Welcome to the Forestry & Natural Resources Program, serving Benton, Linn, & Polk Counties

Education for Better Woodlands Management

Forests and the natural resources associated with them are an important part the landscape, heritage and lifestyle of Benton, Linn and Polk Counties.   We help woodland owners and managers take care of their property by providing objective, research-based information and resources they need to make well-informed decisions about how to care for their property.   We do this through classes, tours, newsletters, Extension Publications, and online resources on many aspects of woodland natural resource management relevant to the mid-Willamette Valley, the adjacent foothills and mountains.  

We bring extensive state and national expertise to the local community through our affiliation with the OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program and the OSU College of Forestry.  We also collaborate with many groups that have a shared interest in our region’s forests, including state and Federal agencies, conservation districts, land trusts and watershed councils to provide a wide array of programs for teachers and youth, farmers, Christmas tree growers and many others to meet the communities’ broader interests. 

Use the navigation side bars on the right or click here to find out about: upcoming events, read and subcribe to the Woodland Compass Newsletter, find information to help you take care of your woods, or read about some of the programs we offer.  Read the Tree Topics Blog for woodland owners and managers in the Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon, and subscribe to Tree Topics by email or get it delivered to your mobile device.

Current Forest Issues:

Young Stand Management                              Effects of Drought Continuedrought stress

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Who We Are:

Brad Withrow-Robinson

Brad Withrow-Robinson is the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent for Benton, Linn and Polk Counties. Brad has 15 years of experience with OSU Extension. Email Brad or call (541) 766-3554


Jody Einerson is the Forestry & Natural Resource Educational Program Assistant for Benton, Linn, and Polk Counties.  Jody has 10 years of experience with OSU Extension and also provides support to Natural Resource youth education, and the Oregon Season Tracker program. Email Jody or call (541) 766-6311


Upcoming Events

Apr. 25, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
This five session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care …
Apr. 26, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
This five session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care …
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