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" 

Woodland Talk “What Your Watershed Council Can Do For You"

Join Eric Anderson of the South Santiam Watershed Council to discuss ways family landowners can work with their local watershed council to accomplish restoration projects on their land. The woodland talk series is hosted by the Linn Chapter OSWA and OSU Extension.

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent

Cost: Free

Root Disease Identification and Management Field Tour

Lane County Extension will be hosting a root rot tour with Dave Shaw, OSU Extension Forest Health Specialist and Lauren Grand, OSU Extension Forester. Tour will cover symptoms, effects and possible management of some common west-side root diseases.

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Location: Eastern Lane County

Cost: $15 and registration required, visit website for information and registration

Woodland Management and Restoration Tour: Bird Haven Tree Farm Conservancy

Come see some of the great things that our hosts Jan Irene Miller and Jim Bayuk have accomplished on their property outside of Stayton. Projects include riparian restorations along the main stem and side channel of the North Santiam River, managing oak groves and also thinning upland conifer stands for diversity objectives. They have done their projects in cooperation with the North Santiam Watershed Council and other partners. An important part of the tour will be to hear from North and South Santiam Councils about how woodland owners can work with Councils and other agencies to do large projects like the ones we will see. The tour is sponsored by the Marion/Polk and Linn Chapters of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) and OSU Extension.

Date: Saturday October 7th

Time: 9 AM

Location: 41795 Kingston Lyons Drive SE, Stayton, Oregon

Please come prepared for the weather of the day and being in the brush. Bring a water bottle, snacks or other personal items you need.

Oregon Season Tracker Trainings

Oregon Season Tracker is an Extension citizen science project to collect and report rainfall and seasonal events. Participants take an on-line training at home and then attend a local in-person session for volunteer skills building and Q&A. See website for additional program information 

OST Online Training: opens September 27 (self-paced work on your own schedule) 

OST skills building sessions (attend one):

Date: Tuesday October 17, 2017

         Time: 6 - 8 pm.

         Location: Monroe Public Library.

Date: Wednesday October 18, 2017

         Time: 6 - 8 pm.

         Location: Gates Fire Hall

Date: Wednesday November 15, 2017

         Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

         Location: Linn County Extension office, Tangent 

Cost: $40 per individual or family sharing materials. $30 for Linn County residents requesting a discount from LCEA grant. Includes program-approved rain gauge.

Online Registration

Selling Logs From Your Property: An Educational Symposium for Landowners

Participants will learn how to organize a profitable timber sale that meets their individual objectives. The field trip will include a log scaling demonstration, a portable sawmill demonstration, and a tour of harvested units of different ages, providing visual context for what forests look like immediately after harvest through maturity. Symposium speakers include consulting foresters, loggers, log buyers, small woodland landowners, and representatives from the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry.Sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service of Lane County. 

Date: Friday, October 27th, 5 pm - 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 28th 9 am - 2 pm

Location: Crow Middle/High School in Eugene, Oregon (25863 Crow Rd, Eugene, OR 97402)

Cost: including Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and field trip transportation is $40 per person before October 1st, and $50 per person October 2nd through October 20th.

Registration closes Friday, October 20th at 5pm.

To register or learn more go to the website or contact Lauren Grand, Lane County Extension Forester at lauren.grand@oregonstate.edu or 541-579-2150.

Woodland Management Shortcourse

The Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse is an Extension program ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It gives a broad introduction to woodland ownership activities. It is offered in four evening sessions with a Saturday fieldtrip. Course themes include:

• Getting Started - Assessing your property and your site

• What’s Going on in Your Woods? - Understanding tree biology and forest ecology

• Taking Care of Your Woods - Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control

• Getting it Done - Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Dates: Thursdays October 26, November 2, 9, 16

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Field Session: Saturday November 18th , 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent

Cost $50/individual, $60/family

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close by October 20th. Register online or call the Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 

Seed and Seedling Field Tour For Forest Landowners and Christmas Tree Growers

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: IFA Nursery, 1887 N Holly St, Canby

Registration required, see website for details.

Woodland Talk: “Growing a Diverse Forest”

Join OSU Forestry & Natural resources Extension agent Brad Withrow-Robinson to learn about ways to enhance the diversity of your woodland property for habitat or aesthetic values.

The woodland talk series is hosted by the Linn Chapter OSWA and OSU Extension.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Tentatively)

Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent

Cost: Free

OSWA Annual Meeting and TFOY recognition

Date: October 21, 2017

Location: World Forestry Center, Portland OR