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

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Recreation in the Forests: Finding a Healthy Balance. See website for details  
Wed. Feb. 15. Dr. Nina Roberts, "The Big Picture" 

Oregon Season Tracker Training

An OSU Extension citizen science project to collect and report rainfall and seasonal plant changes (example: bud break). See website to learn more.  Time commitment less than 5 min. a day for precipitation, and approx. 15 min. week for plant observations. 

Participants take an on-line training at home (approximately 2 hrs) and then attend one local in-person session for skills building, Q&A, and pick up the rain gauge.  

OST Online Training: open now (self-paced work on your own schedule) 

OST skills building sessions (attend one):

Date: Wednesday October 18, 2017

         Time: 6 - 8 pm.

         Location: Gates Fire Hall (North Santiam Canyon)

Date: Wednesday November 15, 2017

         Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

         Location: Linn County Extension office, Tangent 

Cost: $40 per individual or family sharing materials. $30 for Linn County residents requesting a discount from LCEA grant. Includes program-approved rain gauge. 

Registration link on website, or questions email

Woodland Talk: “Growing a Diverse Forest”

Join OSU Forestry & Natural resources Extension agent Brad Withrow-Robinson to learn about ways to enhance the diversity of your woodland property for habitat or aesthetic values.

The woodland talk series is hosted by the Linn Chapter OSWA and OSU Extension.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent

Cost: Free

The Oregon Tree Farm System 2017 Annual Meeting & TFOY

Date: Saturday, Oct. 21,

Location: Oregon Garden Resort, 895 W. Main St., Silverton

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Feature a hands-on field workshop in the Rediscovery Forest and an awards recognition luncheon honoring the County Tree Farmers of the Year. The 2017 Inspector of the Year and Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year awards will be announced at the luncheon.

The theme is “Emphasizing the Family of Family Forest Landowners.” Family activities and tours will be available in the Oregon Garden. Come celebrate being a family of tree farmers!

Registration and more information is available on the Oregon Tree Farm System website

Woodland Management Shortcourse

The Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse is an Extension program ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It gives a broad introduction to woodland ownership activities. It is offered in four evening sessions with a Saturday fieldtrip. Course themes include:

• 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

• Getting it Done - Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Dates: Thursdays October 26, November 2, 9, 16

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Field Session: Saturday November 18th , 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent

Cost $50/individual, $60/family

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close by October 20th. Register online or call the Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 

Selling Logs From Your Property: An Educational Symposium for Landowners

Participants will learn how to organize a profitable timber sale that meets their individual objectives. The field trip will include a log scaling demonstration, a portable sawmill demonstration, and a tour of harvested units of different ages, providing visual context for what forests look like immediately after harvest through maturity. Symposium speakers include consulting foresters, loggers, log buyers, small woodland landowners, and representatives from the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry.Sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service of Lane County. 

Date: Friday, October 27th, 5 pm - 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 28th 9 am - 2 pm

Location: Crow Middle/High School in Eugene, Oregon (25863 Crow Rd, Eugene, OR 97402)

Cost: including Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and field trip transportation is $40 per person before October 1st, and $50 per person October 2nd through October 20th.

Registration closes Friday, October 20th at 5pm.

To register or learn more go to the website or contact Lauren Grand, Lane County Extension Forester at lauren.grand@oregonstate.edu or 541-579-2150.

Spalting Tour at the OSU Applied Mycology Lab

Come visit Dr. Seri Robinson at the Applied Mycology Lab at Oregon State University and learn about some of the wonderful things fungus can do by “spalting” wood. See firsthand, how she and her team are learning how to manage the spalting process in pursuit of beautiful and valuable wood and other applications. This is a follow-up to the great teaser presentation Seri gave at last year’s Benton Chapter OSWA Annual meeting.


1. (noun) Any coloration of wood, either living or dead, by fungi, which is considered visually or texturally appealing.

2. (verb) Process producing spalted wood

Date: Wednesday; November 1, 2017

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Location: OSU campus, meet at the south entrance to Richardson Hall before heading to the lab.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close by October 30th. Register by calling Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email including your phone contact and number attending

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