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2015 Forestry Workshops and Other Events

Web Soil Survey & Other Mapping Tools for Forest and Ag Landowners  July 13

Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop Community College are offering a workshop about using the Web Soil Survey and other internet mapping tools to help you manage your property. A soil survey is an inventory of the different soil types and their location in the county. The Web Soil Survey is a useful web-based tool that was created, and is maintained, by the Natural Resource and Conservation Service. You can use several methods for choosing a location including: an address, Section Range and Township, or Latitude and Longitude. An aerial photo is available so you can select your property. Information is available about what soils are present, their characteristics, agriculture or forest productivity, suitability for using heavy equipment, and much more. However, the Web Soil Survey is not always easy to use. Bring a description of the location
of your property and leave the class with your own Soil Survey Report (an important part of a written management plan). Class will be at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus.  Registration fee is $10 to cover the cost of handout materials. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 9th.  Registration form here.

How Wood Behaves  July 14

Wood is a multilayered, lognocellulosic, visoelastic, thermoplastic, cellular material of biological origin that is both hygroscopic and anisotropic.  If this sounds interesting and you want to learn more, or if you work with wood in the forest industry or work with wood as a hobbyist woodworker this class is designed for you.  Join us for a fun and informative class that will help you understand wood behavior during cutting, shaping and drying, and why wood is such a great structural and aesthetic building material. Class will be at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus on July 14th from 9:00AM – Noon. Registration fee is $10 to cover the cost of handout materials. You must register by Friday July 10th.  Registration form here.  

How Does Wood Stack Up to Other Heating Fuels?  July 15

With fluctuating prices of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity, many people consider heating their homes by burning firewood or wood pellets as a less-costly alternative.  When considering a change in home-heating energy use, it’s a good idea to compare heat content of traditional fuels with wood and wood pellets. The most common measure of heat content in the U.S. is the Btu, or British thermal unit.

Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop Community College are presenting a workshop to discuss traditional heating fuels and their production, consumption and costs. You will learn to use an Excel spreadsheet that makes it easy to compare different types of fuels based on their cost per million Btu of available heat. An OSU publication, Home Heating Fuels, EC 1628-E will be part of the handout materials. Burning wood or wood pellets can be less expensive at a cost per million Btu than natural gas, electricity, heating oil or propane. EC 1628-E also explains how to calculate the payback period for money spent on a new wood stove or insert.

Firewood heating values vary significantly depending on how dry the wood is, and we will discuss the importance of using seasoned wood and good quality wood pellets. Learn why it is important to know the difference in heat value among different tree species.

This class is designed for those homeowners who are thinking about heating their homes with firewood or wood pellets or for those just interested in learning how wood “stacks up” to other types of fuels. The class will be taught at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus on July 15th from 10:00AM – Noon. You must register by Monday, July 13th. Space is limited, so register early.  Registration form here.

How to Measure Your Forest  July 16

The Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop County Community College are offering “How to Measure Your Forest” for woodland owners or for those just interested in learning how forests are measured. Do you have an idea of the species composition, the vigor, and the volume of your forest? If you think it might be important to estimate these forest attributes, this class is designed for you. Learn to use tools that foresters use to collect individual tree data. Learn how to expand individual tree data to a sample that can estimate your timber stand attributes. Class will be at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus on July 16th from 9:00AM - Noon. You must register by July 14th. Cost is $10 per person that includes handout material and a woodland measuring stick. Space is limited, so register early. Registration form here.

Ponds: More than Digging a Hole  July 28

The Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop County Community College are offering a class to discuss the pros and cons of building and maintaining a pond on your property. Ponds can be a highly attractive and functional part of your forest or agriculture property. But, as is often the case with land management objectives, there's more to ponds than just a hole in the ground. This class will present important information on permits, planning, location and design, construction, maintenance, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. This session will assist you in determining whether building a pond is possible and if so, what it takes to enjoy the benefits of having a pond on your property. The class will be taught by OSU Extension Forester Steve Bowers. Class will be at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus, 10:00AM – Noon on July 28th. You must register by July 24th. Cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

The Art & Science of Drying Wood  September 24

The Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop County Community College are offering The Art & Science of Drying Wood for wood industry personnel, portable sawmill operators, woodworkers, or those just interested in learning more about the physics behind wood drying. Join us for a fun and informative class that will help you understand wood behavior – discussion will include checking/cracking, splitting, shrinking/swelling, and warping (cup, bow, crook
and twist) of wood during the drying process – and, what you can do to minimize the negative results of these behaviors. We will also identify those characteristics you have little control over. We will discuss pros and cons of the different methods of drying lumber including air, shed, solar and dehumidification, and talk about how important it is to control the rate of drying. This class will be beneficial to those who have been milling wood for years or for those who are just thinking about processing lumber and drying that lumber. Class will be at the Clatsop Community College
Seaside Campus, 10:00AM – Noon on September 24th. You must register by September 22nd. Cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

Lumber or Drift Wood:  Hands-on Class to Learn How Wood Scientists Identify Wood  September 29

You may have taken a class on identifying plants and trees but do you know how to identify what species of tree a piece of wood came from? The OSU Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop Community College are offering a class on how to identify different woods. This fun and informative class will teach you the basics of how wood scientists identify one piece of wood from another. Learn techniques that will help you identify lumber, or pieces of driftwood. There is a $10 registration fee to help cover the cost of handout materials. The class will be taught at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus on September 29th from 9:00AM – Noon. You must register by Friday, September 25th. Registration form here.

What's Eating My Trees?  September 30

Worried about insects and diseases in your trees? We have had a large outbreak of spruce aphids, tent caterpillars and silver spotted tiger moth caterpillars along the coast this year. Swiss needle cast is on the move eastward. Don’t know what trees infected with Swiss needle cast look like? Insect pests and diseases are always present in our forests but some years are worse than others. Learn how to diagnose some of the more common insects and diseases found in our woodlands. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about conks, root rots, bugs and other critters that might be either eating your trees or using them for a home or nursery. There is a $10 registration fee to help cover the cost of handout materials. The class will be taught at the Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus on September 30th from 10:00AM – Noon. You must register by Monday, September 28th.  Registration form here.

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