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

Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Joe and Shirley Holmberg are Linn County Tree Farmers of the year for 2016. The Holmberg’s purchased their fifty acre farm sixteen years ago and have reforested with Willamette valley ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, incense cedar, and Oregon ash while managing unique habitats for wildlife. In addition they have restored a one-hundred year old farmhouse that was virtually uninhabitable.

This will also be a potluck with beverages and a main dish provided.

Date: Saturday, Sep 24th

NOTE NEW TIME: 3:00 to 6:30 pm

Location: 39980 Mt Hope Drive northeast of Lebanon. You can get to their farm via either Golden Valley road or Bellinger Scale road.

McCool Mill Works Tour

This mill refinishes old timbers for commercial use. The tour is hosted by Linn County chapter of OSWA.

Date: Saturday October 1, 2016

Time: 10:30 am

Location: 1744 Main St, Sweet Home,

Directions: They are located next to Safeway on the north side of Main St.

Emergency Forest Restoration Funds Available for the 2015 Drought Damage 

Signup for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) will be held from October 3 through November 30, 2016. This signup period is applicable to the damage to timber due to the severe drought that occurred during the summer of 2015. 

EFRP was established to assist Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) Landowners to rehabilitate timber ground damaged by natural disasters. It covers:

• Removing debris from timberland, removal of dead trees

• Replanting timber

• Road development located on NIPF that are deemed necessary

 If you believe you may be eligible for EFRP assistance and are located in Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn Counties please contact your local FSA office. 

Linn-Benton-Lincoln County – Heather at 541-967-5925 ext 107

Lane County – Jean at 541-465-6443 ext 101

Woodland Management; a Basic Forestry Shortcourse

An OSU Extension course for Lane, Linn, and Benton County area. This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered: 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, and Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Dates: Tuesdays October 4, 11, 18, & 25th

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm 

Field Session: Oct. 29th , 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Junction City Fire Hall, 1755 Juniper St., Junction City Oregon

Cost $50/individual, $60/family

See flyer for details, 

Register online here, registration deadline Sept. 27th

For information email Jody or call 541-766-6750

Forestry Tax and Ownership Presentations

Please join Benton Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension for two lectures presented by Tamara Cushing, Ph.D., Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry, Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy at OSU.

Basics of taxes, including income, property, severance and timber harvest taxes.

Date: October 27th  

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Planning for a successful generational transition of timber property ownership.

Date: December 15th  

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Location for both: Benton County Sunset Buildling, OSU Extension Meeting Room, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Please park at rear of the building and use the back building entrance.