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

McCool Mill Works Tour

The McCool Mill Works refinishes old timbers for commercial use and could potentially use raw material from our tree farms. The tour is hosted by Linn County chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc.

Date: Saturday October 1, 2016

Time: 10:30 am

Location: 1744 Main St, Sweet Home,

Directions: They are located next to Safeway on the north side of Main St.

Emergency Forest Restoration Funds Available for the 2015 Drought Damage 

Signup for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) will be held from October 3 through November 30, 2016. This signup period is applicable to the damage to timber due to the severe drought that occurred during the summer of 2015. 

EFRP was established to assist Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) Landowners to rehabilitate timber ground damaged by natural disasters. It covers:

• Removing debris from timberland, removal of dead trees

• Replanting timber

• Road development located on NIPF that are deemed necessary

 If you believe you may be eligible for EFRP assistance and are located in Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn Counties please contact your local FSA office. 

Linn-Benton-Lincoln County – Heather at 541-967-5925 ext 107

Lane County – Jean at 541-465-6443 ext 101

Pole Harvest Tour

Tour an active pole harvest site and learn about specific requirements for timber to be sold for use as power poles. The discussion will include when to take poles out of a stand, tree form, roads, site requirements, and economics of such a harvest.

Ken Nygren, Certified Forester of White Oak Natural Resource Service, will lead the tour and will be joined by a Forester from Bell Pole yard in Lebanon. Tour sponsored by Linn and Benton County chapters of Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc. 

Date: Tuesday October 4th

Time: 4-6 pm

Location: Schmidt Family Forest – Hoskins tree farm in the Kings Valley area.

Directions: Head west from Philomath on Hwy 20 to Wren. Turn right on Hwy 223 Kings Valley Hwy. Go 6.3 miles and turn left on Hoskins Rd (watch for event sign) Proceed 5.2 miles up Hoskins / Luckiamute Rd. There will be another event sign at the gate on the right side of the road. Nearest house address is 39720 Luckiamute Rd. Parking will be across the private bridge. Approximately 30 minutes from Corvallis. 

Woodland Management; a Basic Forestry Shortcourse

An OSU Extension course for Lane, Linn, and Benton County area. This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered: Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site, What’s Going on in Your Woods?, Understanding tree biology and forest ecology, Taking Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control, and Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Dates: Tuesdays October 4, 11, 18, & 25th

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm 

Field Session: Oct. 29th , 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Junction City Fire Hall, 1755 Juniper St., Junction City Oregon

Cost $50/individual, $60/family

See flyer for details, 

Register online here, spaces still available, deadline extended to Sept. 30th or until full.

For information email Jody or call 541-766-6750

Specialty Forest Products Presentation

Neil Schroeder of the Oregon Woodland Cooperative will describe means of generating farm income using non-traditional forest products. Researcher Matt Delaney will describe the production and use of biochar, which can be produced from wood waste.

Sponsored by the Linn chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc. in partnership with OSU Extension. 

Date: Wednesday, October 12th

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: Linn County Extension office, 33630 McFarland Rd (corner of Old HWY 34 and McFarland)in Tangent.

Restoration and Management Twilight Tour

Wet prairie restoration will be discussed along with the management of conifer stands surrounding the wet prairie at the farm of Shirley Jolliff and Lee Peterman. Dan Olson of the Natural Resource Conservation Service will accompany us and explain the assistance programs available to the land-owner.

Drinks and snacks will be provided by the Linn chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc. Participants welcome to bring a sack meal if wanted. 

Date: Wednesday, October 19th

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm 

Location: 35488 Ede Road (between Scio and Lebanon, but nearer to Lacomb than the other two!) Watch for bright yellow signs saying "Tree Tour" placed at a few of the intersections leading to our place, but we are really easy to locate.

Wear appropriate walking boots/shoes. The trail is mowed but, these are by no means "groomed" or county park-like trails in smoothness and accessibility.

Forestry Tax and Ownership Presentations

Please join Benton Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension for two lectures presented by Tamara Cushing, Ph.D., Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry, Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy at OSU.

Basics of taxes, including income, property, severance and timber harvest taxes.

Date: October 27th  

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Planning for a successful generational transition of timber property ownership.

Date: December 15th  

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Location for both: Benton County Sunset Buildling, OSU Extension Meeting Room, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Please park at rear of the building and use the back building entrance. 

RSVP required, these talks are free but have limited space.  RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

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