Benton County Forestry and Natural Resources

Out there for Oregon’s forests. Here for Oregonians.

Forests and the diverse natural resources associated with them are an important part of Benton County landscape, heritage, economy, and way of life. Did you know that about 2/3 of Benton County is forested!?

As your local Forestry and Natural Resources Extension agent, my job is to utilize the latest research and innovations from Oregon State University and other institutions to provide science-based education and expertise. Whether you are interested in better managing your land, growing your forest-based business, or are an aspiring naturalist, I am here to point you in the right direction.

Below are several ways you can learn from, and get involved with our Forestry and Natural Resources Program. You may also call our local office or get in touch with me directly.

See you in the woods!

Brad Withrow-Robinson

Stay on top of news and events.

Sign up for the Woodland Compass, a free electronic newsletter, to receive useful information about taking care of your land, cost share opportunities, and timely announcements of upcoming events in the Needle.  

Attend a workshop, conference, or field tour.

We have many opportunities for learning. Join us for a forest management series, a one-day forest health field tour, or one of our many other local events. Website under construction, events may not be in chronological order please continue scrolling. 

Explore Oregon’s forests with us.

Participate in science-based learning experiences that help you appreciate Oregon's diverse forest ecosystems and make informed decisions regarding forest policy and management. For example, our Master Naturalist Program offers opportunities to learn about the natural history of plants, animals, habitats, geology, culture, as well as the most relevant topics in sustainable natural resource management.

Find your people.

Our community-based groups, such as the Women Owning Woodlands Network and Master Woodland Manager Program, get together to learn with – and from – other landowners who value Oregon’s forests and communities.

Dig into our educational resources

Our catalog includes dozens of free publications, videos, webinars, and podcasts, covering a wide variety of topics, such as forest health, forest management planning, and estate and succession planning.

Protect what you care about.

The Fire Program and the Citizen Fire Academy, Ties to the Land succession planning, and forest health offerings are all tailored to help you keep your property safe from wildfire or insect and disease outbreaks, and to build a legacy for future generations.