Upcoming Forestry & Natural Resources Events Around Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties


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OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources programs

(a full statewide event listing is available here)

Oregon Season Tracker citizen science training

Oregon Season Tracker (OST) is a citizen science program that gathers information about local weather and seasonal changes. The data collected by OST volunteers helps scientists here in Oregon and beyond fill gaps in data and expand the scope of their research. Help produce the science that informs our weather forecasts, emergency respsonses, and understanding of climate trends! Sign up for the OST program. You will take an on-line training at home, then attend a local classroom session for skill building, Q&A, and to receive your program-approved rain gauge. Learn more about OST here.

OST Online Spring Training: opens March 1st, 2018 (2-3 hrs on your own schedule)
Skill Building Session: Tuesday, March 20th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Vernonia Public Library
$40 includes all materials and rain gauge (individuals from same family may register together)
To register: click here or call Sonia at 503-397-3462



Programs of interest sponsored by other organizations

Washington County Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

Sept - April: 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
North Plains Fire Station, 31370 NW Commercial St.
(for more information about WCSWA programs, visit their website)

Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

Sept - April: 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Yamhill Public Works Auditorium, 2050 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville
(for more information about YSWA programs, visit their website)



Washington County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:00pm, North Plains Fire Station (31370 NW Commercial St.)

Brandy Saffell, OSU Extension Education Program Assistant, will discuss early detection of invasive forest pests and an update on the Matteson demonstration forest.


Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Wednesday, April 20th,  6:30pm social/7:00pm meeting, 2050 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville

There will be a presentation on climate change and forests by Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forester for Clackamas, Hood River, and Marion Counties.


Oregon Woodland Cooperative Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 23rd, 9:00am, Zena Forest (near Salem and Rickreall)

Open to non-members! There will be a tour of the property and sawmill, with discussion on small sawmill business, white oak lumber products, and oak and ponderosa pine management. Potluck lunch after the tour. Contact Neil for details and directions at neilschroeder11@gmail.com.


OSU Extension Spring Plant Identification Walks

Saturday, May 7th, 11am—12:30pm, Winter’s Hill Vineyard, Dayton

Saturday, May 14th, 9am—11am, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood

See page 8 for more information.


Columbia County Small Woodlands Association General Meeting

Saturday, May 14th, 5:30pm, Natal Grange, Vernonia

Jennifer Weikel, wildlife biologist with Oregon Dept. of Forestry, will give a presentation on Oregon birds. Dinner will be provided; cost TBD. Please RSVP to Mark Dreyer at (503) 369-9592 or mdreyer51@msn.com with number of guests and dietary restrictions.


Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Annual Banquet

Wednesday, May 25th, 6:00pm social/6:30pm dinner, Yan’s Restaurant, McMinnville

There will be a presentation on railroad logging by Ed Kamholz, author, historian, and rail expert after dinner is served. Cost TBD. Please RSVP to Hal and Elin Hagglund at hal.elin@gmail.com.


Washington County Small Woodlands Association Annual Potluck


There will be a presentation on invasive plants by Rob Emanuel (Clean Water Services) and Tualatin SWCD staff. This event is for members only. For more details, contact Bill Triest at whtriest@gmail.com.


Washington County Small Woodlands Association Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

June 2016, Location TBD

Details TBA. Watch the Washington County SWA website or the Columbia County Extension website for more information in the near future.


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