Wonser Woods, LLC is a 622-acre tree farm established in 1990 by Mark & Jean Wonser. In 2014 Wonser Woods Estate, LLC was established in order to promote the use of our farm as a wedding and event venue while also offering room and board.
Our ground covers from 500 to 1000 feet of elevation and is tucked neatly into the foothills of the Cascade mountain range. Several miles of Clear Creek and two of its tributaries run through the property. It is a major tributary of the Clackamas River and breeding ground to trout, steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon. We have excellent views of Mt. Hood, Goat Mountain and the Willamette Valley while Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams are also nearby and visible from remote portions of our property.
The activities of our farming operation include growing Christmas trees, wheat, oats and vegetables. We also use various cover crops for soil enhancement when the need arises. We log our timber for the production of lumber, poles and firewood always exceeding Oregon’s stringent logging practices guidelines.
Wonser Woods Estate, LLC was established to allow us to share our property with neighbors and friends interested in weddings, family gatherings, large parties, business and corporate meetings and retreats. The estate is a mile from our nearest neighbor and the only sounds we are able to hear are those of nature and an occasional farm vehicle. We do most of our farm work ourselves and from time to time our guests may see us buzzing around the property on a tractor, ATV, bulldozer, dump truck or they may see helicopters we have hired to assist us with our Christmas tree harvest.
Douglas fir is the predominant native species in our area and this is what constitutes over 500 acres of our timber ground. In addition to Doug fir we plant Western Red Cedar in the shady and wet areas that require reforestation, adding a few Giant Sequoias to dot the landscape. Most of the logging we are now doing is thinning already established stands. We work our way around the farm thinning a small patch each year in order to provide continuous income. We have named the rooms at the inn of our estate after the native trees that grow on our ground.
Mark grew up in the Gateway district of Portland, OR and married Jean in 1983. They raised 4 children. After studying finance at the University of Oregon, Mark, moved to Chicago in 1978 to work on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He managed all trading floor activities in the interest rate sector of the market for E.F. Hutton from 1978-83. He was especially proficient at trading Eurodollar & Treasury Bill futures, and because of this he left E.F. Hutton to purchase his own "seat" on the trading floor, and become and independent trader. His success as a trader allowed him to "move home" and purchase the farm in 1990. While working the farm, Mark returned to school at Mt. Angel Seminary in 1995 and graduated at the top of his class with a Masters Degree in Theology in 1997. Mark has written an autobiography: My Eye. A Vision of Christ. The Gnostic Christian Autobiography of Mark Wonser. More About Mark
Jean was born in Bloomington, MN but spent most of her youth in Decatur, IL. She graduated from Eastern Illinois with a degree in Home Economics specializing in Fashion Merchandising. She was working as an assistant buyer for women’s dresses in downtown Chicago when she met Mark at a Catholic singles retreat in 1982. She felt blessed to have had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom raising our 4 children and opening up our home to several international exchange students. She loves kayaking, bible study, traveling near and far and considers Oregon her home. She is part of the management team at Wonser Woods Estate.
The rest of the Wonser’s
David, born in 1986, is our oldest son and he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Environmental Science. He married Martini Morris in 2013, and along with Martini has become the primary operator of the farm. They have established Rain & Grain, LLC as their own operating entity. They tremendously love the outdoors and are avid skiers, climbers and hikers. They are excellent stewards of the land.
Stephanie, born 1988, also graduated from the University of Oregon (yes, we are a family of Ducks!). She has a foreign language degree (Spanish) and a degree in international studies. She is the head of the media team at Transperfect, a language translation company and currently resides in Sacramento, CA. She also loves the outdoors and spending time on the farm.
Steven, born in 1991, graduated in 2014 from Western University in Monmouth, OR with a degree in History. He is now working for Microsoft as a video game tester and absolutely loves his job. His interests include reading, video games and playing games in general.
Kevin was born in 1993 and died tragically on the farm in 2008. He thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of sports. He was a star at school in whatever he applied himself to. He was the best friend of many. He loved fishing and camping and spending time with his dad in the woods. His death was the catalyst for Mark’s book.