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

Tethered Harvester Tour

Mechanized harvesting with cut-to-length processors has revolutionized forest management in recent decades. This equipment allows earlier selective harvest in young stands, which helps landowners manage for a wider range of objectives. Tethering is the newest technological advancement, which allows this equipment to operate on slopes otherwise too steep for ground-based harvesting. On this tour, we will see a tethered harvester in operation and look at the results of recent thinnings. Sponsored by the Benton Chapter of OSWA, Miller Timber Services, Starker Forests and OSU Extension.

Date: Thursday June 29, 2017

Time: 2:45 to 6:30 pm

Location: We will meet at 2:45 at the office of Miller Timber Services, 24745 Alsea Hwy, Philomath to load vans before heading to sites in the Alsea area. We will depart promptly at 3:00. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close by June 26. Register by calling Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email including your phone contact and number attending.

Cost: $5 fee to help cover van costs 

What to bring: Please come prepared for the weather of the day and a visit to an active harvest site. Closed-toed shoes, long pants and hardhat are recommended. Bring a water bottle, snacks or other personal items you need.

Linn County 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Tour 
& an Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tour of Mountain Springs Tree Farm 

Please join us to recognize this year’s honorees Ivan and Rebecca Wolthuis and visit their property. This is also Neighbor-to-Neighbor Tour, so plan to bring a friend or neighbor to meet and mingle with local family woodlandowners. Tour Sponsors include: Rebecca and Ivan Wolthuis, OSWA Linn County Chapter, Oregon Tree Farm System, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee. 

Date: Saturday July 8, 2017

Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Admission and Lunch is Free

Location: 28996 Berlin Road, Sweet Home. Look for OSWA Tree Farm Tour signs.

Registration Required. To register email or call (503) 588-1813 by July 5th

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.

Annual Picnic of the Linn Chapter of OSWA 

 The Linn Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association invites you (OSWA member and public alike) to join them for their annual picnic. Activities for all ages will begin at 9:00 and include a tour of the property, educational displays and plant identification. It is a great chance to see a well-managed woodland property and visit with friends. The Sallee and Tye family will grill burgers, so please bring a potluck item to share. 

Date: August 12, 2017

Time: Woodland activities 9:00 11:30

Lunch and social time 11:30 to 1:00 (flexible)

Location: Happy Valley Tree Farm, 32511 Bellinger Scale Road just east of Lebanon, OR.

For more information contact Bill Bowling 541-791-1370 or email