Small Woodlands E-News: April 2012

Welcome to the April 2012 E-Newsletter of SW Oregon Woodland News.  Produced by OSU Extension Service, Jackson/Josephine Counties. Click on the titles below to be linked to articles and more information. 

Tree School Rogue regular registration closes April 13

The Tree School Rogue registration deadline is Friday, April 13.  Some classes have filled and are closed, so register soon if you want to get your first choices!  Tree School offers 22 great classes on a wide variety of forest and tree-related topics.  (Late registration is available until April 20, but the cost goes up to $50).  No registrations will be accepted after April 20, and there is no walk-in registration.  To view class description and registration information, look here

Mark your calendars!  Upcoming programs and tours of interest 

  • Invasive Weed Management Tour.  Saturday, May 12, 8:30-1:30.  Details coming soon. 
  • Small Woodlands Program: Fire Weather.  May 17, 7 pm, OSU Extension auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point. 
  • Small Woodlands Annual Tour and Picnic.  Saturday, June 16, 9-1.  Meredith property, Hyatt Lake. 

Information on non-conifer communities in SW Oregon  

While coniferous vegetation often garners the most attention due to its aesthetic and economic value, non-conifer vegetation is a prominent and important feature of the landscape in our region.  Non-coniferous plant communities – hardwood woodlands, shrublands, and grasslands - are crucial to the high plant and animal diversity found in the Klamath Siskiyou ecoregion. View the powerpoint presentations and handout information from the March Small Woodlands Association program on this topic, featuring speakers Eric Pfaff and Ed Reilly. 

Small woodland ownerships in Jackson & Josephine counties

Curious about how many small woodland owners there are in the two counties?  What’s the average property size?  What are timber harvest trends over the past 20 years?  Here’s a brief summary.

24 Ways Forestry Improves Our Lives 

World Forestry Day occurred back in March, but it’s never too late to celebrate the many ways in which forestry improves our lives.  This is a nice pictorial with interesting facts to chew on.…(more)

OFRI watershed conference and presentations available on-line

The Oregon Forests and Water Symposium disclosed emerging conclusions from three large studies that are examining the relationship between managed forests and water resources, including fisheries, stream temperatures, sediment, and more.  Presentations including audio can be viewed online here.

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Publishes Conservation Plan

The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy recently published its Conservation Plan 2012-2020, which seeks to protect 20,000 acres of high priority lands by 2020, including Working Forests...(more)

BLM seeks public comments on forest management plans (Ashland Daily Tidings)

Area residents will have the opportunity to advise the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on what to include in management plans for its Western Oregon forestland.  The BLM wants the public to weigh in on issues it feels the agency needs to address in new resource management plans being developed for the Medford District as well as for the other five districts in Western Oregon and the Klamath Falls Resource Area…(more)

Can Wooden Skyscrapers Transform Concrete Jungles?  (CNN)

Instead of concrete jungles could our cities become urban forests of wooden skyscrapers?  Swapping cement and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world…(more)

Max Bennett

Forestry/Natural Resources Agent
OSU Extension Service, Jackson-Josephine Counties
569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502
(541) 776-7371 x221

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