Thinning Young Stands Field Workshop

Thinning Young Stands Field Workshop Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm, Schlechter Farm, Salem

If you are in the process of growing a young stand of established trees between 5 and 20 years of age, the question of thinning your forest–if, when, and how much–is likely on your mind. Early thinning to space young stands can be the best opportunity to keep your trees growing well and get the work done with relative ease compared to a later pre-commercial thin. But you might already be at the right spacing to go for 20 years. Attend this workshop to help you assess your situation and decide what’s right for you.

The workshop features Douglas-fir stands showing results of earlier thinning, along with younger plantings needing attention in a low-elevation Willamette Valley tree farm. Chuck Schlechter (OSU Master Woodland Manager), his forester, and OSU Extension Foresters will lead participants on a walking tour to explain and discuss the examples demonstrated on the farm. You will learn how to assess the current spacing and condition of your trees and likely outcomes–with and without thinning. Different approaches and methods for thinning young stands will be demonstrated and discussed in the field.

Registration is required but there is no fee. Detailed directions will be provided to registered participants. To register or get more information, call 503-655-8631 or email        

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