MAY E-NEWS AND PROGRAM UPDATES

Welcome to the May 2012 E-Newsletter of SW Oregon Woodland News.  Produced by OSU Extension Service, Jackson/Josephine Counties. Click on the titles below to be linked to articles and more information. 

Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Annual Tour & Picnic – Saturday, June 16
See a well-managed woodland parcel owned by 2011 Jackson County Tree Farmer of Year Mike Meredith, then join us for a picnic at Hyatt Lake. 

Trees & Shrubs to Know in SW Oregon – A Field Class at Siskiyou Field Institute  (June 10)
Learn to recognize the most common conifer and broadleaf trees of the Klamath Siskiyous – and some of the most important and interesting shrub species of the region, for good measure!

Land Stewards Program Wins Awards
The OSU Extension Land Steward program is receiving statewide recognition.  More information about the Land Stewards program can be found here.  

Fire Weather & Seasonal Outlook

National Weather Service forecaster Brett Lutz gave a fascinating presentation about fire weather and the summer seasonal outlook at the May 17, 2012 Small Woodlands meeting at OSU Extension.  See a PDF version of the talk here.
Local and regional fire weather forecasts can be found here.

SW Oregon’s Most Wanted Invasive Species 
Noxious weeds like yellow starthistle and blackberry are here to stay, but there are a number of new weeds that we have a realistic chance to eradicate before they get well-established – IF people are vigilant, learn about and report sightings of our most wanted invasive species.

Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Seeks to Convert Biomass into Jet Fuel
Using a variety of feedstocks, including forest and mill residues, construction waste, as well as new energy crops, the Alliance aims to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products. If you want to be kept informed as the project develops, join the list of interested stakeholders here.

New OFRI publication: A Guide to Priority Plant and Animal Species in Oregon Forests
This handy guidebook is packed with information, indexed for various Oregon ecoregions, about threatened, endangered or other at-risk species. Forest landowners and land managers may use this reference as they determine what species to include in their management plans. Full color photos and useful range maps make this among OFRI's most useful publications.  View online or order copy (free).

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