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"

Know Your Woodland Plants: Plant Identification Walks - Benton County

Join us for a casual evening plant ID walk walk with the forester to learn common trees, shrubs and other plants find and talk about their place in the forest. Come prepared for the weather, and remember the possibility of encountering poison oak. Families welcome!  See flyer for details. 

Walk 1

Date: Tuesday May 9, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Beazell Memorial Forest, Kings Valley Hwy. Philomath

Walk 2 

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Woodpecker Loop, Finley Wildlife Refuge, Hwy 99W, South Corvallis

Registration not required, but RSVP is appreciated. Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 

Wildland Fire Info for Small Woodlands

Join us for an evening tour on wildland fire and how it applies to small woodland owners. Topics will include:

• causes of fire

• fire prevention

• fighting fire

• defensible space around homes and buildings.

Speakers include Dan Leavell, OSU Extension Klamath Falls, Bill Mahr and others from Oregon Department of Forestry who will be bringing equipment to demonstrate. Together these speakers bring extensive background in fighting wildland, as well as structural fires. Yes, a wet spring is a great time to learn about wildfire!

Date: May 11, 2017

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm

Location: Meet at 4:00 at the ODFW office visitor parking area, 7118 NE Vandenberg Ave, Adair Village. We will carpool to site near Airlie (where parking is very limited).

RSVP required, send by email (please include phone and number attending) or call 541-766-6750

Oregon Season Tracker Training

OSU Extenison citizen science program observing and reporting precipitation and seasonal plant changes like leaf buds.  Participants take a self paced online training at home (approx. 2 hrs) and then attend one classroom hands-on session to practice protocols, ask questions, and pick up you rain gauge. Visit the Oregon Season Tracker website to learn more.

Classroom session: Saturday May 13, 2017 in Portland, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $40 per family sharing materials/$30 for Linn County residents requesting a LCEA grant discount

To register  online 

For information contact Jody or call 541-766-6311

Oak Habitat and Upland Prairie Restoration & Management for Landowners Workshop and Tour

Ecological restoration done cooperatively with many agency and non-profit partners. You will view oak woodlands and wet and dry prairies intermingled with conifer stands managed for timber production. Management to restore oak woodlands and enhance habitat for the endangered Fender’s Blue Butterflies and other rare prairie species will be discussed by local experts. 

The walking tour walk over two miles on uneven ground, gradually gain almost one thousand feet in elevation with possible exposure to poison oak. Recommend sturdy boots and long pants. The view when you reach the ridgetop is worth the effort. Lunch provided. For more details 

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location: 35200 Northernwood Drive, Brownsville, OR 97327-9713

RSVP required to: bjoyce@calapooia.org or call 541 466-3493. Space may be limited.

Starker Lecture Series Capstone Fieldtrip “Recreation in the Forest”

The field trip will explore the idea of finding a Healthy Balance between recreation and other forest management activities and objectives. We will visit several local ownerships and hear from managers of both public and private lands as well as recreationists about the relationship, when and how it works and when it maybe does not. See website for details  

Dates: Wed. May 17, 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, lunch provided

Register online by May 10th

Meet at the Fairgrounds parking lot, at the corner of SW 53rd St. and SW Reservoir Ave.

Please come dressed for the weather of the day. 

Marion - Polk Chapter OSWA Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday May 20, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for social time

Location: Scottish Rite Temple, South Salem

Get Outdoors Day

Discover the forest in your backyard.  A free family event with fun outdoor activities.

Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Peavy Arboretum, Corvallis

Know Your Woodland Plants Walk & Forest History Tour - Linn County

Join us for a fun evening learning about the local forests, historically and today. Start with a guided tour of the Canyon Life Museum sharing early settlement, logging and mining history of the North Santiam Canyon. Then travel a short distance for a casual plant identification walk with a forester to learn common trees, shrubs and other plants we find and talk about their place in the forest. Come prepared for the weather, and remember the possibility of encountering poison oak. Families welcome!  See flyer for details. 

Date: Tuesday June 6, 2017

Museum Tour: 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Location: Canyon Life Museum, 143 Wall St. Mill City

Native Plant Walk: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Fisherman's Bend Recreation Site, (1.5 miles west of Mill City)

Registration not required, but RSVP is appreciated. Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750. Plant ID guides Trees to Know in Oregon and Shrubs to Know in Oregon available for purchase at the museum site.

Benton Co. Small Woodlands Assoc. Summer Picnic

Annual potluck picnic at the Pat and Betsy Boren property in the Kings Valley area. This social event will also include a short tour, so dress accordingly. Drinks and table service will be provided. Bring your favorite dish and an outdoor chair if you have one.

Date: July 15th

Time: 11:30 – 3pm

Location: 22872 Burgett Creek Road

Directions: Take Hwy 20 west from Philomath. Turn right at Wren onto Kings Valley Hwy (223). Proceed about 3.5 miles to Alexander Rd and turn left. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Burgett Creek Rd. Pat and Betsy’s place is past the Girl Scout Camp, at the end of the road about 1 mile from Alexander Rd.