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

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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 

BOTH OF THESE WORKSHOPS ARE FULL. Please use the registration link below to be added to the wait list. 

Saturday, May 7th, 11am—12:30pm, Winter’s Hill Vineyard (6451 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton)

This walk will be led by Oregon Master Naturalist and botanist Jeanie Taylor. We will cover common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in both conifer forest and oak woodland, with a focus on how native plants can be used in woodland management to attract wildlife. Vineyard owner Emily Gladhart will be on hand to talk beneficial insects and share her experience with cultivating native plants on her property. Bring your binoculars; the property is on the Willamette Valley Birding Trail map and nesting season will be in full swing. Meet at tasting room. 

**You may also join us after the plant walk for lunch and discussion at the Winter’s Hill tasting room from 12:30 – 1:30pm. Bring a bagged lunch. Optional wine tastings available.

Saturday, May 14th, 9am—11am, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19225 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood)

This walk will be led by local botanist Ginny Maffitt. We will identify common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in a riparian setting (i.e. in wet areas near rivers and streams), and you will receive a list of native plants on the refuge with some background about their uses. Check out this article for information about the TRNWR mini-wetland that we will visit during the tour. The paths are gravel, level and ADA-friendly for wheelchairs and walkers. Meet next to restrooms in parking lot.

Information for BOTH plant walks

Dress for the weather and bring:plenty of water; a camera or your phone to take pictures of plants; and your favorite plant identification guide. We will have both Trees to Know and Shrubs to Know available for sale at the walks. If you’d like to purchase a copy, let us know when you register. Space is limited for both of these events. Register online; if you have questions please contact Brandy Saffell by email or by phone at 503-397-3462.

 

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.

 

Washington County Small Woodlands Association Annual Potluck

Tuesday, May 17th, Hanschu Property

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.

 

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 Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Saturday, June 25th, Location TBD

Details TBA. Watch the Washington County SWA website or the Columbia County Extension website for more information in the near future.

 

 

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.

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

May

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.