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

Woodland Tree Tour

Joe and Shirley Holmberg are hosting a tour of their manicured woods looking at the Oregon ash and valley pine plantations.  Take the tour and then relax in the shade over potluck dinner.  Bring a salad or desert to share and a lawn chair.  Burgers & hot dogs with all the trimmings, beverages, plates and plastic ware are provided. 

Date: Aug. 9th

Time: 3-6 pm

Location:  39980 Mount Hope Drive, Lebanon, Oregon 97355.   The east end of Mount Hope Drive ends at Bellinger Scale Road a mile or so North of Mallard Creek Golf Course.  Holmberg’s are west on Mount Hope a half mile or so on your left (South) at the first curve in the road.  Go straight at the curve on the gravel drive and their place is the gray house on your left.

For information contact the Holmberg’s at 541-259-3963

Summer Hiking Series Hosted at McDonald Forest

Join us for some summer hiking! OSU Extension Service, Benton/ Linn County and OSU College Forests will be sponsoring several evening guided hiking opportunities this summer at the McDonald Forest, a popular recreation area in the mid-valley.  Each event will offer a choice of several hiking options – from a short Discovery walk suitable to families with small children, a moderate 1-2 mile hike and a vigorous 3-4 mile hike. All hikes will leave from a central location

Date: Thursday Aug 21, 2014.

Time: begin at 6:00 and end at 7:15pm.

Meet at Peavy Lodge (located near the entrance to the Arboretum). Hikes will be led by OSU Extension and College Forests staff and community volunteers and leave promptly at 6:00 pm. 

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/dvuj0
From Corvallis take 99W North 6 miles to Arboretum Rd.& follow the signs. From Albany take Hwy 20 West 5 miles, right on Granger 2.4 miles, right on 99W North 1.2 miles to Arboretum Rd & follow the signs

For more information about the Summer Hiking Series, contact Maggie Livesay at 541-766-6750 

Howdy Neighbor Tour to Avery Property

Take this opportunity to gather with the wider community and visit a very interesting family-owned forest property.

Date: Saturday, August 23rd.  

Time: 7:45- 3:30

Location: will leave from Mason Bruce and Girard field office, 42960 Highway 226,  8.5 miles east of Scio.  Signs will be out.  Please watch website for more details, due out by mid-July.

Registration is required.   To register contact OSWA Office Manager, Jen Rains, jenerains@gmail.com or (503) 588-1813 by August 15th. 

Benton Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Tour the family forest of Mike & Molly Albrecht see the work they have done to bring productivity back to a site harvested before their ownership and how they have grappled with challenges such as maple competition and legacy roads. They also participant in the Woods Creek restoration project  to add large woody debris, reconnect side channel alcoves and plant conifers in the riparian zone

Date: Saturday September 6, 2014

Time: carpool caravan leaves Philomath at 9:00 am, return approximately 12:30 pm for luncheon

Location: meet at the Marys River Park in Philomath (300 S 11th Street, behind the Philomath Public Library) at 9:00 am to carpool to the Albrechts’ “JuliusTree Farm” on Woods Creek Rd, west of Philomath.

Registration is required by Friday, August 29 by e-mail to jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu or phone 541 766 6750. When you register, please indicate if you will need a ride up a ~1/4-mile steep hill.

The tour is free and lunch is $5, which can be paid at the park.