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)

Twilight Tour - Perkins Creek Restoration

Wednesday, July 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Clatskanie

Come to a Twilight Tour to see how private woodland owners implemented a stream habitat project near Clatskanie. The Richen family worked with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to plan and install five logjams in Perkins Creek in 2016. See how the stream is changing to provide better conditions for salmon and trout. Hear from members of the Richen family and a biologist from ODFW about the project. All are welcome. Please RSVP: 503-397-3462

Directions from Clatskanie: From Hwy 30 follow signs for Swedetown Rd. Take 0.2 miles to Olson Rd. Follow Olson Rd. for 2.2 miles and look for entrance to property on the left, immediately after Olson Rd. crosses Perkins Creek.



Programs of interest sponsored by other organizations


Yamhill County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour and BBQ

Thursday, July 13th - 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Ed and Trish Zakocs' Tree Farm near Yamhill

Yamhill Small Woodlands Assoc. will supply table service, drinks, burgers, hot dogs, and condiments. Please bring a side dish or dessert. After eating, Dan Upton, consulting forester, will lead a tour of the property.
Please RSVP to Hal & Elin Hagglund by July 10th at hal.elin@gmail.com or 503-843-2173 if attending. Directions to the property will be provided upon RSVP.


Washington County Tree Farmer of the Year "Neighbor to Neighbor" Woods Tour

Saturday, July 15th - Steve and Lynn Harrel's Scotch Berry Tree Farm near Manning

The tour will begin with coffee and donuts at 8:00 am and conclude with lunch. Experts in forest thinning, forest diseases and wildlife will discuss these topics with participants. There will be lots of opportunities for questions and answers. A panel of family forest owners will also provide insights with the theme "So you bought a piece of timber property... what now?" The panel discussion will happen just after the tours and before lunch.
Directions: Take Hwy 6 past the town of Banks. Turn right after milepost 46. Take quick left for 3½ miles on Cedar Canyon to Hayward Rd. Turn right. Harrel’s tree farm is 2nd farm on left. 53227 Hayward Rd. Do not use GPS.


Columbia County Small Woodlands Association Summer Picnic

Saturday, July 22nd, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Mist - Birkenfeld Fire Station

Tour of Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Station, ODF talk and fire demo, vendors, firewood processing, elk fencing. BBQ lunch catered by Sunshine Pizza. Lunch free for CCSWA members; $16 for non-members. RSVP to Mark Dreyer: 503-369-9592 or mdreyer51@msn.com by July 19. Flyer with schedule and details


Hyla Woods Field Tour & Forest Stewards Guild Gathering

Saturday, July 29th, 9 am - 7 pm, Mt. Richmond Forest near Gaston

Sponsored by the Forest Stewards Guild. Full day field tour/discussion followed by evening pub gathering. Cost $25 includes food. Full details and registration here.


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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