Small Woodlands E-News - February 2013

Welcome to the February 2013 E-Newsletter of SW Oregon Woodland NewsProduced by OSU Extension Service, Jackson/Josephine Counties. Click on the titles below to be linked to articles and more information. 

Feb.  21 Small woodlands program: Selling Your Timber
The economy is on a bit of an upswing and the timber market is improving.  Are you thinking about selling some timber from your property?  This program covers the basics of a timber sale, from planning, to logging, to cleanup…See flyer for details.

Woodland Stewardship class starts March 15
Offered in both Jackson and Josephine Counties, this popular six class series provides an overview of concepts and practices of forest stewardship for woodland properties, from 5 to 50 (or more) acres.  It is designed for owners who are just getting started with woodland management as well as more experienced owners who are looking for new ideas and approaches…See flyer for details.   

Tree School Rogue registration opens March 1
Tree School Rogue is back at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass on Saturday, April 27.  This year’s program features a lineup of 27 classes on a variety of tree and forest-related topics.  In addition to perennial favorites, we are offering many new classes this year.  Registration opens March 1 and the registration brochure should be available in a few weeks.  More  information and class titles available here.

Living on the Land Conference March 23
Registration for the the 2012 Living on the Land conference sponsored by OSU Extension Land Stewards program is now open.  Choose from 16 different classes in four tracks: Critters, Trees and Forests, Soil and Water, and Odds and Ends.  A great resource for small acreage owners!  Class and registration information here

Harris and Stumbo are 2012 Tree Farmers of Year
Jim and LaVonne Stumbo of Jacksonville are the 2012 Jackson County Tree Farmers of the Year.  Joining them as the 2012 Josephine County Tree Farmers of the Year are Harriet and Lary Harris of Wilderville…(read more). 

Tax tips

It’s that time – Read up on some tax tips for forest landowners for the 2012 tax year.

Non-timber forest products information at your fingertips
The Institute for Culture and Ecology (IFCAE) has recently completed the four-year Wild Forest Goods project to help advance small scale ecological and economic opportunities on small to medium-sized private forestlands in the United States.   If you are interested in non-timber forest products management and marketing opportunities, from floral greens, to mushrooms, to edible berries and beyond, this website has it all – photos, videos, fact sheets, detailed publications and more.  An outstanding resource. 

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!

Kitzhaber panel fails to reach consensus on O&C lands logging (Oregon Live)
After three months of work, Gov. John Kitzhaber's panel of timber executives, environmentalists and leaders from Oregon's most financially strapped counties couldn't agree on how to solve the logging tug-of-war over on 2.6 million acres of federal forestland in Western Oregon…(read more)

Industry key to conserving forests as demand for wood projected to triple by 2050 (WWF)
By 2050, rising population and demand, as well as an increase in use of wood for bioenergy, could triple the amount of wood society takes from forests and plantations per year, according to the latest instalment of WWF’s Living Forests Report….(read more)

U.S. Pacific Northwest Looks to Jump-Start Green Jet Fuel Industry (Forest Business Network)
The U.S. Pacific Northwest is a good place to jump-start a renewable jet fuel industry, a new report finds…(read more)

Bill Aims to Share Oregon Wildfire Costs (Claims Journal)
For years, Oregon’s major timberland owners have felt they were paying too much of the cost of fighting wildfires, especially in years when blazes stayed relatively small…(read more)

Report: Warming bringing big changes to forests (The Herald)
Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday…(more)

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