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

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Columbia County Summer Woodland Tour

Saturday, July 26, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Vernonia

The hosts for the annual Columbia County Small Woodlands Association/OSU Extension summer tour are Randy and Bonnie Holce. Highlights of the walking tour include a pole marking demonstration, a discussion of wildife set-aside areas, a commercial thinning in progress, and plenty of local area history. Lunch is provided. RSVP is necessary. For all the details, see this flyer.


Oak Conservation Workshop

Thursday, July 31st, 1:00—5:00 pm, Dallas

Northwest Natural Resources Group and Willamette Partnership are hosting a workshop on measurement tools to evaluate oak woodland habitat quality. Topics: background on oak conservation in the Willamette Valley, explanation of the measurement tool, hands-on training, and case studies by landowners who have put oak restoration into practice. More details on this flyer. For more information and to register, contact meagan@nnrg.org, (503) 545-8685.


Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Tree Farmer of the Year Tour and BBQ

Tuesday, August 5th, 5:30 pm, 24001 NE Ellis Ln, Newberg

Brian and Barbara Doyle are this year’s hosts and county Tree Farmer of the Year nominees. Yamhill Small Woodlands Association will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and beverages. Bring a side dish if you like. Tour will begin at 7:00 pm following dinner. Please RSVP for food planning to Hal Hagglund, 503-843-2173 or hal.elin@gmail.com.


Twilight Tour - Native Plant Restoration

Thursday, August 14th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 78210 Rutters Rd., Clatskanie

Are you interested in adding native plant diversity on your property? This event will interest you. Paul Wilson and Linda Farris have been actively restoring a range of native grasses, shrubs, and trees to what was a neglected, invasives-filled hillside on their small woodland property. We will see how they propagate their own plant materials, are creating a small oak meadow, a native hedgerow, and adding plant diversity to a young tree plantation. No RSVP needed. Plan for walking up and downhill short distances on gravel. Located 0.1 mile past Quincy Grange; for detailed directions, call the Extension office, 503-397-3462.


Rural Living Field Day

Saturday, August 23rd, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Howell Territiorial Park, Sauvie Island

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners. The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day. Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, crops and health soil, horse health and manure composting. The event is organized by our local Soil & Water Conservation Districts. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.wmswcd.org and click on “Events.” The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families. Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch!


Cut-to-Length Thinning Demonstration

Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, time TBD, Miller Woods, McMinnville

There is a thinning operation scheduled this summer at Miller Woods. The contractor uses a mechanized cut-to-length harvester and forwarder, capable of moving in tight spaces, minimizing soil disturbance, and maximizing log output. We will see the equipment in action and discuss the pros and cons. Time and other details TBD - check back soon.


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.