Upcoming Forestry & Natural Resource events in & around Benton, Linn, & Polk Counties

2015 Starker Lecture Series “Douglas-Fir: the legacy and future of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic tree ” 

107 Richardson Hall, OSU (unless otherwise noted).  Free. Bring a neighbor! 

You can also catch the Starker Lecture series on a Live Video Stream, which you can join by following links on the Starker Lecture Series website  http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

April 16, 3:30 pm. “Innovative Applications of Douglas-fir in Building Design” 

May 14, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Capstone Field Trip in Benton County area. 

Storm Damage Tour

Visit areas hit by the 2014 Ice Storm, which affected a large area of the Coast Range in Benton County last November.  Starker Forest managers, logging operators and Forestry Extension faculty will join family forest landowners to discuss the effects of the storm on stand conditions, forest health, salvage and future management options the storm presents to landowners.  Jointly sponsored by OSU Extension, Starker Forests and the Benton Chapter of OSWA. 

Space may be limited.  Please  RSVP to Jody or phone 541-766-6750

Date: Thursday, March 26

Time:  8:30 -12:30

Location: Meet and load vans at Benton County Fairgrounds

Oregon Season Tracker Training - Oregon Garden

Become an Oregon Season Tracker “Citizen Scientist” and help monitor seasonal patterns of precipitation (rain and snow) and phenology (timing of natural processes such as bud break). You will be helping OSU Extension and HJ Andrews Experimental Forest scientists develop a better understanding of weather and how it affects plants. See flyer for details.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: The Oregon Garden, Silverton

Cost: $35 includes offical CoCoRaHS rain gauge, $10 without gauge

See link to register 

Woodland Management ... a basic forestry shortcourse - Tangent

We will be offering this ever-popular class in two locations in April, Tangent & Dallas

Dates: Tuesdays April 7, 14, 21, 28,  with a Saturday field trip May 2 (9 am - 3 pm)

Time: Tuesday evenings 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: "NEW" Linn County Extension, 33630 McFarland Road, Tangent (see Linn Extension website for map)

Cost: $40.00 individual or $50.00 share with partner 

Pre-registration required.  Register online for Tangent class, see flyer for additional details

Questions contact Jody or call 541-766-6750

Woodland Management ... a basic forestry shortcourse - Dallas

We will be offering this ever-popular class in two locations in April, Tangent & Dallas

Dates: Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22, 29,  with a Saturday field trip May 9 (9 am - 3 pm)

Time: Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Polk County Extension, 289 E. Ellendate Ave., Suite 301, Dallas

Cost: $40.00 individual or $50.00 share with partner 

Pre-registration required.  Register online for Dallas class, see flyer for additional details

Questions contact Jody or call 541-766-6750

Women Owning Woodlands Network: Polk/Marion/Yamhill region

Saturday, April 18th, Rickreall; 11:00 am walk in the woods and 1:00 pm potluck discussion

Take a walk in the woods at WOWNet member Sarah's property. Sarah has 1300+ acres with about 40% hardwood and 60% conifer, plus a small sawmill where they process local hardwood into lumber and flooring. Sarah considers their forest a "working forest" under a permanent conservation easement so they have ongoing oak restoration projects. Join us for some great discussion about these activities and more! Following the walk we will have a potluck so please bring your favorite lunchtime snack to share with everyone. RSVP to Tiffany Fegel, WOWnet coordinator.

Pond Workshop

Ponds serve many functions such as wildlife habitat, irrigation, fire protection, and/or just personal enjoyment. Oregon State University is completing a new publication on Ponds and its author, Steve Bowers, will conduct a workshop discussing the many aspects of pond development and maintenance. The workshop is sponsored by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension

Date: May 13th

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: LBCC Lebanon Campus

Swiss Needle Cast Tour

The Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative (SNCC)will be holding its spring field trip in Linn County this year, and will include stops on small woodland owner properties to see how the disease is behaving on low elevation Cascade foothill sites. Local woodland owners will be welcome to attend all or some of the tour. Watch this site for details. See recent article a about SNCC 

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time: all day (with a partial day option)

Location: Sweet Home area woodland properties