providing a great experience for the campers.
Mini-Tour Report: May Bird Walk
Mini-Tour Report: Wildflower Hike
On May 8th the Benton County chapter of the Small Woodlands Association hosted a wildflower hike, one of several outdoor gatherings held by the chapter over the past several months. The hike was attended by a dozen people and was led by Mike Albrecht.
2020-2021 Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour September 18th 2021
Congratulations to Ed Easterling, Benton County’s 2020 Tree Farmer of the Year! Ed established Crestmont Farm in 2005 on 775 acres of intensively managed, heavily-harvested industrial forest lands with the objective of balancing wood production and habitat management. He immediately began working with consulting foresters and others to maintain and enhance the forest plantations while looking towards restoration of the property’s other resources. Over the past 15 years, Ed and his team have transformed industrial timber lands just west of Corvallis into a community resource.
SAVE THE DATE! September 18th, 2021 for the Tree Farmer of the Year Tour. There will be 2 identical tours: One in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Benton County OSWA Chapter News & Events
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 […]
Trout Mountain Forestry is managing the forest for long term financial support of the camp as well as aesthetics.
We identified 43 different birds and learned a lot about some of them.
The Quarterly Bark Newsletter
The Quarterly Bark is the joint newsletter for Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln County OSWA chapters. You can access current and past editions here.
About the Benton Chapter
Benton Chapter Board of Directors
Benton Chapter has an active board of directors. Feel free to contact them for information on this chapter and its activities and events. More information is also available on the chapter’s Facebook Group.
For general inquiries, please email email@example.com.
- President – David Ehlers @ 541-231-7094
- Treasurer – Jane Brandenburg
- Secretary – Diana Blakney
- Membership – Sarah Edwardsson @ 541-745-2062
- OSWA Rep – Nancy Hathaway @ 541-758-5510
- Program Chair – Pat Boren @ 541-929-2144
- Education Chair – Rita Adams @ 541-752-3324
- Tree Farmer of Year Program Chair – David Hibbs @ 541-752-3245
- Member at large – Dena Oakes
- Member at large – Darrell Oakes
- Member at large – Ed Easterling