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" 

Thompson Timber Co. Tree Farm Tour - Rescheduled!

This tour will feature a 165 year old stand established following the 1850 Yaquina Burn. Steve Kadas (Thompson Timber Forester) will discuss local history, forest succession and characteristics, and salvage logging practices.

Date: Saturday, April 21

Time: 8:30 to noon, Optional byo picnic to follow, weather permitting.

Location: Meet 8:15 am in gravel parking area on N side of Hwy 20, directly across from Blodgett Country Store to carpool to site.

Registration required by phone only Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 include name, phone, email, and number attending.

Thinning Young Stands Field Workshop

Do you have a young stand of trees between 5 and 15 years old? If so you likely are, or should be wondering if they have room to grow with vigor and resiliency until they reach the size for a thinning harvest around age 25 to 30.

The workshop features Douglas-fir stands showing results of earlier thinning along with younger plantings needing attention in a low-elevation Willamette Valley tree farm. Chuck Schlechter (OSU Master Woodland Manager), his forester, and OSU Extension Foresters will lead participants on a walking tour to explain and discuss the examples demonstrated on the farm. You will learn how to assess the current spacing and condition of your trees and likely outcomes - with and without thinning - to help you weigh the options, depending on your goals. Different approaches and methods for thinning young stands will be demonstrated and discussed in the field.

Date: Saturday, April 21

Time: 9:00 to noon

Location: North of Salem, Detailed directions will be provided to registered participants.

Registration required by April 16. No fee but space is limited.  

To register or get more information, call 503-655-8631 or email jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu

Starker Lecture Series 2018

What’s next: managing for healthy productive forests.  Visit the Lecture website for more information.

Lecture 2 - Carlton Owen, President & CEO at U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, on the future of markets and policy in forestry

Date: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: La Sells, C&E Hall, OSU Campus

Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year Neighbor to Neighbor Tour

Join the Benton County Small Woodlands Association on a tour of the Carr Family Forest, a fourth generation family forest north of Monroe. The family homesteaded the original parcel in 1883. Some of that homestead orchard still survives today, but most of the land was gradually changed from agriculture to forestry. The family planted tens of thousands of tree seedlings long before that was a common practice. Today, you will find a large vigorous forest, areas of diversity that are being preserved or added to, and 3 generations of family working together to keep the forest productive and to bring the family together. The first goal they list for the property is to have the 5th generation out there working and playing too.

The free tour will focus on: 1) History of the property and plans and challenges for the future, 2) Striving for a variety of forest ages, 3) Wildlife found in a working forest and associated with ponds, 4) Young Stand Thinning strategies, and 5) Commercial Thinning strategies.

Date: May 19, 2018 

The tour & lunch are free, but registration is required by May 11th.

To register:  email oswaevents@gmail.com or call (503) 588-1813 by May 11th. Be sure to identify the May 19th Benton County woods tour.

Tree School Lane County

A one-day mini-college for family forestland owners, foresters, loggers, arborists, teachers, forest recreators, and the general citizens of Oregon. Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, and vendor tables.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Pleasant Hill OR

This program is sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service, Lane County Small Woodlands Association, and Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI).

Click here for the Class Catalog

Registration Information:

* $60 per person if registered by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 4, 2018.

* Fees will increase to $80 per person May 5 to May 18, 2018.

* Registration Deadline: Friday, May18, 2018. No registrations will be accepted after May 18th.

* Register EARLY! Each year some classes fill to capacity. Seating is limited.

* No Walk-in registration available

Register online here 

For more information call 541-344-5859. 

Starker Lecture Series 2018

What’s next: managing for healthy productive forests.  Visit the Lecture website for more information.

Lecture 3 - Connie Harrington, Research Forester, Forest Service, on keeping forests growing under future conditions

Date: Wednesday, May 23

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: La Sells, C&E Hall, OSU Campus

Get Outdoors Day

Date: June 2

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Peavy Arboretum, Corvallis

OSWA Annual Meeting and Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

“Managing Family Forests into the Future”

Dates: June 28-30

Location: Lane County, OR

Details due in early May