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

2015 Starker Lecture Series “Douglas-Fir: the legacy and future of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic tree ” 

The field trip will explore the changing role of Douglas-fir in culture, processing and design with visits to local managed forests, a wood products research and testing lab, a commercial processing facility, and a building illustrating architectural uses of this exceptionally strong, versatile, and attractive wood.

107 Richardson Hall, OSU (unless otherwise noted).  Free, registration required by May 6th or until filled.

May 14, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Capstone Field Trip in Benton County area. 

Pond Tour

Come have a conversation with landowners Dave and Sarah Ehlers about the process and challenges of pond development on their Kings Valley property. The tour will feature three large ponds developed for fish and wildlife, as well as a water source for the local fire district.

The discussion will include what it took to develop these ponds, from permits to construction, and the maintenance required to keep them functioning well. This will be a great opportunity to have a lively conversation with folks who have hands-on pond experience.The workshop is sponsored by the Benton County Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension

Date: May 9, 2015

Time: 8:30 to 12:00 noon 

Location: Tour will meet and carpool from the Benton County OSU Extension office, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Please RSVP with number attending to Jody (jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu) or call 541-766-6750. Please provide a phone number for follow-up.

Swiss Needle Cast Tour

The Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative (SNCC)will be holding its spring field trip in Linn County this year, and will include stops on small woodland owner properties to see how the disease is behaving on low elevation Cascade foothill sites. Local woodland owners will be welcome to attend all or some of the tour. Watch this site for details. See recent article a about SNCC 

Hold the Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - watch for further details coming soon

Time: all day (with a partial day option)

Location: Sweet Home area woodland properties

Pond Workshop: Look Before You Dig.

Ponds can be a highly attractive and functional part of your woodland property. But as often the case with many woodland management objectives, there’s more to ponds than just a hole in the ground. OSU Extension agent Steve Bowers will present a workshop with important information on permits, planning, location and design, construction, maintenance, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. This session will assist you in determining whether building a pond is possible and if so, what it takes to enjoy the benefits of having a pond on your property.

Date: May 13th

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: LBCC Lebanon Campus

Oregon Small Woodlands Association Annual Meeting & Oregon Forest Fair

Join OSWA for our 2015 Annual Meeting & Oregon Forest fair sponsored by Marion-Polk County Chapter and Oregon Tree Farms System. See OSWA website for details.

Thursday, June 18th will be our Day at the Capitol and OSWA Board Meeting.

Friday, June 19th will be the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year woods tour, Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Banquet and Silent Auction.

Saturday, June 20th will be the Oregon Forest Fair at Chemeketa Community College – this is a free event to the public!

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