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

Discover Your Forestland

This is an online discovery of available information.  Learn where to find aerial photos, topography maps, soils maps, species, etc pertaining to your land.
Co-sponsored by Linn County Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension.

Date: Tuesday April 22, 2014 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Lebanon Center LBCC, Computer Lab

Event is free, and registration not required.

2014 Starker Lecture Series

The 2014 Starker Lecture Series will present three lectures and a capstone field trip this year. This year’s theme is “Working Forests Across the Landscape.” Please save the following dates: 

April 24/Lecture 3-“Beyond Boundaries: Social Challenges and Opportunities in Forest Landscape Management.” Paige Fischer, Research Social Scientist, Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Prineville, OR.

May 29/Capstone Field Trip: The field trip will visit and discuss the “Cool Soda All Lands Project” in the Sweet Home area of Linn County, a 10,000 acre collaborative project among local landowners. 

Featured speakers include Dave Furtwangler, Cascade Timber Consulting, Eric Hartstein, South Santiam Watershed Council, and Cindy Glick, Willamette National Forest. NOTE: Registration for the field trip is open until May 20th, or until seats are full. 

All lectures will be held in 107 Richardson Hall from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a reception following the event. The May 29 field trip will leave at 9:00 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m.

 All events are free and open to the public, with SAF Continuing Education Credits available.

The Starker Lecture Series is sponsored by the Starker Family in honor of T.J. and Bruce Starker and is supported by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and the OSU College of Forestry.

Linn County Twilight Tour

The tour will focus on early stand management and three Douglas fir-plantations (origin dates of 1998, 2003 and 2008). Discussion will include:

  • Number of trees per acre planted, and did they plant the right trees?
  • Vegetation management and early seral vegetation.
  • Non-timber products: broom sticks, essential oils, furniture poles and firewood.
  • Impact trees per acre have on tree diameter and limb size.
  • When do you have too many trees and need to do your first precommercial thinning (PCT), or commercial thinning.

Date: Tuesday May 13th Rain or  Shine

Time: starts at 4:00 pm 

Location:  Dave and Karen Bateman property, 42755 Fish Hatchery Drive, Lacomb

Directions: At the end of the pavement on Fish Hatchery Drive take the left fork uphill for a half mile to their driveway on the left at the top of the hill.  If you can see Weyerhaeuser’s gate, you just missed the driveway.  Phone 503-394-2051.

Early Essential Oil Distillation Demonstration: Jim Merzenich and Dave Bateman recently purchased a still to cook essential oil out of conifer needles.  Process takes about 2-hours.  They plan to fire up the still around 2:30 pm.  You are welcome to come early to watch or help.

Get Outdoors Day

OSU Extension Benton County and OSU College Forests are partnering to bring the second annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) event to Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis. 

Get Outdoors Day is part of a national effort to connect youth and families, and first-time visitors to the great outdoors. The educational event is free and will feature a variety of hands-on activities and hikes for people of all ages.   Many local organizations & agencies will be on site to introduce participants to the great outdoors with activities focused on natural resources, outdoor recreation/health/nutrition.

Date: Saturday May 31, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Peavy Arboretum/McDonald Forest 

From Corvallis take 99W North 6 miles to Arboretum Rd.& follow the signs. From Albany take Hwy 20 West 5 miles, right on Granger 2.4 miles, right on 99W North 1.2 miles to Arboretum Rd & follow the signs

For more information contact the Benton Extension office 541-766-6750

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