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

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Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Annual Tree Farm Tour and Picnic

Thursday, July 21st, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, McMinnville

Susan Watkins and Arnie Hollander Tree Farm—Yamhill County Tree Farmer of 2016. What will 25 years of hard labor do for a deforested hillside? Come see the work Arnie and Susan have done to arrive at a diverse forest. See an oak restoration project in progress, stream side rehabilitation, the largest madrone in Yamhill County and a unique home. You will want to come for the food (provided) and the tour. Bring a chair and share the evening with friends. Directions to 13440 SW McCabe Chapel Road, McMinnville: From McMinnville take Highway 18 toward the coast. Turn right onto Masonville Road (before the dump). Take first left on McCabe Chapel Road. Turn right on the gravel road just past a graying barn (marked with the address, 13440).

Columbia County Small Woodlands Association Summer Woodland Tour

Saturday, July 23rd, Cedar Row Farm, Mist

Coffee/donuts at 8:00 am. Tour begins at 9:00 am. The 155-acre farm along the Nehalem River is managed by CCSWA member Eve Lonnquist and family. Tour highlights: young alder plantations, recent thinning project and equipment demo, riparian tree planting, and firewood bundling and marketing through the Oregon Woodland Cooperative. BBQ lunch provided by CCSWA (non-members please consider a donation to cover your lunch cost). RSVP by July 17th to Mark Dreyer: 503-369-9592 or mdreyer51@msn.com. Directions: from the junction of Hwy 47 and Hwy 202 in Mist, follow Hwy 202 north for 4.3 miles. Turn right on Fishhawk Rd. Cross the Nehalem River and take the first right onto Lonnquist Rd. Follow signs for parking.

Washington County Small Woodlands Field Tour at Chehalem Ridge

Saturday, July 23rd, 9 am at Chehalem Ridge Metro Property

Active oak savanna restoration, results of 4 years of cut-to-length thinning in young plantations, and thinning in a mature mixed fir/madrone/oak woodland. For details and directions contact www.wcswa.com.

WOWNet Field Tour: Adante Vineyard

Thursday, July 28, 10:30 am at Adante Vineyard (Newberg)

Adante Vineyard focuses not only on grape management but also on forest management practices, including Oak restoration. It is going to be a very unique WOWNet tour and will include a tour of the vineyard and potentially some samples of the wine produced at Adante. Lunch will be provided. Call or email Tiffany Fegel to register: tiffany.fegel@oregonstate.edu or (971) 409-4030

Monroe Oak Mill Tour

Friday, August 26th, 9 am, 1335 W. Main St., Sheridan

Sponsored by Marion/Polk Small Woodlands Association. Tour of family-owned mill that processes Oregon white oak and other hardwoods. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a hard hat.



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.

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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