Annual Banquet Coming Up – Hampton Guest Speaker

The 2019 WCSWA Annual Banquet is coming up soon – November 23rd. This year’s banquet will feature David Hampton, Owner and Board Director for Hampton Lumber Company, as our featured speaker. Hampton Lumber is a northwest, family-owned business that has deep roots in the area starting when Bud Hampton, David’s grandfather, purchased his first sawmill in Willamina in 1942 to supply his lumber business in Tacoma. Today Hampton remains a family owned business with over 1,600 employees. Hampton Lumber includes a wholesale business that sells lumber throughout the United States and also includes an import/export division that works with customers worldwide.

The focus of Mr. Hampton’s presentation will be his insights from the history of the company, its current operations and some notion of what the future might hold. He might also share a few thoughts on the local music scene. In addition to his duties at Hampton Lumber, Mr. Hampton is also a musician and is a member of the “rootsy, jamming rock” band, The Brother’s Jam, which performs regularly in the Portland area. Plan to join us for the Washington County Small Woodlands Association Annual Banquet, November 23, 2019 at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.

The 2019 WCSWA Tree Farmer of the Year will also be announced. The Tree Farmer selected this year will represent Washington County in the Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year selection process – and could eventually compete for the Western Regional and National Tree Farmer of the Year. See the enclosed flyer for more information, and to RSVP.

The Future of Forest Creatures

Notes from WCSWA’s Oct 22 Meeting

A trio of wildlife experts helped our large crowd of woodland owners understand how wildlife and forests depend on each other and what we as forest owners may consider doing to help forest creatures.

Peter Hayes narrated the program.  Peter is a longtime WCSWA member. He and his wife Pam own Hyla Woods and are well-known for innovative approaches to woodland management. Peter started the program by having the audience name the animals they have seen in their forests – the list was long.


Lori Hennings, a senior natural resource scientist for Metro, explained that different critters need different aged forests:  Complex structure including shrubs, snags and dead wood are important.  100 species of critters use snags and 70 more use dead wood on the forest floor.  Lori gave an example of an oceanspray shrub attracting caterpillars which are “like a slow-moving pizza” to birds.  As landowners, we can create brush piles, snags or put a log in a pond just in case a turtle comes by.

See “Critters” page 8


For more stories see the November 2019 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: November 4, 2019 at 5:44 am