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

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.

Noxious Weeds of Oregon's West Side Forests & Outlook of Future Invasions of Exotic Forest Pests

Wyatt Williams, PhD Invasive Species Specialist Oregon Department of Forestry will be the speaker. 

Date: November 4, 2015

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: LBCC campus in Lebanon, 44 Industrial Way 

Free and open to the public

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