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2015 Events and Classes

Miller Family Forestry and Agriculture Tour  August 8

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Web Soil Survey & Other Mapping Tools for Forest and Ag Landowners October 14

This workshop is designed around using the Web Soil Survey and other internet mapping tools to help you manage your property. 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, Section Range and Township, or Latitude and Longitude. An aerial photo is available so you can select your property. Information is available about what soils are present, their characteristics, agriculture or forest productivity, suitability for using heavy equipment, and much more. However, the Web Soil Survey is not always easy to use. Bring a description of the location of your property and leave the class with your own Soil Survey Report (an important part of a written management plan). Class will be at the Oregon Coast Community College Lincoln City campus,3788 SE High School Drive, Lincoln City. Registration fee is $10 to help cover the cost of handout materials.  Registration form here.

How Wood Behaves  October 3

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, and why wood is such a great structural and aesthetic building material. Class will be at the new OSU Lincoln County Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd in Newport. Registration fee is $10 to help cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

How Does Wood Stack Up to Other Heating Fuels?  October 10

With fluctuating prices of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity, many people consider heating their homes by burning firewood or wood pellets as a less-costly alternative.  When considering a change in home-heating energy use, it’s a good idea to compare heat content of traditional fuels with wood and wood pellets. The most common measure of heat content in the U.S. is the Btu, or British thermal unit.

During this workshop we'll discuss traditional heating fuels and their production, consumption and costs. You will learn to use an Excel spreadsheet that makes it easy to compare different types of fuels based on their cost per million Btu of available heat. An OSU publication, Home Heating Fuels, EC 1628-E will be part of the handout materials. Burning wood or wood pellets can be less expensive at a cost per million Btu than natural gas, electricity, heating oil or propane. EC 1628-E also explains how to calculate the payback period for money spent on a new wood stove or insert.

Firewood heating values vary significantly depending on how dry the wood is, and we will discuss the importance of using seasoned wood and good quality wood pellets. Learn why it is important to know the difference in heat value among different tree species.

This class is designed for those homeowners who are thinking about heating their homes with firewood or wood pellets or for those just interested in learning how wood “stacks up” to other types of fuels. Class will be at the new OSU Lincoln County Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd in Newport. Registration fee is $10 to help cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

How to Measure Your Forest  October 17

This class is designed for woodland owners or for those just interested in learning how forests are measured. Do you have an idea of the species composition, the vigor, and the volume of your forest? If you think it might be important to estimate these forest attributes, this class is designed for you. Learn to use tools that foresters use to collect individual tree data. Learn how to expand individual tree data to a sample that can estimate your timber stand attributes. Class will be at the new OSU Lincoln County Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd in Newport.  Cost is $10 per person that includes handout material and a woodland measuring stick. Registration form here.

The Art & Science of Drying Wood  October 24

This class is designed for wood industry personnel, portable sawmill operators, woodworkers, or those just interested in learning more about the physics behind wood drying. Join us for a fun and informative class that will help you understand wood behavior – discussion will include checking/cracking, splitting, shrinking/swelling, and warping (cup, bow, crook and twist) of wood during the drying process – and, what you can do to minimize the negative results of these behaviors. We will also identify those characteristics you have little control over. We will discuss pros and cons of the different methods of drying lumber including air, shed, solar and dehumidification, and talk about how important it is to control the rate of drying. This class will be beneficial to those who have been milling wood for years or for those who are just thinking about processing lumber and drying that lumber. Class will be at the new OSU Lincoln County Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd in Newport. Cost is $10 per person to help cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

Driftwood or Lumber:  Hands-on Class to Learn How Wood Scientists Identify Wood  October 31

You may have taken a class on identifying plants and trees but do you know how to identify what species of tree a piece of wood came from?  This fun and informative hands-on class will teach you the basics of how wood scientists identify one piece of wood from another. Learn techniques that will help you identify lumber, or pieces of driftwood, or what that old wooden chest is made from. There is a $10 registration fee to help cover the cost of handout materials. Class will be at the new OSU Lincoln County Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd in Newport.  Registration form here.

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.