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2015 Events and Classes
Miller Family Forestry and Agriculture Tour August 8
Information flyer here.
Managing Your Woodlands- A basic forestry short course TBA
This class is an introduction to forest management for current or potential woodland owners or for those just interested in learning about forest management. It covers what you need to know and who you might want to contact to begin, or imporve on, managing your forest.
Topics covered will include:
- How your forest ecosystem works; Sustaining your forest - protection from pests and fire
- Management plans
- Sources of assistance
- Measuring trees and other resources in your forest
- Regeneration, site prep, planting, weed and animal control
- Fire and your forest
- Mapping and measuring your trees
- The science and art of silviculture - thinning, pruning, fertilizing
- Fish and wildlife on your woodlands
- Taxes and other business necessities
- Creating a plan and a future for your forest
- Harvesting and marketing products from your forest; Forest laws and incentive programs
- And more...
Web Soil Survey & Other Internet Tools for Ag and Forest Landowners TBA
A soil survey is an inventory of the different soil types and their location in the county. The Web Soil Survey is a useful web-based tool that was created, and is maintained, by the Natural Resource and Conservation Service. You can use several methods for choosing a location including: an address, or Section, Range and Township, or Latitude and Longitude. Information is available about what soils are present, their characteristics, agriculture or forest productivity, suitability for heavy equipment, and much more. If you think this type of information would be valuable for you and you are not familiar with the Web Soil Survey, this workshop might be just what you are looking for. Bring a description of your property to the class and develop a Web Soil Survey Report for that property.
The Ins & Outs of Selling Logs - Log Prices are UP! TBA
Conducting a timber sale can be a complicated process for many woodland owners. Many owners will only get one chance, so they need to be sure to get it right! This class will help you with making the right choices when you decide to sell your timber. If you are a landowner thinking of selling some of your timber, or someone just interested in learning about the process, this class might be just what you are looking for.
Understanding Wood Behavior TBA
Wood is a multilayered, lognocellulosic, visoelastic, thermoplastic, cellular material of biological origin that is both hygroscopic and anisotropic. If this sounds interesting and you want to learn more, or if you work with wood in the forest industry or work with wood as a hobbyist woodworker, this class is designed for you. Join us for a fun and informative class that will help you understand wood behavior during cutting, shaping and drying.
Non-timber Special Forest Products TBA
What about those other products in the forest? Timber is not the only valuable product growing in the forest. This class will cover non-timber forest products that can be found throughout Lincoln and surrounding counties. Join us to discuss non-timber products such as mushrooms, floral greens, native plants, firewood and more. A speker from the Washington County Non-timber Cooperative will talk about their successes of woodland owners working together to market and sell non-timber products in the Portland metro area. An owner of a wholesale special forest products company will tell us about his business and what is valuable on your property. Classroom and field - dress appropriately for the weather.
If you would like more information or want to suggest topics for future classes or tours, contact Forestry and Natural Resources Agent Jim Reeb at 541-574-6534.