Tree Farmer of the Year 2018

Written by Admin. Posted in Benton, Local Chapter Events, OSWA Home Page, Statewide OSWA Events, Uncategorized

Tree Farmer of the Year 2018
Marsha Oakes Carr and Oakes Family Members

By Nancy Hathaway

Benton County tree farmers were treated to a tour of the Oakes Investment LLC property on May 19, 2018. Marsha and her brothers and sister, Duane, Darrell, Dennis and Christine, as well as Marsha’s granddaughter Kayla, all participated in the tour. Their parents, Don and Donna Oakes, former Tree Farmers of the Year, were also present.

Tree Farmer of the Year Attendees

Tree Farmer of the Year Attendees

In 1999 the LLC was formed by gifting shares to the six siblings. The parents’ goals were to keep the property in the family and keep their children interacting together in the management. This was well demonstrated at the tour. Family members accompanied each tour group sharing their knowledge of aspects of management. The whole family participates in the management of their 600 acre tree farm!

Marsha and David Carr

Marsha and David Carr

Our tour started at the Homestead Place, which was actually homesteaded in 1883 by Don Oakes’ great-great-grandparents. After much back and forth of ownership over the next century, Don and Donna Oakes were able to buy the property in 1987. Don actually planted many of the Doug fir on the place right after high school. He and his cousin planted 60-80 acres by pulling up seedlings from roadsides. Now these forests are ready to be thinned.

Kayla Carr at the Pond

Kayla Carr at the Pond

Near the Homestead Place, we visited the pond where granddaughter Kayla Carr, age 13, and Fran Cafferata Coe led a discussion of wildlife, in particular the red-legged frog. Also nearby is a 60-70 year old stand of Doug fir. Since this stand had been lightly thinned over the years, discussion centered on alternative paths going forward.

We stopped at a young stand of fir currently being thinned by Marsha’s son Dan in his “spare” time. Starting at the bottom of a quite steep incline, he thins his way up.

Kayla Carr and Fran Cafferata Coe

Kayla Carr and Fran Cafferata Coe

On our drive through the property we noticed several very old open-grown trees; one tree’s circumference was 33 feet and about 250 years old. We also drove through the LLC’s most recent acquisition, a purchase from Weyerhaeuser to fill in some missing age classes. Marsha wanted to make sure that harvesting opportunities would be available for the grandchildren in the future.

The weather was perfect and the tour was interesting and inspirational to the 110 people attending. This four-generation family demonstrated how working together they achieve their goals of managing a fairly large amount of land. Their ultimate goal is to have the 5th and future generations involved!

Columbia County Small Woodlands Spring Dinner Meeting

Written by Admin. Posted in Columbia, General News, Local Chapter Events, Meetings, OSWA Home Page, Statewide OSWA Events

Please join us at the:
Columbia County Small Woodlands Spring Dinner Meeting
at the Beaver Homes Grange
Saturday May 19, 2018.
($15/person no one under 12)
Meet and greet at 5:00. Dinner served at 5:30pm. Program starts at

Marilyn Richen and Tammy Jackson will share their knowledge of using
dogs to hunt for truffles, and will have their dogs Gucci (winner of
the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship in 2015) and Blue
on hand to demonstrate.

Mark Dreyer

Mass Timber in the News

Written by Admin. Posted in Benton, Forestry News, General News, OSWA Home Page

Mass timber is in the news all over the Willamette Valley (and fairly old news in Europe) so we OSWA members scheduled a tour on March 8, 2018. Mass timber structures, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) push beyond wood’s perceived boundaries, achieving building heights and spans that would have once required a concrete or steel structural frame. Originally conceived in Europe using spruce, OSU researchers showed that the use of douglas fir and other refinements can significantly enhance CLT, and the new Peavy Hall is a demonstration of this revolutionary building technology. The CLT panels were manufactured at D.R. Johnson in Riddle and the mass plywood panels were made at Freres Lumber in Lyons.

CLT consists of layers of dimension lumber (typically three, five, or seven) oriented at right angles to one another and then glued to form structural panels with exceptional trength, dimensional stability, and rigidity. Panels are particularly cost effective for multistory and large building applications up to 12 floors. Some designers view CLT as both a stand- alone system and a product that can be used together with other wood products, such as mass plywood panels. CLT and mass plywood offer two-way span capabilities, making them well-suited to floors, walls, and roofs, and may be left exposed on the interior for aesthetics. The composite action between CLT and concrete provides extreme stiffness and minimal deflection which, along with an insulation layer between the materials, provided good acoustic separation between floors. (Update: one panel delaminated at the joint but has since been replaced. All panels made at the same time are being tested in place using radar.)

Recent advances in CLT panel connectors allow controlled structural flexing during extreme seismic and wind loads, and were recently shake-table tested over 9.2 Richter scale.


OSWA group and guests


A Message From Benton Chapter President

Written by Admin. Posted in Benton, General News

From our President, Karen Fleck Harding

Congratulations to Benton Small Woodlands members!! We tied with Washington County for the highest annual renewal rate of all the county chapters!!

As we greet spring into our lives again this year, the Benton Small Woodlands Association is greeting nine new members to our local chapter. Early this year, we sent an invitation to all woodland owners in Benton County to join in the fun and educational endeavors of our group. If your friend or neighbor woodland owner has not yet joined, we hope you’ll reach out to them with a personal invitation to join. It would also be wonderful to broaden our membership with more youth– if you know any budding young woodland managers, give them a call!

I am honored to have been selected as President of the Benton Small Woodlands Chapter for 2018-19, and I’m excited to be working with a great group of enthusiastic volunteers. Dave Ehlers, our President-Elect is generous with his creative ideas and energy. As Program Chair, Dave is doing an awesome job organizing interesting educational events, like our recent tour of Peavy Hall to experience “mass timber” construction in action. On March 7, at the annual Woodland Information Night, we heard from three speakers about what we can do to promote forest pollinators, wildlife habitat and forest diversity. Check out what’s coming up in the next few months in the Calendar of Events!

Greg Vollmer has agreed to be both Treasurer and Secretary, but only for one more year! So we need your help – please attend the board meetings: first Monday of the month at 4pm at the Benton County Extension office — and get your feet wet – you’ll be ready to take over for Greg next year!

Nancy Hathaway is a member of the board of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, so she has agreed to serve as liaison between our chapter and the state organization, keeping us abreast of what’s happening in Salem. Rita Adams enjoys working with students so much that she will continue in her capacity as Chair of our K-12 Education Programs, as she has done passionately for many years. Dave Hibbs, our 2017 Tree Farmer of the Year, is Chair of the Tree Farmer of the Year Committee. He is currently planning for the tour of our 2018 Tree Farmers, the Carr-Oakes-Johnson Family. See the full announcement for this exciting event, coming up on May 19th.

Our Membership Chair is currently unfilled – but Mike Albrecht is enthusiastically welcoming our new members, making sure their questions are answered and they’re informed of upcoming events. Sarah Karr is our new coordinator for our blog page on the Oregon Small Woodlands website. Check it out at And Rich Clark, your Bark News Editor, is a Benton Chapter member, keeping us informed across neighboring Chapters. Pat Boren, Roger Workman and Laura Harmsen, also active Benton Chapter board members, are always ready to help out where needed.

During my term as president of the Benton chapter, I hope to find ways to ensure that the diverse voices among our local membership are reflected in our activities and are heard by the Oregon Small Woodlands leadership.

Here on our 285-acre woodland in Wren, Tom and I have been busy (over 400 hours between us) removing “lots” of English hawthorne last fall and Scotch broom this winter on our recent 55-acre
addition. It is rewarding to see the changes! Since Woodland Information Night, the mantra of “thin early, thin often, and be messy” has been circulating through my head as I walk through our forest this spring. At OSU’s Forest Health Conference last month, I learned that the flat-headed borer is of particular concern in drought stressed firs growing among the oaks and on the edges of the forest, and that thinning can be helpful. We like to do our own forest work – we have plenty to do – and look forward to an active retirement together.


Lincoln Chapter Annual Dinner Meeting

Written by Admin. Posted in General News, Lincoln, Membership News, OSWA Home Page

The Lincoln County Chapter
OSWA Annual Dinner Meeting.

header-oswa-logoEAGLE ROOST TREE FARM
On Saturday March the 17th
@ 1617 N Bay View Drive, Waldport.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, information and dinner!

This is an opportunity for a pleasant afternoon, visiting with Neighbors and Friends along with an update on current events affecting us in the timber industry with and dining out.

Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Kevin Masterson, the Oregon DEQ lead person on testing, for pesticides, bringing us up to date on those issues.

Jim James, OSWA Executive Director will bring us up to date on how we as OSWA Members have an impact on the course of changes that affect us.

We will hear from our Own Extension Forester Valerie Grant, as well from our new County Steward forester.

Our meeting will close with the traditional raffle of donated items.

Social time 2:30 PM, 3:15 PM Speakers. Dinner @ 5PM.

The Annual Meeting will be short after dinner with Members

Please RSVP To:

Judy Pelletier by March the 15th at

Or to:

The Meeting provides a great opportunity to invite neighbors and friends to experience the benefits of becoming an LCOSWA member.

Please feel comfortable to bring a guest.