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

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Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Wednesday, October 28nd, 6:30 pm social/7:00 pm meeting, Yamhill County OSU Extension Auditorium (2050 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville)

There will be a discussion on wildfire preparedness with representatives from Oregon Department of Forestry.


Washington County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00pm, North Plains Fire Station (31370 NW Commercial St.)

A four-member panel of professional foresters and landowners will discuss best practices for pre-commercial thinning, harvesting, and invasives.


Fish Passage and Habitat Workshops

North Coast - October 27th, Seaside
Willamette Valley - October 29th, Salem

Free, one-day workshops organized by Oregon Forest Resources Institute in collaboration with various partners. Each workshop will provide technical assistance, tools and resources to guide landowners with fish habitat and passage projects. Half the day will be spent in the classroom, and the remainder in the field visiting recent fish passage and habitat projects. Especially for family forest landowners, these types of projects can be tricky to tackle. The workshops will help landowners get the information they need to plan successful projects. Both workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Oct. 18th. Register online for the Seaside or Salem workshops


Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30 pm social/7:00 pm meeting, Yamhill County OSU Extension Auditorium (2050 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville)

There will be a discussion on earthquake preparedness– Are you ready for the big one?


Ties to the Land 

Saturday, December 5th, 10 am - 3 pm, Pacific University, Forest Grove

Ties to the Land focuses on succession planning, the human side of estate planning. This workshop will focus on strategies to maintain family ties to the land from one generation to the next; building awareness of the key challenges facing family businesses; and motivating families to address the challenges. It is a facilitated and interactive workshop with DVD-based components that provides effective tools families can use to decide the future of their land. Fee is $50/family (up to three members) and $10 for each extra family member. Fee includes lunch and one copy of the Ties to the Land workbook and DVD per family.  Registration form


Basic Woodland Management Short Course 2016- Save the Date!

Tuesday evenings, 2/9 to 3/1, McMinnville


Forestry in Scandinavia - 2016 Tour - Register by Oct. 1

May 27-June 14, 2016

The Oregon Woodland Cooperative has organized a forestry tour to Scandinavia especially for family forestland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. Full details at http://www.oregonwoodlandcooperative.com/scandinavia-forestry-tourReservation deadline: Oct. 1


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.

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