Upcoming Forestry & Natural Resource events in & around Benton, Linn, & Polk Counties

Twilight Tour to Linn County Seed Orchard

Come learn about the production of improved seed at the Roseburg Forest Products’ seed orchard. Geneticist Sara Lipow will give a layman’s overview of how tree improvement programs work and talk about the availability of genetically improved seed/seedlings to small landowners. Orchard manager Mike Albrecht and Sara will then walk us through orchard blocks of various ages where we will view and discuss the various treatments used to encourage trees to produce cones, view some cross pollinations being carried out and give a general overview of how seed orchards are managed.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time: 4:00-6:30 P.M.

Location: Near Lebanon, at the Roseburg Forest Products seed orchard

The address is 34937 Tennessee Road. However, beware of following your GPS. GPS maps seem misplace the orchard by about a half mile. See the website for stepwise directions.

To reach the Lebanon Seed Orchard from Corvallis:

•Follow Highway 34 east to Lebanon (this is exit 228 if you're coming from north or south on I-5).

•When you reach Lebanon, follow Highway 20 north out of town towards Albany for approximately 5 miles.

•Just after milepost 9, watch for Honey Sign Drive on your right (if you reach milepost 8, you've gone too far). There is a big red and white sign that says “HONEY”

•Take a right on Honey Sign Drive.

•Follow Honey Sign for approximately ½ mile. You will go through an “S” curve.

•At this point you will intersect Tennessee Road. One branch makes a hard left and the other branch goes straight ahead. Go Straight.

•You’ll continue for about 1 mile down a straight stretch of road.

Where the road makes a sharp right, you’ll turn left into our driveway. You’ll see the orchards before you actually get to the driveway.

Wildfire and Watersheds Water, Wildlife Habitat & Community Stewardship

Marys River Watershed Council SUMMER FORUM. Speakers include: Chris Bentley (Benton County), Kevin Bladon (OSU College of Forestry), Janean Creighton (Northwest Fire Science Consortium), Patrick MacMeekin (Oregon Department of Forestry) Juice and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Date: Thursday August 13, 2015

Location: Randy Kugler Community Hall, Philomath City Park

Time: 7-9pm

For more information 541-758-7597

Benton Chapter of OSWA Invites You to a Summer Picnic

Bring your friends, neighbors and family to a potluck picnic at the Oakes Family Shelter west of Bellfountain. There are hiking trails, a pond, play equipment for kids, as well as a beautiful setting and facilities for the picnic.

Date: August 15, 2015

Time: 11 am—2 pm

Bring: If you are able, a chair, a dish to share, and your appetite.

Provided: bottled water, plates and plastic flatware


From Corvallis take 99W south 13 miles to Dawson road. Turn right on Dawson. 2 miles west of Bellfountain turn right at a gated gravel road. The Oakes Family Shelter is about 1.5 miles up the road. Watch for signs.

Questions, contact Marsha Carr at 541-740-3268 or Roger Workman at 541-619-3586.

Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour & Potluck, Bateman Property

Linn County Tree Farmers of the Year, Dave and Karen Bateman, are hosting a tour of their property. All are welcome. The walking tour will feature thinning options and practices in a couple stands of different ages, a look at some invasive species, and a discussion of the production and marketing of essential oils of several conifer species with the Oregon Woodlands Cooperative.

The potluck will follow the tour and start around 6 PM. Bring a potluck item to share and your favorite lawn chair. Linn County will provide beverages and Dave and Karen will provide chicken, paper plates and plastic ware.

Date: Sunday, August 23.

Time: 4:00 to 7:30

Location: 42755 Fish Hatchery Drive, Scio

The property is a half mile up the hill from the end of the asphalt and on Fish Hatchery Drive, on the left at the top of the hill. Weyerhaeuser’s white gate comes into view when you go past their driveway. Tree Farm Yellow Tour Signs will be up starting near the Larwood Covered Bridge.

Cameron Demonstration Forest Tour

Save the Date.

Saturday, September 12

Come spend a morning exploring the Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forest (aka Cameron Tract) with Tammy Cushing, the Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry. We will walk the property, review its mission, identify the opportunities it provides, and discuss ways to build a robust educational program to serve family forest landowners in the mid-Valley and around the state.

Details to follow.

Let's Pull Together!

Let’s Pull Together is a state-wide invasive plant eradication event. Bring your friends, your family, or your group and join in to reduce the impacts of invasive plants!

Date: September 12, 2015

Time: 9 am - noon

Sign up to volunteer at one of six Let’s Pull Together locations.

  • Peavy Arboretum
  • Beazell Memorial Forest
  • Sunset Natural Area
  • Bald Hill Farm
  • Pioneer Park
  • Takena Landing

Pulling weeds is incredibly satisfying! Please share this invitation with your friends so they can get that feeling of satisfaction too!

For more information contact Heath

Scandinavia Forestry Tour


May 27 – June 14, 2016

Reservation Deadline: October 1, 2015 

The Oregon Woodland Cooperative (OWC), Washington Co. Small Woodlands Association (WCSWA) and Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension (FNR Extension) have organized a tour to Scandinavia especially for small woodland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. We will meet private woodland owners and tour their tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, and visit forestry companies, sawmills, equipment manufacturers, and forestry museums. In addition, tour participants will see and experience outstanding natural beauty in the farms, forests, mountains and fjords of Sweden and Norway, and enjoy the cultural highlights of the towns and cities along the way. Includes special group-rate international airfare. Travel will be by private motor coach and accommodation in first-class hotels. For details, see tour website

Deadline for tour reservations is Oct. 1, 2015. Advance reservations are required. The tour is limited to a maximum of 42 participants. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

2015 Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Greg & Barbara Vollmer Alsea Tree Farm

Date : October 3, 2015 

Join us on the morning of Saturday, October 3, 2015, to tour Greg and Barbara Vollmer’s Alsea Tree Farm. Greg and Barbara purchased this 21 acre property in 1982 and have tackled numerous projects to meet several objectives by establishing Douglas-fir on former pasture areas, improving roads, installing culverts, harvesting older stands, reforesting harvested areas and thinning younger stands. Though this is not a large property, it is diverse. Greg and Barbara are pleased to share their work and seek your opinions regarding future activities.

Watch for additional information in OSU Extension newsletters in August and September.

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