Small Woodlands E-News - March 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. 


What’s Wrong with My Tree?
Is something “bugging” your trees?  Learn about: Bark beetles, wood borers, diseases & other tree health problems.  Free.  Pre-registration requested.  541-476-6613. Tuesday, March 12, 7 pm, Selma Center, Selma.  Thursday, March 14, 7 pm, Josephine County Extension auditorium, 215 Ringuette, Grants Pass.  Flyer. 

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.   

Sugar pine is focus of March  21 Small woodlands program
This program will cover sugar pine management, including thinning and pruning to address insect and disease problems.  Development and planting of rust-resistant sugar pine seedlings will also be discussed.  See flyer for details.

Tree School Rogue registration now open
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.  More information and registration brochure 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. 

Fast growing-wood is weaker than slower-growing wood – or is it?
The answers may surprise you.  Find out more from OSU’s Wood Innovation Center.  

Trees in China
Amidst the headlong rush for development in China today is an effort to create more green space.  Read about some remarkable tree transplanting efforts in Shanghai and beyond penned by Bruce Martin, a recent OSU Extension Land Steward graduate who just returned to the US after 17 years in that city. 

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!

Pacific Northwest Log Prices to Rise in 1Q2013 (Forest2Market)
Northwest log prices will rise throughout 1Q2013; Forest2Market projects the price of Douglas fir will average $625 per MBF by the end of the quarter, a high not seen since 2007. More..

Demand for Western Lumber Increases, But Log Supply is Tight (EarthFix)
Northwest sawmills are looking to build on last year’s recovering housing market. 2012 saw sales increase by 10 percent or more from mills in Idaho, Washington and Oregon…

Judge rules against watershed thinning lawsuit (Ashland Daily Tidings)
A federal judge has ruled against former Ashland City Councilor Eric Navickas' claim that a forest thinning project in the Ashland watershed is violating environmental laws governing soil erosion…(More)

Logging proposed near Crater Lake National Park sparks a timber wars reprise (OregonLive)
A logging proposal just outside Crater Lake National Park has reignited the Northwest's logging wars in miniature, pitting timber groups anxious for jobs against environmentalists who have gathered 10,000 comments in opposition…(more)

Global warming: Pacific Northwest study shows nuanced streamflow response to changing climatic conditions (Summit County Citizen’s Voice)
As regional climate models improve, scientists in various disciplines have been able to fine-tune their projections of impacts to various ecosystems, including rivers…(more)

Tree-Ring Data Show History, Pattern to Droughts (University of Arkansas)
Dendrochronologists have shown that tree-ring data produce a remarkably accurate history of droughts and other climate changes…(more)

Study Finds Crown Fires Can Permanently Kill Off Forest (Payson Roundup)
The ponderosa pine forests consumed in the most intense portions of the 462,000-acre Rodeo Chediski Fire may never come back, according to a long-term study of the slow, often faltering, effort of the forest to repair the damage from the massive blaze…(more)

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