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

Oregon Season Trackers 

OSU Extension program – engaging land owners and managers in plant and precipitation monitoring

Season Trackers Workshops:

Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014,

Time: 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM,

Location: Central Electrical Training Facility, 33309 Hwy 99E, Tangent

Do you want to learn more about the microclimate of where you live?

Do you want to contribute to our understanding of the weather and its effect on plants and animals? 

Become an Oregon Season Tracker “Citizen Scientist” and help monitor precipitation (rain and snow) and phenology (timing of seasonal processes such as bud break).  Through this program, you can volunteer to monitor daily rainfall totals and seasonal plant life cycle stages at a site of your choosing, and contribute your reports to a national data network.  You will be helping OSU Extension, scientists at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and many others to develop a better understanding of weather patterns and how it affects our forests. Your contribution may be especially valuable if you live, or have property in a remote rural area or at higher elevations.

Oregon Season Trackers is participating in two national citizen science networks: CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) and Nature’s Notebook (part of the National Phenology Network).  Participating is easy, fun, and a great way to learn.  You’ll go home from this workshop ready to get started.

Cost: $35 includes snacks, one set of materials, and a CoCoRaHS-approved rain gauge.  Applied to an individual or couple, but space is limited. 

To register online for the October 25th session in  Tangent,  go to:   https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/782 or call the Benton County Extension office at 541-766-6750

Oregon State University Research Forests Harvesting Tour:

Sponsored by Benton County Small Woodlands Association 

OSU Research Forests have two different ongoing thinning operations.   One operation is a skyline thinning operation; the other is a harvester/forwarder cut-to-length operation.  Brent Klumph, Forest Manager, OSU Research Forests will lead the tour and provide information so that woodland owners can compare and contrast the operations.  The tour will consist of visiting one operation in the morning and one in the afternoon with a break for lunch around noon.  

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2014

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, bring a sack lunch

Location: The tour will begin at Peavy Arboretum, additional details will be provided prior to the tour.

Please RSVP to OSU Extension Service Benton County, (541) 766-6750, or email Jody Einerson

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Songbirds and Early Seral Habitat

Date: November 18th

Time: 8 am - 4 pm,

Location: Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany

Land managers, landowners and biologists are invited to spend a day learning about migratory songbirds and the importance of early seral habitats. The goal of this one-day symposium is to advance our understanding of early seral habitats and how to manage for the species that depend on it. 

This symposium is FREE. Space is limited so please register early.