Small Woodlands E-News - January 2013

Welcome to the January 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. 

Small woodlands annual meeting is January 24 – program on Biscuit Fire: 10 years late
Please join us!  The annual meeting and dinner of the Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association is Thursday, January 24, 5:30 pm.  Tom Sensenig, Regional Ecologist for the US Forest Service, will bring us up to date on “The Biscuit Fire: 10 Years Later.”  The meeting will also feature an update on chapter and state OSWA activities, awards, a drawing, and more.  Dinner reservations needed by January 22.  See flyer for details and a dinner reservation form.

Upcoming classes and programs
The February small woodlands gathering (February 21) will feature a program on “Selling Timber from your Property.”  Other upcoming programs include a Woodland Stewardship workshop series starting March 15, with classes held in both Central Point and Grants Pass.  For more information on upcoming Extension classes, see the class calendar

Ponds on the farm
A one-day workshop exploring irrigation ponds for the small farm.  Covers irrigation needs, permitting and legality, construction, and farmscaping.  Half day in-class and half day field tour of Little Applegate sites. See flyer for details.

Family forest educational guide available (Oregon Forest Resources Institute)

A guide to technical, financial, and educational resources for Oregon’s family forest owners.

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!

Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests (NY Times)
For years, mistletoe has suffered from a split reputation: either the decorative prelude to a sweet Christmas kiss or the tree-killing parasite that must be mercilessly excised for the good of the forests…

U.S. Forest Service chief says timber harvest must increase (Capitol Press)
Representatives of Idaho's forest industry reacted positively to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell's announcement that timber harvest on federal land would increase by 20 percent over the next couple of years…

More Homes in Forests Increase Firefighting Costs (Seattle Times)
The reddish-orange stain on the boulders lining their long rural driveway reminds Susan and Al Maza just how close they came to losing their home to wildfire…

Climate Change Already Playing Out in the West, Report Says (Deseret News)
A new report says the effects of climate change are already being felt in bug-infested forests of the Intermountain West, in reduced flows of the Colorado River basin and in the amount of snow that falls in the Rocky Mountains…

Wood That Reaches New Heights (NY Times)
Among the many apartment buildings in the London borough of Hackney, the nine-story structure on the corner of Provost Street and Murray Grove stands out, its exterior a mix of white and gray tiles rather than the usual brick…

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