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Western Regional Extension Forestry

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, August 8, 2016 12:00 PM - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 PM

This year’s Western Regional Extension Forestry (WCC 1003) meeting will take place August 8-10 in Park City, Utah. It will be hosted by Utah State University Extension Forestry. Please put these dates on your calendar’s and plan on joining us.

Time pressures and distance make collaboration and coordination between extension foresters from different states challenging. The objective of this meeting is to bring together extension professionals in forestry and related disciplines from the western region and offer a comfortable, low pressure venue for sharing program ideas and potential directions for future collaboration. We hope that our time together will lead to:

·           The formation of new programming ideas or ways to improve on existing programs.

·           Identification of ways to overcome barriers (real or potential) for getting ideas off the ground.

·           New partnerships between states where information and ideas are freely shared and used.

Much of this meeting will consist of short presentations (given by you!) of ideas you have for cooperative projects, followed by short, informal meetings to discuss the projects that generate the most interest. Our objective is to get some interstate projects going from this sharing. We expect that many of you have ‘back burner’ ideas that are slowly smoldering away…this will be your chance to share them. And even if you don’t have specific programming ideas in mind, you may be interested in colleagues’ ideas and this meeting could spark new collaborations. Below are two articles about the strategic planning techniques used by Oregon State University Extension Forestry. We are using their ideas as a rough guide for the sharing process we will use for this meeting.

Linking Strategic Thinking and Project Planning: The Oregon State University Extension Forestry Experience

https://www.crops.org/files/publications/jnrlse/pdfs/jnr021/021-01-0064.pdf

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 8

Afternoon: WCC Board Meeting (WCC state representatives only)

Evening: Welcome reception (everyone)

Tuesday, August 9

AM: Presentations regarding potential project collaborations among participants. Back burner ideas become front burner ideas!

PM: Presentation from Joint Fire Science Network about recent programming successes and what’s working on the ground. Time will be set aside for strategizing ways to bring relevant, fire-related programming to your state.

Wednesday, August 10

AM: Collaboration and strategic planning (informal) session among peers

PM: Field tour: locations to be determined; will likely include stops at a local sawmill and/or a cross laminated timber manufacturer (see recent feature story from Utah Forest News) and stops in the nearby mountains to see ongoing and past forestry activities. 

Columbia County Small Woodlands Association/OSU Extension Service

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Situated along the Nehalem River between Mist and Birkenfeld, the 155-acre Cedar Row Farm was purchased by CCSWA member Eve Lonnquist’s grandmother in 1916.  Eve is currently the primary farm manager and will be hosting and leading this summer’s tour.

Coffee and donuts will be ready at 8:00 am.  At 9:00 the tour will begin with an introduction to the farm and a firewood bundling demo. Cedar Row Farm sells bundled firewood through the Oregon Woodland Cooperative (OWC). Eve will demonstrate how wood from the farm is cut and bundled to OWC’s standards, and then sold directly to Portland area supermarkets.

Attendees will see a variety of management activities on the farm. There are several small alder plantations of various ages in areas that were afflicted by root rot. Successes and not-so-successes with alder will be discussed.  We will also see a recent thinning and the logger will be on hand to discuss the job and demonstrate the equipment he used (a modified excavator). Finally, we will see some 15-year-old tree plantings along the river that were financed through cost-share assistance, and see what the beavers have been up to down there.

A BBQ ribs lunch with all the sides catered by Sunshine Pizza is included. Vegetarian options too. Lunch is provided to all attendees courtesy of CCSWA. Non-CCSWA members, please consider a cash donation to cover your lunch cost.

Remember, family is invited. Please include the number in your party when you RSVP to Mark Dreyer at 503-369-9592 or mdreyer51@msn.com by July 17th RSVP is needed for an accurate food order, please!  

Directions (look for yellow “Tree Tour” signs en route):

Address: 11875 Lonnquist Rd, Birkenfeld, OR 97016

From the junction of Hwy 47 and Hwy 202 in Mist: Follow Hwy 202 north for 4.3 miles. Turn right on Fishhawk Rd. Cross the Nehalem River and take the first right onto Lonnquist Rd. Follow the instructions for parking.

 

Using native seeds for land stewardship

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to use native plant seeds that are ecologically appropriate for our region as a key component for a successful habitat restoration project. Native plants can be used in pollinator gardens, rock gardens, butterfly gardens, native plant landscaping and more. We will focus on methods for seed harvesting, drying, cleaning, etc.

Suzie Savoie along with her husband, Luke, own Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds, which specializes in bioregional, localized genetic seed stock for native plantings and habitat restoration in southern Oregon.  Suzie lives off-grid at the foot of the Siskiyou Crest.  She is an avid hiker, botany enthusiast and conservationist.

Please register!

Small-Scale Tractor Logging Demo

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Demonstration and discussion of small-scale tractor logging by Dave Hibbs and John Westall. They have developed a class for the Clackamas Tree School and have offered to share it with those who were unable to attend. Demonstration includes using a farm tractor with a Farmi winch to harvest and yard logs, and the pros and cons of using synthetic rope instead of the traditional steel cables.

Van pool time: 5:15 pm van leaves Corvallis, from the former Albertson’s parking lot Kings Blvd. and Circle Blvd.

RSVP required as space is limited!

Marys Peak Stewardship Group

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

See restoration activities at Old Peak Meadow done by the City of Corvallis with stewardship funding and learn about the positive results for wildlife populations. Visit Pioneer Butte Meadow where habitat restoration work is planned by the U.S. Forest Service.


Guides will be: Jennifer Ward, City of Corvallis, Ken McCall, Oregon Hunters Association, Dave Veseley, Oregon Wildlife Institute, Matt Schultz, Institute for Applied Ecology, Mark Miller, Trout Mountain Forestry, Marty Stein & Brenda Barton, Siuslaw National Forest

Location: meet OR Department of Forestry on Hwy 34 west of Philomath

Bring: Sack dinner, water
For more information and to RSVP, contact: Jane Barth, Marys Peak Stewardship Group jbbarth@comcast.net

Summer Picnic and Tour, Benton Chapter Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc.

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:00 PM

Come and enjoy a potluck picnic with fellow small woodland owners and friends at Fort Hoskins Park, in the Kings Valley area. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided.

Tour following the picnic is a short drive up the road to the Schmidt Family Forest, Hoskins property.

Directions: From Corvallis take Hwy 20 west to the Kings Valley Hwy 223. Turn right on Hwy 223 and go about 5 miles. Turn left on Hoskins road. The entrance to the park is on the right about a mile from Hwy 223

Summer Picnic Potluck/Linn Chapter OR Small Woodlands Assoc.

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Linn County Chapter of the Small Woodlands Association is hosting this get together at Henry Wolthius’s property. Save the date and watch for more details.

Your Legacy, Your Land

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our monthly Your Legacy, Your Land Webinars.  We are partnering with OSU and their Ties to the Land program to connect you with experts as you work through your plans.  On the fourth Thursday of every month at 11 pm (PST), we will discuss a different topic associated with your legacy plan, from setting goals to communicating with your family to understanding the different estate planning tools.   Register for each webinar: http://mylandplan.org/content/your-legacy-your-land-monthly-webinar-series

Misletoes

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016 (all day event)

Join us July 17th-22nd, 2016 at Southern Oregon University in beautiful Ashland, Oregon (USA). The five-day event will include plenary sessions on a variety of topics related to Mistletoe: Wildlife & Ecology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Host/Parasite Interactions, and Recent Taxonomic Changes. The meeting will also include two field tours and great networking opportunities with your international colleagues.

For more information, http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mistletoe/

Submit abstracts by March 15th, 2016. Registration opens April 1st.

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 9, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

This is your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland. Volunteers help with all the essential seasonal tasks of managing a working Demonstration Forest. Learning by doing – it’s the Hopkins way we manage our forest.

July 9: Re-stain buildings. Mow grass and control brush on roads and trails. Develop the forestry event field down by the Cedar Shelter.

Registration is requested. A delicious hot lunch will be provided. Please call Jean at 503-655-8631503-655-8631 or jean. bremer@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu 

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H3 interpretive hikes

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:00 PM

The first H3 interpretive hike of 2016 will take place on Saturday, June 11, from 9am to 12pm at Cooper Mountain Nature Park.

 

H3 (Health, Habitat, & Hiking) trips are led by Oregon Master Naturalists and take place in a different metro region park or natural area on the second Saturday of each month, June through November. H3 is a partnership between the Oregon Master Naturalist Metro Chapter, OSU Extension’s 4-H program in Washington and Multnomah counties, and Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Department (THPRD). The target audience is 4-H kids and their families, but anyone in the community interested in learning more about flora and fauna in our parks and natural areas is welcome. Master Naturalists Donna Acord and Wendy Doerner will lead the hike on June 11th. They have entitled their hike: From Firs to Oak Savannah- Reclaiming the Willamette Valley’s past for a healthy future at Cooper Mountain.

 

Registration is required to attend. Please follow this link to register. You can also contact me for more information (see signature for contact information). I encourage you to bring school-age kids or grandkids along, especially if they are involved in 4-H at school!

Forest Steward Guild

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - Friday, July 15, 2016 (all day event)

Save the date!

Join Dr. Curt Meine, Dr. Nancy Langston, and forest and conservation professionals from throughout the U.S. for three special days as we cross the boundaries of discipline and landscape to conserve resilient forests.

Forest Products Society

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (all day event)
For more information, http://ow.ly/UZBSL

ANREP-NACDEP Conference

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (all day event)

Join us for this premier opportunity to share your work with a broad range of natural resources and community development Extension professionals, learn about new and best-of techniques and programs, expand your network, and enjoy visiting the great State of Vermont.

Call for Presentations will be issued in fall 2015. More information at www.nacdep.net and www.anrep.org.

Umatilla County Fair Clean-Up Day

4-H Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
All Umatilla County 4-H and FFA exhibitors are asked to come help clean and set-up for the Umatilla County Fair.

Portland | Small Bites Happy Hour featuring Dr. Sam Logan

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Dr. Sam Logan, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Adapted Physical Activity, will discuss the benefits of mobility and social interaction on childhood development. Dr. Logan directs the Go Baby Go! program which provides modified ride-on cars to children with limited mobility.

Come enjoy a pint with us and network with fellow Beavers!

Monday, August 8
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Widmer Brothers Brewery
929 N Russell Street
Portland, OR  97227

Appetizers and beer are provided. This event is free, but registration is requested by July 31.

Details and Registration

The OSU Alumni Association and College of Public Health and Human Sciences bring you "Small Bites” a series of presentations on the latest health research in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and network with fellow Beavers.

Compost Trouble Shooting

Small Farms Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Instructor:  Chris Hjerrild, Master Gardener

Already have a compost system, but still have questions or need help?  Get your questions answered in this fun class

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NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Friday, July 29, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

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Aurora Crop Up (TM) Dinner & Market Showcase

Small Farms Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Dine on delicious dishes built around Oregon’s Specialty Crops grown in the local regions surrounding each dinner site. Specialty Market Showcases will be happening before dinner at each site providing opportunity learn more about the Specialty Crops.

 

Crop-UpTM Dinner Tickets cost $20 per person and include access to the market showcase and dinner.

 

Click here to purchase tickets

 

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PASTURE MANAGEMENT

Small Farms Events - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, July 18, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
In this brief course we will introduce the concepts of pasture management and show how you can use pasture management to increase animal health, improve profitability and also improve the health of your soil and forage resource base.
We’ll discuss how plants grow, how animals graze and what you can do to help your pasture plants thrive. Email your questions to the instructor in advance and they will be covered during the class. Start planning now for the 2016 grazing year! Have questions about pasture management? Send questions for the class to instructor, Angie Boudro
REGISTER ON LINE https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1023
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