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

Know your Woodland Plants: Plant Identification walks

Knowing common native plants as well as some key invasive species is a critical skill for woodland owners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Besides the pleasure you get as an “insider” watching familiar plants develop over the season, being able to recognize plants and knowing something about them can inform you about the site, its value to wildlife and other insights. Recognizing invasive weeds can help you avoid spreading them around, or let you detect new arrivals.

Come join us for a casual evening walk when we will identify common trees, shrubs and other plants we find and talk about their place in the forest. We will also introduce you to several important invasive species to watch out for. Kids welcome. Plant ID books “Trees to Know” and “Shrubs to Know” will be on sale.

Walk 1:

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 to 8:00

Location: Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site, six miles south of Monmouth, just west of Hwy 99.

Walk 2:

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 to 8:00

Location: Waterloo County Park, five miles east of Lebanon, just south of Highway 20.

If you need directions, call the Benton County Extension office 541-766-6750.

Registration not required, but RSVP appreciated. Let us know if you want to buy a book too. Come prepared for the weather of the day, remembering the possibility of encountering poison oak.

Howdy Neighbor Tour of Oak Basin Tree Farm

The Merzenich family will host a walking tour of the Oak Basin Tree Farm south of Brownsville. The tour will emphasize the management of dry forest sites in the Willamette foothills while controlling invasive species. We will view and discuss management options for Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and oak stands that have been recently thinned or are now marked for thinning and also view a recent clearcut and discuss options for restoration on a severe site. Oak restoration and the use of grazing to maintain native pastures will also be discussed.

This is a “Howdy Neighbor” tour, so please come along with a friend or neighbor. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Jody Einerson at 541-766-6750 or email.

Sponsored by the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, OFRI, the Calapooia Watershed Council, Linn Natural Resources Conservation Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the UO, Oregon Department of Forestry and OSU Extension.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

3:00 to 4:30 pm there will be a more rigorous optional hike to the ridgetop to discuss native upland prairies management to promote the endangered Fender’s Blue butterfly.

RSVP by email or phone OSU Extension 541-766-6750. Please include a phone contact and number attending.

Location/Directions: from Hwy 228 in Brownsville, turn south on Washburn Street (aka Gap Road). Continue about five mile and turn east on Northernwood Drive. Travel to the end of the paved road, stay left, follow signs.

Get Outdoors Day

Spanish Flyer

English Flyer

Date: Saturday, May 21,

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm,

Location: Peavy Arboretum, McDonald Forest, Corvallis

Corvallis Forest Tour – Corvallis Watershed

Focus on forest management practices and objectives in the watershed. Visit recent thinning and variable retention harvests that demonstrate the City’s approach to balancing resource protection, habitat enhancement, and long-term sustainable management goals. Includes root rot infected areas management. Speakers include Mark Miller of Trout Mountain Forestry, and Jennifer Ward, City of Corvallis Watershed Specialist. Sponsored by Benton County Small Woodlands Association.

Date: Thursday May 26, 2016

Time: 1:00pm - 4pm

Location: carpool from the Benton Co Extension office 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis OR 97333. Please park to the side, or in back of the building.

RSVP by email  (include name, contact phone, and number attending) or call OSU Extension Benton County 541-766-6750 

Oregon Small Woodland Association Annual Meeting and Oregon Tree Farm System Tree Farmer of the Year Tour.

Date: June 9 -11, 2016

Location: Baker County, OR

Woodland Talk/Twilight Tour

Save the Date: Wednesday, June 22, Details TBD. Hosted by Linn Chapter OSWA

Summer Picnic Potluck/Linn Chapter Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc.

The Linn County Chapter of the Small Woodlands Association is hosting this get together at Henry Wolthius’s property. Save the date and watch for more details.

Date: July 30, 2016

Time: 11:00am -2:00pm

Location: Wiley creek near Sweet Home

Summer Picnic and Tour, Benton Chapter Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc. 

Come and enjoy a potluck picnic with fellow small woodland owners and friends at Fort Hoskins Park, in the Kings Valley area. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided.

Tour following the picnic is a short drive up the road to the Schmidt Family Forest, Hoskins property.

Date: Saturday August 6, 2016

Time: 12:00 Noon

Location: Fort Hoskins Park

Directions: From Corvallis take Hwy 20 west to the Kings Valley Hwy 223. Turn right on Hwy 223 and go about 5 miles. Turn left on Hoskins road. The entrance to the park is on the right about a mile from Hwy 223


Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

2016 tour and picnic/potluck will be at Joe and Shirley Holmberg’s property .Save the date and watch for more details.


Date: Aug 20, 2016

Time: 4:00-7:30pm