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

Scandinavia Forestry Tour


May 27 – June 14, 2016

Reservation Deadline Extended: October 31, 2015 or until filled

The Oregon Woodland Cooperative (OWC), Washington Co. Small Woodlands Association (WCSWA) and Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension (FNR Extension) have organized a tour to Scandinavia especially for small woodland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. We will meet private woodland owners and tour their tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, and visit forestry companies, sawmills, equipment manufacturers, and forestry museums. In addition, tour participants will see and experience outstanding natural beauty in the farms, forests, mountains and fjords of Sweden and Norway, and enjoy the cultural highlights of the towns and cities along the way. Includes special group-rate international airfare. Travel will be by private motor coach and accommodation in first-class hotels. For details, see tour website

Advance reservations are required. The tour is limited to a maximum of 42 participants. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

Adaptation & Mitigation for Working Forestlands 

Challenges and Solutions in the Face of Climate Change

Date: December 2nd & 3rd, 2015

Location: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University 

The Northwestern US provides a high level of current and potential sequestration of greenhouse gases- and forests may be a solution to mitigating emissions and sequestering carbon. This 1½ day workshop will detail the environmental and economic costs and benefits of management alternatives for forestland managers. In addition, it will address pathways and barriers to their adoption. The workshop will focus on the following building blocks for reduction of greenhouse gases:

1)Private forest growth and retention

2)Stewardship of federal forests

The target audience will include USDA agency personnel, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Cooperative Extension, and private forest landowners and managers. 

For more information, the agenda, and to register

Weyerhaeuser-Santiam Lumber Mill Tour

This plant is a small log mill that produces 2x4’s and 2x6’s. Come get a sense of how mills all have different products, different specs on incoming timber as well as a different management philosophy. Perhaps some of these factors will influence where you end up sending your logs at harvest. 

Date: Friday January 8, 2016

Time: 9:30 am (please arrive between 9:15-9:20 am)

Location: 30440 Fairview Road, Lebanon OR, 97355-9000 which is off Hwy 20, just upstream from Lebanon.

Please Bring: hard hats, real shoes or boots, Hi-visibility vests and ear and eye protection if we have them.

Informal carpools (times when carpool leaves); 7:50 am Willamina, 8:10 am Rickreall Park-n-ride (fairgrounds) 8:35 am Salem at Kmart parking lot, behind Dairy Queen. Jack in Box, to arrive around 9:15.

Questions, call Mark at 503-876-4488 or 503-876-2197 at least a day in advance.

Seedling Sale 2016

The Linn County Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association is sponsoring their 2016 Seedling Sale. A wide selection of trees and shrubs are available, many are Oregon natives.  To view a complete listing of plants available see the plant information sheet.  For pre-orders, print out and mail the order form with payment. Pre-order deadline is January 30th.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Time: 8 am to noon or while supplies last

Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center at 3700 Knox Butte Road in Albany. This is near I-5 Exit 234. 

For more information contact Sherm Sallee at email or (541) 451-5322. 

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