In 1999, Cliff and Gay Hall bought a sheep farm in Kings Valley in northwestern Benton County with the hope of not only restoring the 1898 farm house, but also to manage the 80 acres with the goal of enhancing wildlife populations and diversity while preserving the pastoral beauty of the property. With the help of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, and a strong dose of enthusiasm on their part, the Halls are beginning to see the results of their efforts. Last summer, the ODFW sculpted the landscape to create and enhance three wetland areas.
Through financial assistance from the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and with the help of friends and neighbors, Cliff planted 8,000 trees in the degraded riparian areas along the east side of the Luckiamute River and on both sides of Maxfield Creek.
In addition to the riparian areas, Oregon white oak trees have been planted to expand an oak savannah area on the property. Cliff has developed a conservation farm plan with help from the Benton SWCD to address other resource management objectives.