Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Benton County (Or.) Extension Service Records, 1938-2010

Scope and Content Note

The Benton County (Or.) Extension Service Records consist of materials generated and assembled by the Extension Service Office in Benton County. The Records primarily document a variety of activities and programs, primarily pertaining to forestry operations and Christmas tree farms during the tenure of Extension Forester Richard A. (Rick) Fletcher. The collection includes brochures, bylaws, cds, correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, research data, reports, and survey records. Information about forestry demonstration projects, tours and workshops, 4-H forestry programs, and collaboration with local forestry operations and Christmas tree farms are included as well as Extension Service planning materials, surveys, and research records. About a third of the materials reflect research projects in the Benton County area, primarily relating to Christmas tree farming. Materials documenting research on the cultivation of cottonwoods and ponderosa pines are also included. Records of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association are part of the collection.

The photographs consist of 95 slides and 60 prints depicting a forestry tour in Japan, the 1996 National Tree Farm Conference, examples of agro-forestry farming, and Bert Udell.

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