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

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Women Owning Woodlands Workshop

Saturday, October 17th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Hopkins Demonstration Forest, Oregon City

This workshop will provide networking and educational opportunities for women woodland owners. The classes include: Chainsaw maintenance (bring your personal saw!), planning for the future (how to prepare for potential sole ownership), a tree identification hike, and more! Space at the workshop is limited to 50 women. There is a registration fee of $15 that covers snacks, lunch, workshop supplies, and a tshirt. Contact: Tiffany Fegel, 971-409-4030. Agenda and Registration form


Build Local Alliance Fall Showcase– Western Juniper & the Build Local Challenge Award

Wednesday, October 21st, 6:00 pm— 8:00 pm, Bison Building 421 NE 10th Ave. Portland

Join the Build Local Alliance for a fun evening of networking and learning, and hear about exciting new approaches to managing and working with Western Juniper. Register


Woodland Ponds Workshop

Monday, October 19th, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Miller Woods, McMinnville

Ponds can enhance the scenic, recreation, wildlife, and fire protection values on a woodland property. This workshop taught by OSU Extension Specialist Steve Bowers will cover the practical aspects of starting a successful ponds project on your property. $10 per individual/family (covers cost of field guide copy). See flyer for more details. The workshop is currently full, but you may register to be put on the waiting list. Register


Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Wednesday, October 22nd, 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.