Spencer Butte Neighborhood Association
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About the Spencer Butte Neighborhood AssociationSpencer Butte Neighborhood Association (SBNA) is an organization of approximately 270 households in the area around Spencer Butte -  homes on and accessed by Willamette and Fox Hollow, roughly from the Eugene city limits to McBeth.  The group was formed in 1953, primarily as a social organization.  While maintaining social functions, SBNA’s focus has expanded to include community education and awareness as it strives to keep neighbors connected and informed about local issues and concerns.  This then also promotes safety and security throughout the neighborhood.


Join Your Local Neighborhood Group:  Eight local sub-groups provide Neighborhood Watch and are helping the area prepare for disasters such as forest fires, ice storms, major snow storms, and earthquake.  Good way for SBNA members to meet your neighbors.  To participate in local groups:   

  • If are a member of SBNA, but are not a member of this website, request access using the tab on this page.
  • Log in as a member of this website.
  • Find your team leader contact info:  Select the Documents tab, Local Neighborhood Groups folder, Group Leaders List.  

Join the SBNA Facebook Group:   www.facebook.com/groups/sbna.net

Enter or edit your phone numbers, address & access permissions for this website:   Click here for instructions

Register your cell phone to receive Lane County emergency alerts:    http://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1087




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It's time to start preparing for next summer's wildfire season.  ODF can help us with knowledge and a crew!  Please come hear Alex Rahmlow, Fire Planning Coordinator, Western Lane District, ODF present:

Lessons Learned From the 2018 CA Wildfires & The Firewise Program 

Saturday Jan 5th, 2019  …  1:00 - 3:00 ... At the home of Kerry Silvey & Lee White  (directions below) 

Alex will share what Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has learned from the Paradise and other recent wildfires.  There is much we can do to steer fires away from our homes as well as reducing their intensity.  The approach to wildfire resistance has changed in recent years to include more about maintaining canopy and fire resistant plants.

Fire risk reduction is a neighborhood problem with solutions progressing over years.  ODF offers the Firewise program to help groups of neighbors create and carry out a plan to reduce fire risk for our local neighborhoods.  The plan could include clearing ladder fuels, cleaning up along egress routes, etc. - whatever the group feels is important.  For Firewise groups that are established before the end of January, ODF (with money from last year's grant) can provide their crew and chipper for up to one week.


Learn how fires and forests are changing, what we can do to prepare, and how, with our neighbors, we can develop a plan and make our properties more able to survive a wildfire.  Of perhaps even more help will be establishing a working relationship with Alex and ODF.  This is a wonderful opportunity.   Alex is a delightful person and should be a captivating speaker.  You may submit questions before the presentation and I will send them to Alex.  Email questions for Alex or about the presentation to SBNA@sarahmacarthur.com    

For additional information on Firewise and two other fire reduction programs click here or email SBNA@sarahmacarthur.com

DIRECTIONS to Kerry & Lee's home … 855711 S Willamette  ...  Ignore Google when it says to turn on to Pruett Road. Our driveway is on S Willamette. It's on the east side of the street, the first driveway north of Pruett Road. Coming from the north, there are two reflective orange triangles on a tree on the right side of the driveway.


Other Fire Risk Reduction Links:  FireWise,  Know Your ForestCommunity Wildfire Protection PlanOregon Ready, Set, GoFire Adapted CommunitiesNorthwest Fire Science Consortium        


Join with your neighbors to Become a Firewise Community.  Oregon Department of Forestry will work with five to ten adjoining property owners to develop a plan to make your neighborhood more fire resistant.  More info






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Lessons Learned From the 2018 CA Wildfires & The Firewise Program

Saturday Jan 5th, 2019  

See description above.

Coordinate with Neighbors

SBNA created nine local subgroups to foster communication among neighbors and thus enhance security.  Knowing our neighbors makes it more likely that we will contact each other if see something odd.  Each local group shares contact information among its participating households.  Local groups also address issues such as reducing risk to our homes if there is a forest fire, and preparing now in case of earthquakes, ice storms, and other possible disasters in the future.  Contact your group leader (instructions above) to participate and be included in your local email list.

Opportunity to Learn Rescue Techniques


CERT provides training “in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help.”  For more information and to enroll in a class:  

https://eugeneorcert.samariteam.com/  or https://www.facebook.com/EugeneSpringfieldCERT/ 

Become a HAM Radio Operator

A major earthquake would topple cell towers and damage land lines.  Emergency communication will be performed by licensed ham radio operators.   Training for the Entry-level (Technician) license is at http://www.emerald-ars.us/
(Their website has some good earthquake links too.)

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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 5801
Eugene, OR  97405

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