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

Twilight Tour to Fort Hoskins: forest and meadow management

Date: Monday, June 29, 2015

Location: Fort Hoskins Historical Park, about 2 miles west of Kings Valley Highway

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Work has been underway at the Fort Hoskins Historic Park, to restore and enhance its ecological and historical legacy. Small Woodland Owners are invited along with the general public, to join us to learn about operations to expand remnant prairie habitat and enhance structural diversity through a variable density thinning of Douglas-fir.

Speakers to include Adam Stebbins (Benton County Natural Areas and Parks), Mark Miller (Trout Mountain Forestry) and Bill Mahr (Oregon Department of Forestry).

Presented by Benton County, OSU Extension, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Benton Chapter of the Small Woodlands Association. 

Anyone wanting to car pool from Corvallis can meet like-minded people at the Benton County Extension office around 4:45.

Please dress and come prepared for the weather of the day, which is predicted to be hot. Bring plenty of water. We will be walking through an active logging site: No open toed shoes please!

All are also welcome to bring a brown bag, and stick around to enjoy the evening and conversation at the park following the tour. 

An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Practices

Integrating trees and shrubs into an agricultural landuse system to enhance productivity, profitability, & environmental stewardship

Date: July 8, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 3:30 pm

Location: Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5915 Windsor Island Rd. N., Salem 97303

Free workshop with lunch provided

Registration required: Brenda Sanchez at Marion SWCD 503-391-9927

Summer Picnic of the Linn County Chapter OSWA

The Udell family will be hosting the annual picnic and tour at their Happy Valley Tree Farm near Lebanon. There will be activities for all ages. The morning tour will include thinning plots from an OSU thinning study in the 80’s, two ponds, a small clearcut, and firewood bundling activities with the Oregon Woodland Coop. Kids can learn about forestry and insects with Fay.

Hotdogs, paper plates, flatware, cups, coffee and water will be provided. Bring a potluck dish or two that you can share.

Date: Saturday, July 11

Time: 9:00 am -1:00 pm, activities begin at 9:00, potluck picnic begins at noon

Location: Happy Valley Tree Farm

Happy Valley Tree Farm is located at 32511 Bellinger Scale Road, near Lebanon. Look for the old “Tree Day” sign at the entry way. If you have questions, contact Sherm Sallee at 541-451-5322 or at sksallee@yahoo.com.

Twilight Tour near Wren will focus on wildlife habitat

Join us for a twilight tour at Karen Fleck Harding’s family property near Wren. Wildlife habitat management is the focus on the family’s 230 acre woodland property on the Marys River. Karen (the 2010 Benton Tree Farmer of the Year) will be joined by Jennifer Weikel, ODF Wildlife Biologist, Master Woodland Manager and Small Woodland owner to talk about managing for wildlife. Be prepared for a walk, long pants are recommended, and bring field glasses if desired.

Date: Thursday, July 23rd

Time: 5:45 - 8:00

Location: 24621 Echo Hills Rd. Philomath (Wren)

Directions: From Corvallis take Highway 20 to Kings Valley Highway OR 223. Turn right onto 223 and take the first right onto Ritner then right on Wren Rd. Left on Echo Hills Rd. Go approximately 2 miles to the end of the gravel road. Drive slow and watch for oncoming cars.

For those who prefer to carpool from Corvallis, plan on meeting at the Benton Extension office. Be prepared to leave at 5:20

Twilight Tour to Linn County Seed Orchard

Come learn about the production of improved seed at the Roseburg Forest Products’ seed orchard. Geneticist Sara Lipow will give a layman’s overview of how tree improvement programs work and talk about the availability of genetically improved seed/seedlings to small landowners. Orchard manager Mike Albrecht and Sara will then walk us through orchard blocks of various ages where we will view and discuss the various treatments used to encourage trees to produce cones, view some cross pollinations being carried out and give a general overview of how seed orchards are managed.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time: 4:00-6:30 P.M.

Location: Near Lebanon, at the Roseburg Forest Products seed orchard

The address is 34937 Tennessee Road. However, beware of following your GPS. GPS maps seem misplace the orchard by about a half mile. See the website for stepwise directions.

To reach the Lebanon Seed Orchard from Corvallis:

•Follow Highway 34 east to Lebanon (this is exit 228 if you're coming from north or south on I-5).

•When you reach Lebanon, follow Highway 20 north out of town towards Albany for approximately 5 miles.

•Just after milepost 9, watch for Honey Sign Drive on your right (if you reach milepost 8, you've gone too far). There is a big red and white sign that says “HONEY”

•Take a right on Honey Sign Drive.

•Follow Honey Sign for approximately ½ mile. You will go through an “S” curve.

•At this point you will intersect Tennessee Road. One branch makes a hard left and the other branch goes straight ahead. Go Straight.

•You’ll continue for about 1 mile down a straight stretch of road.

Where the road makes a sharp right, you’ll turn left into our driveway. You’ll see the orchards before you actually get to the driveway.

Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour & Potluck, Bateman Property

Linn County Tree Farmers of the Year, Dave and Karen Bateman, are hosting a tour of their property. All are welcome. The walking tour will feature thinning options and practices in a couple stands of different ages, a look at some invasive species, and a discussion of the production and marketing of essential oils of several conifer species with the Oregon Woodlands Cooperative.

The potluck will follow the tour and start around 6 PM. Bring a potluck item to share and your favorite lawn chair. Linn County will provide beverages and Dave and Karen will provide chicken, paper plates and plastic ware.

Date: Sunday, August 23.

Time: 4:00 to 7:30

Location: 42755 Fish Hatchery Drive, Scio

The property is a half mile up the hill from the end of the asphalt and on Fish Hatchery Drive, on the left at the top of the hill. Weyerhaeuser’s white gate comes into view when you go past their driveway. Tree Farm Yellow Tour Signs will be up starting near the Larwood Covered Bridge.

Scandinavia Forestry Tour

Sponsored by Oregon Woodland Cooperative. For details, see website or contact OWC: owc@owco-op.com or (888) 800-1192.

Date: May 27 - June 14, 2016

Reservation deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour, Vollmer Property

Alsea area

Date TBD

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