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)

Field Tour - Matteson Demonstration  Forest

Thursday, August 10th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Road improvements and harvest planning are underway at the Matteson Demonstration Forest near Hagg Lake. At this tour we will look at and discuss:

  • Preliminary road work including profiling and ditch work in preparation for rocking
  • A new staging area and summer access road recently developed
  • Roadside vegetation control
  • Inventory, layout and sample marking for a cut-to-length thinning to be implemented summer 2018

OSU Research Forests and Extension staff will be on hand to lead the tour.

Please RSVP to amy.grotta@oregonstate.edu.
Please bring water, closed toed shoes and a hard hat (extras will be available). This will be a walking tour. A vehicle will be available for those needing extra assistance.

Directions: From Hwy 47 south of Forest Grove, take the turnoff for Hagg Lake/SW Scoggins Valley Rd. Go past the Stimson Mill and the entrance booth for the Hagg Lake Recreation Area. Turn left on West Shore Rd. to go over the dam. After crossing the dam continue about 2 miles on West Shore Rd. and turn left on SW Hankins Rd. The forest entrance is about 1/4 mile up the road.


Programs of interest sponsored by other organizations


Many Shapes and Sizes:  A Tour of "Good Wood" Management and Products

Saturday, August 12 - Hopkins Demonstration Forest
Tour the demonstration forest with diverse ecosystems and management approaches, and then go to a local small scale sawmill to talk about wood products. Sponsored by Build Local Alliance.
For details see: http://tinyurl.com/BLAsummertour2017


Washington County Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

Sept - April: 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
North Plains Fire Station, 31370 NW Commercial St.
(for more information about WCSWA programs, visit their website)

Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Chapter Programs

Sept - April: 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Yamhill Public Works Auditorium, 2050 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville
(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.