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Spencer Butte Neighborhood Association  

Spencer Butte Neighborhood Association (SBNA) is an organization of approximately 270 households in the area around Spencer Butte.  Members live on Willamette, Fox Hollow, or roads accessed by them, roughly from the Eugene city limits to McBeth.  Formed as a social organization in 1953, it has expanded to offer community education and awareness to keep neighbors connected and informed about local issues and concerns.  This then also promotes safety and security throughout the neighborhood.  Request for $10 dues is included in the annual newsletter to cover park maintenance, speakers, mailings, etc.  Mailing address for dues or other is SBNA, PO Box 5801, Eugene OR 97405.


This SBNA Website provides information to the SBNA community regarding events, learning opportunities, SBNA activities, etc. Some documents on this site are available to the public but some are available only to members.  Members of the website also receive occasional email messages about events, lost pets, etc. If you live in the SBNA area as described above, click the Request Access link at the bottom of this page to send message request including your name and address.   If you are already a member and wish to change your address or permissions, select the My Info tab or read instructions


Join Your Local Neighborhood Group:  Nine local sub-groups of SBNA provide Neighborhood Watch and are now also addressing Wildfire Risk Reduction.  To participate in your local group, contact your local group leader.  For contact information for group leaders, log in to this site as a member and click to view  Map of SBNA showing local groups   or   Contact info for Local Group Leaders.  (Not a member of this website?  See above description.)

Participate in Discussions:  The SBNA Facebook Groupwww.facebook.com/groups/sbna.net is open only to SBNA residents.  Postings include neighborhood discussions, road conditions, opportunities for CERT and other training, etc.  To join the group, send a request from the facebook page and include your address.  Nextdoor.com also has a Spencer Butte area group and provides information and discussion opportunities beyond the SBNA area. They determine your group based on address and verify with neighbors.  There is a digest option to minimize the number of emails.

Fire Risk Reduction    

Lessons Learned From the 2018 CA Wildfires & The Firewise Program  - ODF presentation Jan 5, 2019 - watch VIDEO .     The presenters were:  Alex Rahmlow, Fire Planning Coordinator - Western Lane District, Oregon Dept of Forestry, Alex.J.Rahmlow@oregon.gov  and Lauren Grand, Extension Agent  - Forestry & Natural Resources, Oregon State University, Lane County Extension  Lauren.Grand@oregonstate.edu .  Alex shared what Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has learned from last summer's California and other 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, fire resistant plants, and preservation of wildlife habitat. 


Fire Risk Reduction:  The goals is to reduce fuel and create a defensible space, a "Fire Permeable Landscape" where a low intensity surface fire can be within 50 feet of a home without threatening the structure.  The area up to 30 feet from the house/deck perimeter ideally mimics having had a surface fire with "nothing left to burn".  This means taking out diseased, suppressed and/or crowded trees, pruning low conifer branches, thinning continuous understory vegetation, removing fire-prone (often invasive) species, and creating good vertical separation between surface fuels and canopy fuels.  


Wildlife Habitat:  As we pursue a neighborhood that is more safe from wildfire, it is important to remember why we live out here and do our best to preserve habitat for wildlife (and for us).  For more information, see Chapter 8 in The OSU Extension publication Reducing Fire Risk on Your Forest Property
Per Lauren Grand, OSU Extension Agent: As a landowner it is up to you to decide which resource you want to manage for and where. It’s all about tradeoffs and identifying what level of risk you are willing to accept for each of your management objectives.  We never recommend bare ground or removal of all vegetation.  You’ll want to manage your vegetation in a way that creates discontinuity for the fire to move quickly from one area to another. Favor food and shelter vegetation that is also low growing and high in moisture content within the 100 ft area around your home.  The following resources are also available:

Wildlife-Friendly Fuels Reduction in Dry Forests of the Pacific Northwest (The ecology mentioned in this paper is focused on the forests east of the cascade mountains, but the wildlife habitat recommendations are consistent here.) 
Westside Douglas-Fir Forests and Wildlife
Family Forests and Wildlife: What you Need to Know


What You Can Do:  Local neighborhood groups are working with ODF to create local Firewise groups where neighbors create and carry out a plan to reduce fire risk for their local area.  The plan could include clearing ladder fuels, cleaning up along egress routes, etc. - whatever the group feels is important.  One umbrella Firewise group will address SBNA-neighborhood-wide wildfire risk issues such as egress routes and working with public lands.  Firewise participation also helps ODF build a case for including our area when they apply for next year's ODF grants.  

Become part of SBNA Firewise - Contact your local group leader (instructions above).  

Additional Firewise Information
From Alex Rahmlow  (click links below or select Documents tab and open the Fire Resistance folder):Public Fire Restrictions    Firewise signup     Example of a Firewise Community Action Plan     Evaluation of Defensible Space Around Home

Firewise USA (ODF is our liaison):    Becoming a Nationally Recognized Firewise USA Site     Examples of Group Activities

Firewise and two other fire reduction programs- click here  and  More info on Firewise


Other Fire Risk Reduction Links:  FireWise,  Know Your ForestCommunity Wildfire Protection PlanOregon Ready, Set, GoFire Adapted CommunitiesNorthwest Fire Science Consortium       Lane County Fire Deiveway Standards: page 1page 2  

From Lauren Grand, OSU Extension Service. (Right click these links to open in new tab.)  Booklet: Keeping Your Home and Property Safe from Wildfire:  A Defensible Space and Fuel Reduction Guide for Homeowners and Landowners.  Video: How to Make Your Home and Property Fire Safe


Benefits of Fire:  To keep things in perspective, Cal Fire's The Benefits of Fire.   


Legal IssuesOregon's Defensible Space Law ... requires property owners to reduce excess vegetation, which may fuel a fire, around homes and other structures. 



Assess Your Home and Property Fire Risk 

Structural Risk Assessment:  This is a checklist that gives you an idea how well protected and defensible against fire your house is. It is part of an effort by the Rural Fire Board to give people the tools to keep their homes safe from fires.  Click here.


Property Risk Assessment:  Oregon Dept of Forestry shows you how to assess and improve the area surrounding your home as a fire-defensible space.  Evaluation of Defensible Space Around Home


Driveway Requirements:  Part 1Part 2




Events and Opportunities 





Sunday July 14, 4:00 to dusk - SBNA Annual Picnic - Lois Barton Park  

Friday August 14, 6:30pm - Wine Tasting  

Wednesday October 14 - Annual Meeting.  Speaker to be announced.

Additional event information in your 2020 SBNA Newsletter which members received in the US mail.   

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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