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

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Oregon Forest Fair - An Expo and Educational Event

Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 to 5:00 at Chemeketa Community College, Salem

Dozens of exhibits representing a large range of forest products and services. Four educational panel presentations. Free and open to the public. Food and drink available for purchase. Sponsored by Oregon Small Woodlands Association. Flyer


Twilight Tour - Thinning at the Keasey Tree Farm

Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 14504 Keasey Rd, Vernonia

Join us for an informal tour and discussion of several thinning projects accomplished over the years at the Keasey Tree Farm. We will plan to visit three stands: one thinned in 2014 with a mechanized processor; one thinned with the same equipment 10 years ago; and a 60-yr-old stand which has been selectively cut. Dennis Nelson, the tour host, Master Woodland Manager and CCSWA board member will lead the tour. No RSVP needed.


An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Practices

Wednesday, July 8th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Salem

Please join us for this multi-media informational forum! The day will be filled introducing you to Pacific Northwest Agroforestry and Woodland Practices. It is not just about growing trees. It is so much more!!!! We have prepared a day of short presentations, videos, and photo tours related to agroforestry, woodland management, riparian buffers and ecological conservation. We will also share with you several resources to inspire and improve your knowledge on agroforestry and woodland management. Organized by Marion and Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation Districts. FREE, but registration is required. Flyer


Mechanized Thinning Demonstration and BBQ at Miller Woods

Friday, July 10th, 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Miller Woods, 15580 Orchard View Rd, McMinnville

Come view an active thinning operation and see Ponsse harvesting and forwarding equipment in action. BBQ following the tour. Hamburgers and hotdogs provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sponsored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District. RSVP to Mary King, yamhillswcd@frontier.com or 503-472-6403


Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Summer Picnic

Wednesday, July 22nd, 5:00 pm picnic social, 7:00 pm tour, 19220 NE Williamson Rd, Newberg

Terry Lane hosts this year’s summer picnic.  BBQ provided, courtesy of YSWA. Following the picnic Terry will lead a walking tour of his woodland. Highlights include a giant Douglas-fir tree, a culvert replacement project, and a firewood splitter and wrapper. RSVP to hal.elin@gmail.com or 503-843-2173.


Columbia County Small Woodlands Association/OSU Extension Summer Woodland Tour

Saturday, July 25th, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Just-A-Mere Farm, Rainier

The Skeans family (three-time Columbia County tree farmers of the year) hosts this year's tour. Coffee and pastries at 8:30, tree farm tour at 9:00, and BBQ picnic lunch provided. After lunch, stick around for a presentation by Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire division about fire season safety and preparedness. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes. Required RSVP to Vicki Krenz at the OSU Extension office at 503-397-3462 or vicki.krenz@oregonstate.edu by July 17th (Family is welcome; please include number of visitors in your RSVP). Flyer

Twilight Tour- Vince and Kathy Family Apiary Tree Farm

Wednesday, August 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 69301 Apiary Rd, Rainier

The Cooney Family hosts this twilight tour. There will be interesting plantings of commercial trees grown in Oregon, including Douglas-fir, Western redcedar, Willamette Valley ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, and Port-Orford-cedar. There will be an easy walk about 1.5 miles (shelter provided for those who do not wish to walk). Coffee, water, and snacks provided.


Washington County Small Woodlands Association– Howdy Neighbor Tour

Saturday, August 15th, 8:30 am (lunch provided), The Ridge Tree Farm, North Plains

This tour is hosted by John and Cathy Dummer. There will be learning stations with presentations on: The Ridge Tree Farm history and management plan, forest inventory systems and management planning, diseases, wildlife, and silviculture options and markets. Please Register/RSVP by August 7th by emailing oswaevents@gmail.com or calling (503) 588-1813. Flyer


Rural Living Field Day

Saturday, August 22nd, 8:30 am - 2 pm, Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event sponsored by West Multnomah, Tualatin and Columbia Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Oregon Small Woodland Association. Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, streamside areas, orchards, crops and health soil, horse health and manure composting. $15/person or $20/two includes lunch. Register at www.wmswcd.org or contact carolyn@wmswcd.org. Registration Information Flyer


Forestry in Scandinavia - 2016 Tour

May 27-June 14, 2016

The Oregon Woodland Cooperative has organized a forestry tour to Scandinavia especially for family forestland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. Full details at http://www.oregonwoodlandcooperative.com/scandinavia-forestry-tourReservation deadline: Oct. 1


Matteson College Forest Field Days

Summer 215

Details TBA

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.