Benton County received its first County Extension Agent in 1917. The Oregon State University Extension Service established a farm forestry project in 1944; by the early 1980s, the Extension Forestry program included 10 county agents and 8 central staff forestry specialists.
Rick Fletcher served as Extension Forestry Agent for Benton County from 1979 until his retirement in 2011. Bert W. Udell graduated from Oregon State College in 1940 with a degree in logging engineering. He established the Happy Valley Tree Farm near Lebanon, Oregon, where he hosted an annual tree day for the public. The tree farm was the site for 4-H activities and educational tours. Udell was also active in the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. He died in Lebanon in 2010.
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