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

Small-Scale Tractor Logging Demo

Demonstration and discussion of small-scale tractor logging by Dave Hibbs and John Westall. They have developed a class for the Clackamas Tree School and have offered to share it with those who were unable to attend. Demonstration includes using a farm tractor with a Farmi winch to harvest and yard logs, and the pros and cons of using synthetic rope instead of the traditional steel cables.

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Van pool time: 5:15 pm van leaves Corvallis, from the former Albertson’s parking lot Kings and Circle Blvd.

Demonstration time: 6 - 8 pm

RSVP required as space is limited: email (include contact phone, number attending, and wanting van transportation) or phone OSU Extension 541-766-6750

Location: Hibbs property on Airlie Rd. 

Directions: Parking is limited at the site. Traveling from south please meet van pool at Kings and Circle Blvd. From other locations: Hwy 99W at the blinking light at Airlie Rd. Turn west onto Airlie Rd. and go 5.4 miles to a mailbox on your right with number 14200, between the intersections of Airlie Rd. with Berry Creek Rd. and Sauerkraut Rd. At the mailbox, turn left into the farm yard of Dave’s neighbor and park under the fir trees next to the road. Watch for signs. 

Marys Peak Stewardship Group Field Trip

See restoration activities at Old Peak Meadow done by the City of Corvallis with stewardship funding and learn about the positive results for wildlife populations. Visit Pioneer Butte Meadow where habitat restoration work is planned by the U.S. Forest Service.

Guides will be: Jennifer Ward, City of Corvallis, Ken McCall, Oregon Hunters Association, Dave Veseley, Oregon Wildlife Institute, Matt Schultz, Institute for Applied Ecology, Mark Miller, Trout Mountain Forestry, Marty Stein & Brenda Barton, Siuslaw National Forest

Date: Wednesday July 13th

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00 pm

Location: meet OR Department of Forestry on Hwy 34 west of Philomath

Bring: Sack dinner, water

For more information and to RSVP, contact:

Jane Barth, Marys Peak Stewardship Group jbbarth@comcast.net 541-760- 4693 

Summer Picnic Potluck/Linn Chapter Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc. 

Hosted at Henry & Mollie Wolthius property, Pebble Springs Tree Farm. Family event including wagon rides, hiking, games, and a guided tree farm tour. Please bring a salad, dessert, or other dish of your choice. Hamburgers will be provided by the Wolthius family, drinks are provided by our chapter.

Date: Saturday July 30, 2016

Time: 11:00am -3:00pm

Location: travel east from Sweet Home on Hwy 20 (approx. 3 miles) to Wiley creek road and turn right (south). After approximately 1.5 miles the Pebble Springs Tree Farm Sign will be on the left. Park along the south side of the driveway or between the house and barn, and walk downhill to the picnic area. Look for Tree Farm tour signs to guide the way. This event coincides with the Sweet Home Jamboree Music Festival, so traffic may be busy going through town. 

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

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

Time: 4:00 to 7:30 pm.

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