MAY 2013 SW OREGON WOODLAND NEWS

Welcome to the May 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. 

Jackson County Extension Office Faces Possible Closure

The Jackson County Budget Committee recommended on April 11, 2013 to eliminate county funding for the Jackson County Extension Service in 2013/14.   If this recommendation passes on May 29th, The Extension Service office in Jackson County will close when county resources are depleted.
[Read more...]  [Learn about Extension impacts in Jackson County]

May 16-Small Woodlands Program: Railroad Logging in the Pacific Northwest
In the era before chainsaws and rubber-tired log skidders, there was railroad logging.  It’s a story of ingenuity and resiliency…[Flyer]

June 8-Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association Annual Tour & Picnic
Mark your calendars – this year’s annual tour will start at 9 am, June 8 at the Forest Creek home of 2012 Jackson County Tree Farmers of the Year Jim and LaVonne Stumbo.  A picnic will follow at Cantral Buckley Park.  Stay tuned for more details. 

Meet Your Extension Service: The Land Stewards Program
What do you do if you just purchased or inherited rural land in Jackson County and aren’t sure what to do with it?  The OSU Extension Land Stewards program is a good place to start….[More to come...]

Reducing the Cost of Forestry & Natural Resources Work through Cost-Share Programs
Management planning, stand improvement and other forestry and natural resource work can be expensive.  Participation in cost-share programs can reduce the cost and provide technical assistance at the same time.  Interested?  [Read on…]

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!

SWOFIRE
This site, maintained by the Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District, is an outstanding source of up to date fire season information.  Check it often during fire season…

Oregon's wildfire season off to early start | News - Home
It may be spring in Oregon, but with warmer, drier weather at hand, wildfires are starting to pop up like it's summer, Oregon Department of Forestry officials warned Monday…

Dry winter, warming trend foretell wildfire danger - Idaho Press-Tribune: State
A pair of small but unseasonably early fires burning in California's wine country likely is a harbinger of a nasty summer fire season across the West…

Lumber and Log Markets

After 90 Years A Southern Oregon Mill Shuts Down · EarthFix ·
This week’s news that Rough and Ready Lumber is closing its Cave Junction sawmill is both shocking and familiar to the families in this small town…

Lumber Mills Expand as Prices Rise Most Since 1993: Commodities - Bloomberg
North American mills are sawing lumber at the fastest pace in six years after a recovering U.S. housing market, a beetle infestation in Canada and increasing Chinese demand drove the biggest price surge in two decades.

Public Lands Tug of War

Seeking balance in Oregon's timber country — High Country News
Can logging towns and old-growth forests both thrive in the Northwest?

Forest Decides On Eastern Ore. Timber Contract Harvest Figure · EarthFix ·
The Malheur National Forest will put 70-80 percent of the annual harvest volume into its new 10-year stewardship timber contract, due to be awarded in August…

House Takes Up Proposals to Raise Revenue Through Logging · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment
A House panel is taking up two proposals that would increase logging in federal forests to raise money for struggling timber counties…

Idaho Joins The Public Lands Tug Of War · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment
Vast tracts of public land in the West create opportunities to hunt, hike and to work in extractive industries like logging and mining…

Bigger fires and evolving threats force changes in the Northwest Forest Plan — High Country News
Dynamic forests require flexible management

Regional Forester, Others Hope To Speed Local Work · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment
An apparent change in U.S. Forest Service philosophy in regard to utilizing timber assets on federal forests in Oregon and Washington sounds positive, yet cannot sidestep inherent thinning and forest restoration roadblocks…

Biomass and Carbon Markets

Wood for energy use in schools, hospitals, and other facilities growing | Forest Business Network
A new report points to the growth in use of woody biomass for energy in community facilities, such as schools, hospitals and more…

Carbon Controversy: Should The Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels? · EarthFix ·
Behind the noisy cafeteria at Illinois Valley High School stands a small silver silo that looks like it ought to hold a grain crop. This public school in southern Oregon is one of about a dozen in the Northwest heated almost entirely by wood pellets.

Biomass plants' environmental benefits up for debate » Redding Record Searchlight
According to the California Biomass Energy Alliance, power plants that burn forest and other wood waste help improve the environment and reduce fire danger in the state's forests. But some say they are major polluters…

European Carbon Market In Trouble >> Washington Post
As the centerpiece of Europe’s pledge to lead the global battle against climate change, the region’s market for carbon emissions effectively turned pollution into a commodity that could be traded like gold or oil. But the once-thriving pollution trade here has turned into a carbon bust…

Other News

Genetically modified trees: Into the wildwood | The Economist
The way they were ONCE upon a time, according to folklore, a squirrel could travel through America’s chestnut forests from Maine to Florida without ever touching...

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