Extension helps Oregon’s small woodland owners manage their land
Graduates of the Master Woodland Manager program share their knowledge with others
Through its Master Woodland Manager program, the Oregon State University Extension Service educates and informs Oregon’s 70,000 small woodland owners. They learn about topics like management planning, ecology and forest inventory methods. In return for 80 hours of instruction from professional foresters and forestry instructors, the trainees agree to volunteer 80 hours of service to help other small woodland owners.
More than 460 landowners have completed the program since its inception in 1983. In 2012, there were 85 volunteers who contributed 5,260 hours of their time and reported 17,067 contacts with the public, family forestland owners, youth, watershed councils and various other organizations. Their service was valued at nearly $100,000. On average, most Master Woodland Managers have volunteered for almost 10 years. Some have served for more than 20 years.
As a group, Oregon's small woodland owners hold title to almost 5 million acres of the state's forestland, which is 40 percent of total forestland in the state. Family forestland owners annually harvest about 425 million board feet of timber, or about 11 percent of the state’s total annual wood production output.
Source: Nicole Strong, coordinator of the Master Woodland Manager program.