Taking Care of Your Woods

Many resources are available on line to help woodland owners manage their properties.  Here are some for you to investigate.

KnowYourForest

This great website is built specifically for family forest landowners of Oregon. It was created by the Partnership for Forestry Education, a collaboration of state, federal and private organizations (including OSU Extension), to make the management of forestland easier and more effective.  If you are looking for basic information about managing a woodland property- then START HERE!

The linchpin is the Learning Library which has over a dozen sections, including: 

     Planting Trees

     Thinning My Forest

     Habitat for Wild Animals

     Reducing Fire Hazard

     Forest Health

     Logging and Selling Timber

     Forest Protection Laws

     Weeds and Invasive Plants

     … and more

Each section includes a video and text introduction to the topic, and drop down menus with publications, presentations and other resources. 

The Landowner Assistance section provides you with information about and links to many groups and organizations which are available to assist you:

     Family Forest Landowner Associations

     Federal Natural Resource Agencies  

     State Natural Resource Agencies

     University Forestry Extension programs,

     and more

KnowYourForest also has county assistance maps with local Extension, ODF, OSWA, SWCD and Watershed council contacts.  Check out Benton, Linn or Polk Counties’ information.

OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Programs

Master Woodland Managers  Master Woodland Manager logo

Master Woodland Managers are trained volunteers who have completed an 85-hour Extension course on woodland management. In return, Master Woodland Managers volunteer their time in many ways including visiting local properties to help landowners identify opportunities for improving their woodland stands and properties, identify sources of assistance and direct them to local woodland tours and other resources.

To schedule a visit with a Benton, Linn, or Polk County Master Woodland Manager (MWM), call the Benton County OSU Extension office at (541) 766-6311, or stop by the office at 4077 SW Research Way, in Corvallis.

Oregon Forest Management Planning

This site provides guidance and resources to woodland owners and forestry professionals who are writing forest management plans.  It was developed as part of the Partnership for Forestry Education.

Ties to the Land 

The Ties to the Land succession planning program helps families communicate better about what to do with their property and how best to get it done. Workshops presented in response to local interest

OSU Resources

Tree Topics

This blog is perfect for impatient forest landowners and others who want to be at the front of the line for information and perspectives on forest management in the NW Oregon and the Willamette Valley.  Subscribe to receive new postings via email.

Cameron Demonstration Forest

This 260-acre property in the Soap Creek valley near Corvallis was given to the Oregon State University College of Forestry in 1995 by Elizabeth Starker Cameron. The tract is managed to demonstrate good private forest stewardship, to experiment with management alternatives for private forest owners and to provide income from periodic timber harvests to support a continuing program in private and family forestry at OSU.

OSU Extension Forestry

OSU College of Forestry

Other Sources of Information

My Land Plan

This website from The American Forest Foundation can help you explore and discover how to manage your woodlands. Easy to use tools guide you to map your land, set goals, keep a journal and connect with woodland owners and foresters

Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine Conservation Association

Oregon Forest Resources Institute Oregon Forest Resources Institute logo

OFRI provides information about forestry topics of broad public interest, including clean water, responsible forest management, and minimizing fire risks. OFRI has programs for K-12 students, professional development and support for teachers, provides a wide range of educational events for forest landowners and has an extensive list of online resources relating to Oregon’s forests and forest management.

Oregon Department of Forestry  Oregon Department of Forestry logo

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), working under direction of the citizen Board of Forestry, serves Oregonians by helping to keep forests healthy and working. Top priorities include fire protection, administration of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, providing landowner assistance through the Private Forests Program,  as well as managing state owned forest lands. 

OSWA - Oregon Small Woodlands Association

Oregon Small Woodlands Association
1775 32nd NE/Suite C, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.588.1813

Oregon Forest Directory

This interactive site helps you search for products and forestry services (planning, weed control, logging) by region. 

Forest Seedling Network

This interactive site helps you find seedlings and services too.

ISA - International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

The ISA is a professional organization that promotes the professional practice of arboriculture through education and certification.  It hosts a Find a Tree Care Service database which can be searched by city or zip code.