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Cost Share Programs for Family Forestland Owners
Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
OSU Extension Service 2600 East Street, Baker City
Jana Peterson, Field Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry, will provide an overview of the cost share programs that are available for family forestland owners in 2017, what they can be used for and how landowners can apply. Jana will highlight the “new” cost share model. In the past, many cost share programs had relatively small amounts of money available and focused on smaller parcels of land (150-300 acres), limiting their overall impact. Over the last 5 years however, agencies have shifted towards “landscape scale” projects that seek to treat significant portions of both private and public lands within a watershed, such as the East Face of the Elkhorns project. The advantage of this approach is that by leveraging the technical and financial resources and coordinating activities on adjacent public and private lands, conservation work by Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service will be more efficient and effective. Watersheds can now be better protected from and resilient to the negative impacts of the uncharacteristic, catastrophic type wildfires such as we’ve seen the last few years.
The Era of Megafires
Thursday, March 2 from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M.
Zabel Hall, Room 101
Eastern Oregon University
Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke.
The Wildfire Project is a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Washington), who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes.
Integrated Biomass Tour
Wednesday, March 15 from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.
at the Integrated Biomass facility in Wallowa, OR
Integrated Biomass (IBR), owned and operated by David and Jesse Schmidt, was launched 6 years ago and is located on the old DR Johnson sawmill site in the town of Wallowa. IBR’s business model is to take wood that is underutilized by the traditional logging industry and turn it into useful things like firewood, poles and clean energy. Their approach helps forest restoration projects by providing viable markets, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and decreasing waste, all while creating new jobs in a community faced with economic hardship due to closing timber mills. Their innovative business model is especially interesting because it may be a viable alternative for other communities like Baker County.
Excellence in Stewardship
Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 A.M. to 2 P.M.
OSU Extension Service, 2600 East Street, Baker City.
Family forestland owners are widely recognized for their outstanding land stewardship, and deservedly so. Their love of and commitment to the land often creates some of the finest examples of state-of-the-art land management. For example, in December the Defrees family from Sumpter was awarded the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award at the annual American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Conference in Washington D.C. This is the first time in the 70 year history of the ATFS that anyone from eastern Oregon has received this prestigious award, which speaks to the truly amazing work they have done on their land. And, it was just recently announced that the Heffernan family from North Powder was selected to receive the 2016 Private Landowner Wildlife Stewardship Award from the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society (OCWS) in recognition of their outstanding contributions!
The Excellence in Stewardship conference will highlight the Defrees and Heffernans amazing achievements and provide a format for participants to learn how to improve their stewardship through good land management and learn about the additional resources available through membership in private lands oriented organizations such as the ATFS, Oregon Small Woodlands Association and the OCWS. We’ll also introduce the new and innovative collaborative groups and cooperatives through which landowners are joining forces to treat more acres of land and expand their economic opportunities.
Private Forestland Collaboration in Eastern Oregon: A Peer Learning Workshop
May 2, 2017, time and location TBD. Stay tuned.
La Grande, OR
Landowners and partners involved in collaborative private forestland projects in eastern Oregon are invited to a one-day workshop.
Topics will include how landowners can work together on market access, restoration projects, and fuels reduction. We will learn from the efforts of the Ritter Land Management Team, East Face of the Elkhorns, and Blue Mountain Forest Cooperative.
Silviculture, Harvesting and Marketing Workshop
May 18, 2017, time and location TBD. Stay tuned.
Oberteuffer Research Forest, Union County.
OSU Extension Silviculture Specialist Steve Fitzgerald and Extension harvesting expert Steve Bowers will lead a one-day workshop on writing practical, goal-oriented forest management prescriptions and how to fall, buck and skid logs to maximize efficiency and profitability.