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  
Dates:  
Wed. Feb. 15. Dr. Nina Roberts, "The Big Picture"

Oregon Season Tracker Training

OSU Extenison citizen science program observing and reporting precipitation and seasonal plant changes like leaf buds.  Participants take a self paced online training at home (approx. 2 hrs) and then attend one classroom hands-on session to practice protocols, ask questions, and pick up you rain gauge. Visit the Oregon Season Tracker website to learn more.

Classroom sessions: Tuesday April 4, 2017 in Wren, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

                          Saturday May 13, 2017 in Portland, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $40 per family sharing materials/$30 for Linn County residents requesting a LCEA grant discount

To register  online 

For information contact Jody or call 541-766-6311

Pollinators in Managed Forest Landscapes

A one-day event with presentations from leaders in pollinator research and collaborative discussion with land managers to develop a research agenda for pollinators in managed forests of the western US.

Date: March 30, 2017

Time: 9am-4pm,

Location: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, OSU Campus

This event is FREE to attend but registration is required.

For more information, or to register, see http://cpe.forestry.oregonstate.edu/PollinatorWorkshop 

Woodland Management Plan Workshops

This two-evening OSU Extension workshop is the first step to a written management plan. It helps families discover the potential of their property and explore their relationship with their land. See flyer for more details. Offered in two locations:

Dallas: Thursdays April 6 & 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Polk County Extension Office

Corvallis: Thursdays April 13 & 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Benton County Extension Office

Cost: $20 per family sharing materials

Register online  

For more information call the Benton Extension office 541-766-6750 or email Jody

The Wood Castle Tour

The Wood Castle has an industrial scale Wood-Mizer mill which can cut 50 to 60 mbf of hardwood lumber a month; kilns for drying this lumber; and a plant that manufactures custom furniture from their processed wood. We'll thus see everything from the raw logs to the finished products. Sponsored by Linn County Small Woodlands chapter.

Date: Wednesday, April 5th

Time: 3:00 pm.

Location: 29855 OR-34, Albany, OR 97321, they are east of Corvallis on highway 34. 

Space is limited and RSVP required by email (please include phone and number attending) or call 541-766-6311 

Starker Lecture Series

Recreation in the Forests: Finding a Healthy Balance. See website for details  

Dates: Wed. Apr. 12. Eric White, "Contributions of outdoor recreation to people and the economy"

          Wed. May 17 Capstone Tour. "Local Perspectives"

Logger Forum

This event addresses issues about logging, loggers, logging jobs and everything that goes into it. Together, private non-industrial forest landowners have lots of land and provide a ready source for logs to the industry, but we have small tracts, or smaller jobs planned, and these smaller jobs are difficult for loggers to do, for lots of reasons.

Come to this moderated discussion to hear commercial loggers discuss their equipment, their capabilities and limitations, as well as costs and time frames. This is an important presentation for folks that are considering hiring out an upcoming logging job. Sponsored by the Marion - Polk Chapter of OSWA.

Date: Tuesday April 18th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Independence Library Conference Room. 175 Monmouth St

Georgia Pacific Sawmill Tour 

Benton Chapter of OSWA hosting

Date: Monday April 24, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Location: 1750 Industrial Way, Philomath, OR 97370

Space is limited and RSVP required by email (please include phone and number attending) or call 541-766-6311 

Directions: Turn North onto 19th St at the Dairy Queen.  Turn left onto Industrial Way. Turn left into driveway, pass the weigh station on the left. Parking spots at the first building on the left.

Bring: Plastic Hardhat, Safety Goggles

Wildland Fire Info for Small Woodlands

Dan Leavell, OSU Extension Klamath Falls will lead a discussion on various aspects of wildland fire, as it applies to small woodland owners. Dan has an extensive background in fighting wildland, as well as structural fires. He brings a vast amount of knowledge and is an engaging speaker.

Date: May 11

Time: 4:30-7pm

Location: David Hibbs and Sarah Karr’s property, 14200 Airlie Rd

Directions: From Corvallis, head north on Hwy 99W approximately 11 miles. At the flashing light turn left (west) on Airlie Rd and proceed about 5 miles to 14200 Airlie Rd. Park in the farm lot along the road. Watch for event signs and carpool if possible. 

Please RSVP by email (please include phone and number attending) or call 541-766-6311

Oak Basin Tree Farm Tour

Walking tour of oak and upland prairie restoration on Oak Basin Tree farm.

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Watch for additional details coming soon.

Marion - Polk Chapter OSWA Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday May 20, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for social time

Location: Scottish Rite Temple, South Salem

Get Outdoors Day

Discover the forest in your backyard.  A free family event with fun outdoor activities.

Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Peavy Arboretum, Corvallis

Benton Co. Small Woodlands Assoc. Summer Picnic

Annual potluck picnic at the Pat and Betsy Boren property in the Kings Valley area. This social event will also include a short tour, so dress accordingly. Drinks and table service will be provided. Bring your favorite dish and an outdoor chair if you have one.

Date: July 15th

Time: 11:30 – 3pm

Location: 22872 Burgett Creek Road

Directions: Take Hwy 20 west from Philomath. Turn right at Wren onto Kings Valley Hwy (223). Proceed about 3.5 miles to Alexander Rd and turn left. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Burgett Creek Rd. Pat and Betsy’s place is past the Girl Scout Camp, at the end of the road about 1 mile from Alexander Rd.

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