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)

Carbon Forestry Workshop

Saturday, May 6th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Camp Adams, Molalla

Learn about opportunities to improve forest health resilience, carbon management, and carbon market opportunities and challenges. Co-sponsored by Pinchot Institute for Conservation and OSU Extension. Cost: $10. Information and online registration  


Emerging Forest Health Issues and Best Management Practices to Improve Resilience

May 12th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Vancouver, WA

The main objective for this workshop is to educate natural resource and urban forestry professionals on forest and tree health issues in the NW Oregon/SW Washington and Columbia River Gorge. Website


Oregon Season Tracker Citizen Science Training

Saturday, May 13th, 10 am - noon
Hoyt Arboretum, Portland

The Oregon Season Tracker (OST) program recruits and trains citizen scientist volunteers to collect and report local precipitation data and plant seasonal events like bud break and flowering. OST volunteers track these events in their backyard, on their farms and woodlands, and in schoolyards. They report their data online, making it available to researchers at OSU and across the country.

If you like the outdoors and the idea of contributing to science research...join us!

To register: http://bit.ly/OregonSeasonTrackerTraining

Winter Storm Damage Workshop

May 17th, 7:00 pm, Skyline Grange, 11275 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland

Cleaning up from winter storms? We can help. A group of forest and tree experts will be on hand to give you advice on assessing risk, how to clean up your property, minimize damage to trees and help reduce your risk from storm damage in the future. Speakers: Michael Ahr, West Multnomah SWCD; Amy Grotta, OSU Extension Service; Terry Flanagan, consulting arborist Teragan & Associates. Flyer


Westside Fire Regimes Summit

May 24th - 25th, Vancouver, WA

Join us for a summit on the state of knowledge and available research on fire regimes for forests and grasslands west of the Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington. The summit will provide an opportunity for dialog and interaction between participants, discussion of shared field experiences, and will feature key speakers from the field of fire ecology. The target audience for this event is federal and state land managers, private forest land managers, fire managers, fuel specialists, collaborative groups in the wildland-urban interface, extension faculty, and other technical service providers and educators. Cost: $225. More information


Programs of interest sponsored by other organizations

Washington County Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
North Plains Fire Station, 31370 NW Commercial St.
March 28: Assistance Programs for Washington County Woodland Owners
April 25: Seed and Seedling Availability
(for more information about WCSWA programs, visit their website)

Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Yamhill Public Works Auditorium, 2050 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville
March 22: Legislative update by Seth Barnes
April 26: Forest Landowner Rules with Mike Cafferata
(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.