Scott Creek & Clara's Place
The Bateman's family roots run deep in Oregon. The great-grandfather of fourth generation Oregonian Dave Bateman homesteaded in the Gales Creek drainage, west of Portland. His grandfather bought the adjoining homestead, married the girl next door and raised nine children on the property. They survived the Depression owning and operating a grocery, drying prunes and selling firewood from the tree farm.
The Log Cabin Inn, just beyond Bateman Creek, sits on part of his great-grandfather's homestead. Both properties proudly display the Century Farm sign and are owned by Batemans.
Today, the second generation graduate of the School of Forestry at Oregon State University owns and manages forest properties in Linn County. Scott Creek was acquired in 1977 by Dave, his wife Karen and another couple. Located in the foothills of the Cascades and at the forks of the Santiam River, the 165 acres was partitioned in the 1980s, with his partner residing in the existing house. Revenue from the timber thinned from the property helped the Batemans send their daughters to college.
The Batemans currently reside at Clara's Place, 41 acres near the Roaring River Fish Hatchery purchased in 2002. An additional five acres was bought from Weyerhaeuser, moving the north boundary to the centerline of the Roaring River. The couple does most of the tree farm work themselves, including planting, weeding the seedlings, weed control, pruning and commercial thinning.
The Bateman family's philosophy is simple. Grow high quality timber and leave the property in better condition than when they acquired it.