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

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Twilight Tour - Native Plant Restoration

Thursday, August 14th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 78210 Rutters Rd., Clatskanie

Are you interested in adding native plant diversity on your property? This event will interest you. Paul Wilson and Linda Farris have been actively restoring a range of native grasses, shrubs, and trees to what was a neglected, invasives-filled hillside on their small woodland property. We will see how they propagate their own plant materials, are creating a small oak meadow, a native hedgerow, and adding plant diversity to a young tree plantation. No RSVP needed. Plan for walking up and downhill short distances on gravel. Located 0.1 mile past Quincy Grange; for detailed directions, call the Extension office, 503-397-3462.


Rural Living Field Day

Saturday, August 23rd, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Howell Territiorial Park, Sauvie Island

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners. The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day. Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, crops and health soil, horse health and manure composting. The event is organized by our local Soil & Water Conservation Districts. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.wmswcd.org and click on “Events.” The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families. Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch!


Oregon Season Tracker - a Citizen Science Workshop

Friday, Sept. 12, 10 am - 2 pm; Miller Woods, McMinnville

Do you want to learn more about the microclimate of where you live? Do you want to contribute to our understanding of the weather and its effect on plants and animals? Become an Oregon Season Tracker “Citizen Scientist” and help monitor seasonal patterns of precipitation (rain and snow) and phenology (timing of natural processes such as bud break). You will be helping OSU Extension and HJ Andrews Experimental Forest scientists develop a better understanding of weather and how it affects plants. Your contribution may be especially valuable if you live, or have property in a remote rural area or at higher elevations.

$35 registration includes snacks, a rain gauge, and workshop materials. Flyer with details


Cut-to-Length Thinning Demonstration

Date TBD, Miller Woods, McMinnville

There is a thinning operation scheduled this fall at Miller Woods. The contractor uses a mechanized cut-to-length harvester and forwarder, capable of moving in tight spaces, minimizing soil disturbance, and maximizing log output. We will see the equipment in action and discuss the pros and cons. Original Sept. 3 date is POSTPONED due to contractor's schedule. New time and other details TBD - check back soon.


Wildlife in Managed Forests: Songbirds and Early Seral Habitat

November 18th, 8 am - 4 pm, Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany

Land managers, landowners and biologists are invited to spend a day learning about migratory songbirds and the importance of early seral habitats. The goal of this one-day symposium is to advance our understanding of early seral habitats and how to manage for the species that depend on it. 

This symposium is FREE. Space is limited so please register early.


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.