Coming Up – 2017 Tree Farmer of the Year Tour!

Mark Your Calendar – July 21st

The 2017 WCSWA Tree Farmers of the Year, Rich and Connie Gaebel – will host to the annual WCSWA Tree Farm Tour. The Gaebel Tree Farm is located on NW Dairy Creek Road in North Plains. There is a lot of history on the property – an old railroad grade, historic sawmill site, and a past that included a variety of farming endeavors. Rich and Connie have now transformed the property into a productive and beautiful woodland, with a lot of har d work to achieve their vision! See page 10 of the June 2018 Forest Forum for directions and a sample of the tour!

WCSWA Potluck

The cooking crew: Sam Sadtler and Don Sohler are hard at work, with Bob Shumaker providing the supervision.

The annual WCSWA potluck this year was held at the home and tree farm of Ray and Kathy Brock, new members of WCSWA. Their property lies on Hayward Road, with a beautiful view of the Tualatin Valley to the southeast. They were great hosts for the potluck!

Following a grand feast – the usual potluck fare – Ray and Kathy Brock gave some background on their acquisition and initial management activities, followed by a presentation from Mike Cafferata, ODF District Forester, on the Oregon Fo rest Practices Act regarding replanting after harvest. Ray and Kathy assumed this responsibility when they acquired the property and have been working hard with ODF and contractors to accomplish this goal. Following the presentation, members got to see some of the Brocks’ work in reforesting the property.

Additional photos of the potluck, as well as other articles are available in our June 2018 Forest Forum


Master Woodland Managers Program:

Washington County has many small woodland owners who have qualified to become Master Woodland Managers under the OSU Extension MWM program. These MWM’s have received training in woodland management science and technology, and are available to serve as volunteer mentor/advisors to other woodland owners.

To receive the services of a MWM, contact Amy Grotta at 503-397-3462

Last updated: June 9, 2018 at 11:18 am