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


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Emerging Voices in Forestry - The Hagenstein Lectures

Sunday, October 9th, World Forestry Center in Portland

Hear from five leaders in the field of forestry under the age of 45. Free but advance tickets required. For more information visit http://www.hagensteinlectures.org/


Land Stewardship Workshop Series

Co-sponsored by Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District & OSU Extension Yamhill County

Have you recently purchased a rural property or are looking to purchase rural property?  This survey workshop series is meant to introduce relevant issues regarding land ownership and provide answers and tips from local experts for new property owners to be successful land managers! Pick and choose the classes you want to attend. 

October 18th, 6-8 pm: Visioning and Conservation Planning for Your Rural Property

October 25th, 6-8pm : Introduction to Oregon Water Rights and Small Woodland Management

November 1st, 6-8pm : Web Soil Survey, Farm Bill Programs for Beginning Farmer/Rancher, Year Round Pasture Management

November 8th, 6-8pm : Tax Assessments for Rural Properties and Noxious Weed Management

See website for more details and to register.  

Women Owning Woodlands Network Weekend Retreat

Nov. 4th - 6th, Silver Falls State Park

Three days of small group workshops and sharing knowledge with other women woodland owners. Cost: $200 covers all food & lodging ($125 for shared room). Registration deadline: Oct. 18. Contact: Tiffany.fegel@oregonstate.edu. Flyer with more details


Columbia County Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

Annual Meeting & Banquet - Saturday, Nov. 12th, 5:30 pm at Quincy Grange

Speaker: Mary Castle, Weyerhaeuser Sr. Engineer will discuss roads and rock pits. Dinner cost: $12/adults or $6/kids under 12. RSVP Mark Dreyer 503-369-9592 or mdreyer51@msn.com


Washington County Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

(for more information about WCSWA programs, visit their website)

Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

(for more information about YSWA programs, visit their website)

4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Yamhill Public Works Auditorium, 2050 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville

September 28th: Oregon Dept. of Forestry District Forester Mike Cafferata will present an overview of the 2016 fire season, target shooting, and and update on Yamhill County forest classification.

October 26th: "Assistance for Woodland Owners": Learn about funding opportunities for conservation practices from Josh Togstad, Wetland and Riparian CREP specialist, and Tom Hoskins, NRCS District Conservationist.

November 16th (third Wed. due to Thanksgiving): "Forest Restoration" presented by Steve Walker of Dupee Valley Timber, LLC. Dupee Valley Timber LLC now owned by Steve Walker has a cutting history spanning three decades.  Of the 1100 acres, 500 acres suffered failed reforestation attempts.  Steve has made the commitment of converting the non-stocked and poorly stocked land into well-stocked Douglas-fir forest and developing some natural oak stands into either oak savannah or oak woodland.  Currently Steve in into year three of a ten-year program.



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.