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

Deadline for tour reservations is Oct. 1, 2015. Advance reservations are required. The tour is limited to a maximum of 42 participants. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

Mentored Management Planning Shortcourse

Dates: Wednesdays, October 14, 21, 28 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Forest Education Classroom at the Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR

Cost: $40 charge (per family/ownership)

Pre-register no later than October 9, 2015 space is limited. For questions, or to register contact Jean Bremer by email or 503-655-8631. You may also register online

Write your own forest management plan. A written Forest Management Plan serves many purposes. It is required for participation in a variety of forest certification systems, it helps you qualify for cost-share funding, and it forms the foundation for sustainable forest management. A plan is an invaluable communication tool for your family as well. 

The Mentored Management Planning course will guide you through the process as you write your plan. Each of the four class sessions you will be paired with an experienced mentor who will provide one-on-one assistance. Participants should plan to attend all sessions and expect to do homework on their plan between sessions. Instructors:

  • Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Julie Woodward, Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 

Brooks Tree Farm Inc. Nursery Tour

BCSWA is sponsoring a visit to Brook's West Salem field operation and their multi-purpose facility near Brooks OR. This tour is a follow up to the earlier seed orchard tour. At Brooks we will see how they take that seed and grow it into seedlings for reforestation. We will be discussing the ordering process, the types of seedlings available, and current issues associated with supply and demand. The focus will be on conifer production, but will include species used in Riparian area restoration as well.

Date: Tuesday October 27th

Time: 1-5pm, Starker bus and carpools will leave from the Benton Extension office, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis at 1 pm, returning around 5 pm.

Please RSVP by Oct. 22nd to OSU Extension at 541-766-6311 or by email

Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop

OFRI Wildlife in Managed Forests Program. The morning includes many speakers, the afternoon will be spent on the Rickreall Watershed. We will visit a trap and haul fish program site, a recent bridge replacement, and a habitat restoration site. Come prepared with sturdy shoes/boots and field clothes. 

Date: October 29, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.

Location: Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center,Doaks Ferry Road, Salem Oregon

Register here for this free one day workshop, lunch is provided

For more information or trouble registering contact: Kathy Storm 971.673.2953 

Noxious Weeds of Oregon's West Side Forests & Outlook of Future Invasions of Exotic Forest Pests

Wyatt Williams, PhD Invasive Species Specialist Oregon Department of Forestry will be the speaker. 

Date: November 4, 2015

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: LBCC campus in Lebanon, 44 Industrial Way 

Free and open to the public

Share this