Welcome to Benton County’s OSWA Chapter

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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 held virtually the first Monday of each month from 4pm – 6pm; contact any board member for the Zoom link.

We also have a Facebook Group where you can share comments, observations, and pictures with BCSW members—join the conversation!

Let’s Go to the Forest! Mini-Tours

“Hike with Mike” Mini Forest Tour Oct 2020
Photo Credit: Scott Harris

In these challenging times of pandemic precautions, Benton Small Woodland Association is still holding mini-forest-tours! It is a great opportunity to get out into forests for learning and sharing.

There will be four tours this spring, spaced through March, April, and May. We will be compliant with the COVID regulations by enforcing mask usage, distancing and limiting the number of attendees; each tour will be limited to 10 attendees. We ask that you sign up for just one of the tours so participation can be spread over more members.

2020-2021 Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year

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 forestlands 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 timberlands just west of Corvallis into a community resource.

While we have not been able to have the 2020 Tree Farmer of the Year event due to gathering restrictions, we hope to hold this tour in the fall of 2021.

Member Photos

News

Benton County OSWA Chapter News & Events

Quarterly Bark January and April 2021 Issues

The Quarterly Bark is the joint newsletter for Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln County OSWA chapters. Download .pdf

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 bentoncoswa@gmail.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

Smokey Says

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL
Only you can prevent wildfires

Benton Events

May 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 05/03/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jun 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 06/07/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jul 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 07/05/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Aug 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 08/02/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sep 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 09/06/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Oct 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 10/04/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Nov 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 11/01/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dec 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 12/06/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Apr 2021

OSU Tree School 2021: Trees on the Move: Migration of Tree Species in Response to Climage Change - 04/20/2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
ODF Board of Forestry - April 21 - 04/21/2021 at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
OSWA Forestry Taxation Series #5 - 04/27/2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wildfire Wednesday: Ready, Set, Go! - 04/28/2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Arbor Day - 04/30/2021 at All Day

May 2021

Douglas Tree Farmer of the Year for 2020 Tour, Richard and Donna Rawson - 05/01/2021 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 05/03/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
OSU Tree School 2021: Best Practices of Slash Pile and Burning - 05/04/2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
DSWA: Board Meeting - 05/04/2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
OSWA Forestry Taxation Series #6 - 05/11/2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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