2022 BSW Virtual Annual Meeting January 20, 2022

The ZOOM meeting started at 6pm: Chapter Business (reports, elections, 2021 program reviews, etc.) Rick Zenn (OSWA Executive Director) presented the OSWA update and legislative spotlights KEYNOTE Presentation was given by Joan Hagar, PhD. (OSU 2004) From Environmentalist to Forest Ecologist: Lessons learned from a career studying forest birdsJoan Hagar is a Research Wildlife Biologist […]

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

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, […]

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 […]

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. We started from the Oak Creek parking lot of the Bald […]