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

Clackamas Tree School - upcoming dates

Tree School date: March 25, 2017. Catalogs sent: January 16. Registration opens:week of January 23

Watch the website for the offical opening date. Classes fill fast, prepare in advance by setting up a Tree School log-in  now.

Succession Planning Workshop Series

Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. See flyer for additional details.

First Session:

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 9am-Noon

Location: Western Oregon University, Werner University Center, Pacific Room, 345 N Monmouth Ave, Monmouth, OR

Tamara Cushing, from OSU Ties to the Land, will present a primer on successional planning, including communication and the emotional aspects of transitioning your land amongst family or other land manager, the very first things to consider in Family Successional Planning.

Second Session: 

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 9am-4pm

Location: Chemekata Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd, Salem

Morning: Ron Marek & Alan Lanker, attorneys, will provide an introduction to estate planning strategies, state & federal tax issues, Oregon Natural Resource Credit, structuring ownership & assets, and record keeping. Claire Fiegener from Greenbelt Land Trust will address Conservation Easements and how they can be used as a tool in estate planning.

Afternoon: Carl Sohn, with NW Farm Credit Services, will expand on the first workshop and present a more in depth look at family business basics and building a foundation for succession planning focusing on family business topics. Riley Makin, attorney, will provide an introduction to estate planning specifically addressing estate planning issues for farm and ranch landowners.

Cost: $50 per family (up to 5 people) includes Planning Workbook and food

Register by Dec. 24 to guarantee workbook, Information contact: Karin Stutzman, Polk SWCD, 503-623-9680 x110.

USDA Lower Willamette Structural Diversity in Forests Initiative for Polk County

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS)in Oregon continues forest health funding to encourage diversity in forest land. In 2017 the priority area will be the Luckiamute Watershed.

NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to private non-industrial forest landowners and producers interested in conserving natural resources on the land. Assistance may be available to help you implement the following conservation activities on your forestland: Pre-commercial thinning, Pruning, Slash treatment, Reforestation, Wildlife habitat improvement, And moreā€¦

Application cutoff 2/17/2017

Contact: Sue Reams Acting District Conservationist, 580 Main St, Suite A, Dallas, OR, 503-837-3693

Starker Lecture Series

Recreation in the Forests: Finding a Healthy Balance. See website for details  


Thurs., January 19, Film. "Pedal Driven" at the Whiteside

Wed. Feb. 15. Dr. Nina Roberts, "The Big Picture"

Wed. Mar. 8. John Allen, "Managing Impacts of Recreation"

Wed. Apr. 12. Paul Jakus, "Economics"

Wed. May 17 Capstone Tour. "Local Perspectives"

Linn Chapter OSWA 2017 Annual Meeting and Potluck

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time: doors open at 5:00 pm, potluck begins at 5:30 pm

Location: ZCBJ Hall, 38704 N Main St, Scio

Forestry Tax and Ownership Presentation series 

Please join Benton Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension a lecture 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.

Planning for a successful generational transition of timber property ownership.

Date: Thursday Jan. 26th

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Location: 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. 

RSVP required, these talks are free but have limited space.  RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

Benton Chapter OSWA 2017 Annual Meeting

Please plan on joining us for a fun and informative event. Speakers: Sara Robinson, OSU will speak about her research on spalting wood, woodworking projects and woodturning, and Francisca Belart, the new OSU Extension timber harvesting specialist. Door prizes will be provided by area suppliers. 

Date: Saturday, January 28th

Location: Beazell Memorial Forest facility, north of Wren on Hwy 223.

Time: starts at noon with a catered lunch.

Cost: $15 per person at the door.

RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

Linn County Annual Seedling Sale

Sponsored by the Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (LCSWA). Proceeds benefit youth educational programs in Linn County, including 4-H forestry activities and college scholarships in forestry or natural resources.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time: 8 am until noon (or while supplies last)

Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, just east of I-5 at exit 234.

See plant information for species available. Payment by cash or check. For the best selection, pre-order and pay using the order form. 

2017 Local Wood Products Fair and Sale

If you are a local woodland owner, craftsperson, or business producing and selling materials or products for our local woodland and forests, you are invited to exhibit.

The fair highlights the many great products and materials coming from local woodlands, and has products from raw sawn boards to small finished wood products.  The fair and sale is free and runs concurrently with the Linn County Seedling Sale.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 

Time: 8 am until noon 

Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, just east of I-5 at exit 234.

Exhibitor Information:

10 x 10 ft space, $25.00 procedes benefit the Linn County OSWA chapter educational projects (4-H forestry activities and college scholarships in forestry or natural resources.)

Registration required by January 24th Additional information email or call Extension at 541-766-6750

Oregon Forest Pest Detector Training

Help protect Oregon forests from invasive species. Designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests including the emerald ash borer and Asain honhorn beetle. Training has two parts: a self-paced online prerequisite, followed by a field workshop.

Corvallis field workshop, March 23, 2017, 9 am to 12:30 pm

Visit the website for more information and to register