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

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Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse - CLASS FULL

February 2nd - March 7th, 2015, 6:00 - 8:30, St. Helens

This course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered include: site evaluation, tree biology and forest ecology, tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control, timber sale logistics and laws & regulations. Course is held on four Monday evenings + a Saturday field session. Course fee: $40/individual or $50/couple. See flyer for more details.

 

Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale

February 5th - 7th; McMinnville
Pre-order deadline: January 30th

For plant lists and ordering info: http://yamhillswcd.org/

 

Oregon Season Trackers - a citizen science workshop

Wednesday, March 4th; Hoyt Arboretum, Portland

Become an Oregon Season Tracker "citizen scientist" and help monitor precipitation and seasonal plant growth.  You'll learn how to become part of two national citizen science networks, CoCoRaHS and Nature's Notebook, to collect and report your observations.  You'll develop a better understanding of the climate and weather around your home and help researchers at the same time. Cost: $35 includes an approved rain gauge. See flyer for more information.

 

Washington County Small Woodlands Association Native Plant Sale

Saturday, March 14th; Bales Thriftway, Aloha

Check www.wcswa.com for information. Proceeds go to scholarships for OSU Forestry students.

 

Columbia County Small Woodlands Association Seedling Sale

Saturday, March 14th; Lawrence Oil (Pacific Pride), St. Helens

First come, first serve. Arrive early for best selection! Forestry and horticultural varieties are available.

 

Tree School

Saturday, March 21st; Clackamas Community College in Oregon City

Classes fill fast, so register early. View the catalog online.

 

Women Owning Woodlands Network: Polk/Marion/Yamhill region

Saturday, April 18th, Rickreall; 11:00 am walk in the woods and 1:00 pm potluck discussion

Take a walk in the woods at WOWNet member Sarah's property. Sarah has 1300+ acres with about 40% hardwood and 60% conifer, plus a small sawmill where they process local hardwood into lumber and flooring. Sarah considers their forest a "working forest" under a permanent conservation easement so they have ongoing oak restoration projects. Join us for some great discussion about these activities and more! Following the walk we will have a potluck so please bring your favorite lunchtime snack to share with everyone. RSVP to Tiffany Fegel, WOWnet coordinator.

 

Women Owning Woodlands Network: Columbia/Washington region

Saturday, May 2nd, Clatskanie; 11:00 am walk in the woods and 1:00 pm potluck discussion

Take a walk in the woods at WOWNet member Linda's property. Linda has a home on 16 acres that was clear cut in 2001 that they have been trying to "put back together" since the scotch broom took over. It was replanted in 2002 and then again in 2009. The property is home to many beautiful wildflowers that should be in bloom at the time of our walk. Join us for some great discussion about everything happening on Linda’s property and more! Following the walk we will have a potluck so please bring your favorite lunchtime snack to share with everyone. RSVP to Tiffany Fegel, WOWnet coordinator.

 

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.