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

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Email your name, email and a contact phone number to receive The Woodland Compass and The Needle

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

Oregon Season Tracker Citizen Science Training

Oregon Season Tracker (OST) is a citizen science program that gathers information about local weather and seasonal changes. The data collected by OST volunteers helps scientists here in Oregon and elsewhere fill gaps in data and expand the scope of their research, while contributing to the understanding and accuracy of weather forecasting. Help produce the science that you use! Sign up for the OST program. You will take an on-line training at home, and then attend a local classroom session for skill building and Q&A. Visit the website to learn more about OST.

OST Online Spring Training: opens March 1, 2018 (2-3 hr. work on your own schedule).

OST skills building sessions: Leaburg, March 29, 6 pm - 8 pm

Preregistration required. Register online 

Cost: $40 per individual or family sharing materials. Includes program-approved rain gauge.

Questions contact Jody 541-766-6311

Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse

Offering the ever-popular Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse this April in two locations, Tangent and Dallas.

This course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property, providing a broad introduction to woodland ownership. It is offered in four evening sessions with a Saturday fieldtrip. This year’s class is offered in conjunction with the Polk SWCD. Topics covered 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: Wednesday nights, April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Field Trip Saturday, April 28

     Time: 6:00 to 8:30

     Location: OSU Extension Linn County office


     Dates: Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, and 26. Field Trip Saturday, April 28.

     Time: 6:00 to 8:30

     Location: OSU Extension office

Cost: $50 for an individual, $60 for two from the same family sharing class materials.

Registration required by March 27. Register online, call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email (Include name, phone, email, and number attending)

Thompson Timber Co. Tree Farm Tour

This tour will feature a 165 year old stand established following the 1850 Yaquina Burn. Steve Kadas (Thompson Timber Forester) will discuss local history, forest succession and characteristics, and salvage logging practices.

Date: Saturday, April 7

Time: 8:30 to noon, Optional byo picnic to follow, weather permitting.

Location: Meet 8:15 am in gravel parking area on N side of Hwy 20, directly across from Blodgett Country Store to carpool to site.

RSVP required by Monday, April 2. Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 or email (include name, phone, email, and number attending).

Thinning Young Stands Field Workshop

Do you have a young stand of trees between 5 and 15 years old? If so you likely are, or should be wondering if they have room to grow with vigor and resiliency until they reach the size for a thinning harvest around age 25 to 30.

The workshop features Douglas-fir stands showing results of earlier thinning along with younger plantings needing attention in a low-elevation Willamette Valley tree farm. Chuck Schlechter (OSU Master Woodland Manager), his forester, and OSU Extension Foresters will lead participants on a walking tour to explain and discuss the examples demonstrated on the farm. You will learn how to assess the current spacing and condition of your trees and likely outcomes - with and without thinning - to help you weigh the options, depending on your goals. Different approaches and methods for thinning young stands will be demonstrated and discussed in the field.

Date: Saturday, April 21

Time: 9:00 to noon

Location: North of Salem, Detailed directions will be provided to registered participants.

Registration required by April 16. No fee but space is limited.  

To register or get more information, call 503-655-8631 or email jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu

Starker Lecture Series 2018

What’s next: managing for healthy productive forests.  Visit the Lecture website for more information.

Lecture 2 - Carlton Owen, President & CEO at U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, on the future of markets and policy in forestry

Date: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: La Sells, C&E Hall, OSU Campus

Starker Lecture Series 2018

Lecture 3 - Connie Harrington, Research Forester, Forest Service, on keeping forests growing under future conditions

Date: Wednesday, May 23

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: La Sells, C&E Hall, OSU Campus

Get Outdoors Day

Date: June 2

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Peavy Arboretum, Corvallis













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