DECEMBER 2012 SW OREGON WOODLAND E-NEWS

Welcome to the December 2012 E-Newsletter of the OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Program for Jackson & Josephine Counties . 

Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association annual meeting Jan 24th – Mark your calendars!
The annual meeting of the JJSWA is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the OSU Extension Service, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.  This is a dinner meeting and advanced reservations are required if you want to eat.  More info to come in early January. RSVP  541-776-7371

Tree School Rogue scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013
Mark your calendars and save the date!  The ever-popular Tree School Rogue is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Rogue Community College, Grants Pass.   More information to come in late January. 

Oregon Master Naturalist program enrollment opens
The next offering of the Oregon Master Naturalist Online course is available for enrollment now. The course begins January 21st. This represents the first coursework for those wishing to work toward their full Oregon Master Naturalist title, and for those who simply want to learn more about the natural history of Oregon. 

Bark Beetle Management in Pines
The November 2012 Jackson/Josephine Small Woodlands Association program featured an informative and entertaining presentation on bark beetles by Dr. Bill Schaupp, USDA Forest Service.  In case you missed it, here’s the presentation.

What are those “worms” in my firewood?
You may have encountered white, segmented “worms” or grubs when chopping firewood.  What are they, and do they pose a threat to standing trees? 

Log Price Trends
Update on local and regional log prices based on information provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

Underburning, Tiny Seeds, & Massive Trees: A Visit to the Giant Sequoias
A recent trip to southern California provided an excuse for my first visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and a view of prescribed fire on a landscape scale…

From the news
Editor’s note: These links are provided with the knowledge that a single newspaper or web story seldom provides the full context or all the details about a particular issue, let alone the “best science.”  My intent is to provide a snapshot of forest-related issues that are currently in the public eye and may be of interest to you, the reader.  I also provide links to analyses that I think are particularly insightful.  Articles are gleaned from various e-newsletters and other sources that cross my desk – and I only read a fraction of these!

Housing Rebound Has More Northwest Sawmills Buzzing (NW News Network)
Sawmills in the Northwest have significantly ramped up production in response to the rebound in construction nationally. That’s according to a market survey by an industry consultant based near Seattle…

China’s Economic Slowdown Drives Down Demand for NW Logs (OPB)
China’s economic slowdown is cutting down the number of logs exported from Pacific Northwest forests…

EPA Rule On Logging Road Runoff Throws Curveball At Supreme Court (EarthFix)
A last-minute rule change on logging-road pollution may have undercut a case from the Northwest just as it was argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court…

New Plan Nearly Doubles Northwest Owl Habitat (OPB)
The northern spotted owl is receiving additional protections across 9 million acres in the Northwest…

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