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Upcoming Forestry & Natural Resources Events Around Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties
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Oregon Forest Fair - An Expo and Educational Event
Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 to 5:00 at Chemeketa Community College, Salem
Dozens of exhibits representing a large range of forest products and services. Four educational panel presentations. Free and open to the public. Food and drink available for purchase. Sponsored by Oregon Small Woodlands Association. Flyer
Twilight Tour - Thinning at the Keasey Tree Farm
Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 14504 Keasey Rd, Vernonia
Join us for an informal tour and discussion of several thinning projects accomplished over the years at the Keasey Tree Farm. We will plan to visit three stands: one thinned in 2014 with a mechanized processor; one thinned with the same equipment 10 years ago; and a 60-yr-old stand which has been selectively cut. Dennis Nelson, the tour host, Master Woodland Manager and CCSWA board member will lead the tour. No RSVP needed.
An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Practices
Wednesday, July 8th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Salem
Please join us for this multi-media informational forum! The day will be filled introducing you to Pacific Northwest Agroforestry and Woodland Practices. It is not just about growing trees. It is so much more!!!! We have prepared a day of short presentations, videos, and photo tours related to agroforestry, woodland management, riparian buffers and ecological conservation. We will also share with you several resources to inspire and improve your knowledge on agroforestry and woodland management. Organized by Marion and Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation Districts. FREE, but registration is required. Flyer
Mechanized Thinning Demonstration and BBQ at Miller Woods
Friday, July 10th, 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Miller Woods, 15580 Orchard View Rd, McMinnville
Come view an active thinning operation and see Ponsse harvesting and forwarding equipment in action. BBQ following the tour. Hamburgers and hotdogs provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sponsored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District. RSVP to Mary King, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-472-6403
Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Summer Picnic
Wednesday, July 22nd, 5:30 pm, 19220 NE Williamson Rd, Newberg
Terry Lane hosts this year’s summer picnic. BBQ provided, courtesy of YSWA. Following the picnic Terry will lead a walking tour of his woodland. Highlights include a giant Douglas-fir tree, a culvert replacement project, and a firewood splitter and wrapper.
Columbia County Small Woodlands Association/OSU Extension Summer Woodland Tour
Saturday, July 25th, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Just-A-Mere Farm, Rainier
The Skeans family (three-time Columbia County tree farmers of the year) hosts this year's tour. Coffee and pastries at 8:30, tree farm tour at 9:00, and BBQ picnic lunch provided. After lunch, stick around for a presentation by Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire division about fire season safety and preparedness. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes. Required RSVP to Vicki Krenz at the OSU Extension office at 503-397-3462 or email@example.com by July 17th (Family is welcome; please include number of visitors in your RSVP). Flyer
Twilight Tour- Vince and Kathy Family Apiary Tree Farm
Wednesday, August 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 69301 Apiary Rd, Rainier
The Cooney Family hosts this twilight tour. There will be interesting plantings of commercial trees grown in Oregon, including Douglas-fir, Western redcedar, Willamette Valley ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, and Port-Orford-cedar. There will be an easy walk about 1.5 miles (shelter provided for those who do not wish to walk). Coffee, water, and snacks provided.
Washington County Small Woodlands Association– Howdy Neighbor Tour
Saturday, August 15th, 8:30 am (lunch provided), The Ridge Tree Farm, North Plains
This tour is hosted by John and Cathy Dummer. There will be learning stations with presentations on: The Ridge Tree Farm history and management plan, forest inventory systems and management planning, diseases, wildlife, and silviculture options and markets. RSVP TBA
Matteson College Forest Field Days
Also, many educational programs are sponsored by local chapters of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and are open to the public. Visit www.oswa.org to find out about chapters in Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.