Type of event: Study tour
Topic: Little Beaver Creek Tree Farm
Organization: Doneen Inc.
Location: Forest Grove, Oregon
Hosts: Anne and Richard Hanschu
International Fellows: Richard Banda (Malawi), Fen-hui Chen (Taiwan), Temitope Dauda (Nigeria), Zhongyuan Ding (China), Ana Kanoppa (Brazil), Will Maiden (United Kingdom), Romain Matile (France), Rodolfo Vieto (Costa Rica)
WFI Staff: Shadia Duery / International Fellowship Manager, Vivian Bui / Professional Programs Coordinator
The International Fellows' latest study tour was to Little Beaver Creek Tree Farm, owned and operated by second-generation owners Anne and Richard Hanschu. The tree farm was established in 1956 when Anne's father purchase 212 acres. When it became time for Anne and Richard to take over the property, they retired from their previous careers as a schoolteacher and veterinarian, respectively, and relocated from Oklahoma to Oregon. According to Richard, "forestry is the best way to retire." Not having had any formal training in forestry, the Hanschus completed Oregon State University's master woodland manager extension program, which the couple credits with providing practical meaning and application to information and ideas. The Hanschus now own a total of roughly 500 acres divided across three properties, which they actively manage for"economically-minded sustainable production." In addition, Anne and Richard host group tours on their property to share with others the forest management lessons they have learned during their tenure. During our visit, the Hanschus walked us through their operations, talked about what it’s like to be a family-run and operated tree farm, and showed us the work they’ve been doing on their property.
|Anne and Richard Hanschu (center), owners and operators of Little Beaver Creek Tree Farm.|
Or, as Richard likes to say, "Anne is the owner and I'm her only employee."
|Richard Hanschu explains the logging practice known as|
a "reverse Humboldt cut" to WFI Fellows
|Anne and Richard Hanschu describe the age distribution|
of the tree stands at Little Beaver Creek Tree Farm
- Multiple-aged stands
- Small-patch clearcuts (6-10 acres)
- Practice cable logging, land falling, weather logging, and shovel logging
- FSC and American Tree Farm System-certified
- Leave snags and heritage frees as wildlife habitat
- No logging within 100'-wide riparian buffer zone
- Reinvest in property improvements, including road maintenance/improvement for wildfire protection and year-round accessibility to tree stands
|"If your roots are planted in the right place, you will prosper."|