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 […]

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 County October 2020 Mini-Forest-Tours

In these challenging times of pandemic precautions, Benton Small Woodland Association successfully held mini-forest-tours on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Attendance was limited to ten or fewer participants. Three tours were scheduled at the same time at different locations. Participants were required to wear face covering when on the tour, as well as keeping social distance. […]

March 2019 – Harding Discussion Group Tour

The Benton County Chapter has revived our popular “discussion group tours” or “twilight tours” where we visit each other’s properties and discuss forest management ideas. It’s an opportunity to see what/how others are doing things, show off our accomplishments, make suggestions, ask questions, discuss issues and problems and just have a general learning experience. No formal […]

Plant Nutrition in Forestry Tour

A summary: The Plant Nutrition in Forestry tour on Saturday, September 15, 2018 raised more questions than answers but managed to make a group of approximately 25 interested tree farmers have a lot to think about. Mark Gourley is an expert on nutritional balancing for the production of healthy Douglas fir trees in our coastal […]

Carr/Oakes/Johnson Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tour

By Jeremy Felty On May 19th 2018, 160 participants visited the Carr-Oakes-Johnson Homestead/Hardell Tree Farm in Benton county. They are the 2018 Benton County Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The property is in its 4th generation of continuous family management. The first piece was homesteaded in 1883. Some of the original family orchard is […]