We will visit two properties at this Field Day on September 12 – Plantation Tree Farm and Timber Dell Ranch, both near Santa Rosa, CA.
Plantation Tree Farm
The property was purchased in 1952 by Abe and Eve Crittenden. The property was the location for their summer camp for children to learn outdoor skills: riding horses, swimming, canoeing, build fires and other skills that they would need to survive and thrive as adults. The forest is still used to this day as the site for 200 plus campers each summer.
Timber Dell Ranch
Timber Dell Ranch is a family-owned 160 acre forest. The Forest was purchased by the Ed Cockrum Family in 1938. It has been in the family ever since. No harvesting has occurred on the ranch since the original old growth was logged, however, the landowners have become recently involved in fuel management to protect their forest.
October 17 • Cedar Woods Tree Farm (Nevada County)
Story captured by Denise Levine
On August 29, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported: “Fire forces evacuation of Trinity County town. Hundreds flee “totally chaotic scene in historic Weaverville.” The report went on to say the blaze, called the Oregon Fire, had quickly consumed 1,600 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 299. Smoke could be seen 24 miles away in Hayfork.
“It’s crazy out there,” said a CDF spokesman. “There are two heads on the fire, so it’s moving in two different directions. It’s ugly.”
But Carolyn and David Beans knew that. They lived on Oregon Mountain, just outside of Weaverville on the way to Eureka, California where the Oregon Fire was heading toward the 80 acres of Doug fir, sugar pine and incense cedar they owned.
David and Carolyn bought their first piece of land on Oregon Mountain in 1978. There was no electricity to the property, but there was a barn, a water tank and a propane generator in a shed.