Small Woodlands E-News - December 2014


SW Oregon Woodland E-News – December 2014
Small Woodlands Annual Meeting & Dinner: January 15, 2015
Food, friends, and a stimulating conversation with the Dean of the OSU College of Forestry, Thomas Maness.  Dinner reservations must be received by January 13!  Flyer.
Forest Tax Symposium: Understanding Oregon’s Family Forest Tax Landscape
This symposium to help landowners, foresters and others learn about the myriad of taxes related to forest ownership, is being held Monday, January 26, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.  FlyerRegistration.  This conference is likely to fill up fast; early registration is recommended. 
Oregon Master Naturalist Online Program Now Accepting Enrollments
The online course begins January 19.  For more information, look here.  Currently, a local group is also developing a southern Oregon-based Ecoregion Specialization course, likely centered on the Klamath Mountains Ecoregion to complement existing regional courses on the Oregon coast, Willamette valley, and eastern Cascades.  This will be a classroom/field-based course.  Stay tuned for details. 
Save the date: Tree School Rogue + Living on the Land
Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 25, for two great programs, combined for the first time: Living on the Land, a popular one day mini-college sponsored by the OSU Land Steward program, and Tree School Rogue, with its usual lineup of outstanding forest and forestry-related classes.  Stay tuned for details. 
Looking for forest tree seedlings for this year’s planting project?
Stone nursery has some surplus stock; find out more here.  Other local nurseries may have stock available; here’s a list of possible sources.  As always, it’s strongly recommended that you plant seedlings for your elevation and seed zone.  Seed zone maps can be viewed here; for more comprehensive information about reforestation, including a discussion of seed zones, stock types, and other topics related to planting, see this publication
Cross laminated timbers-an innovation in green building?
Wood skyscrapers?  One of the most intriguing innovations in the wood products industry is cross-laminated timber (CLT), also known as “plywood on steroids,” CLT has awakened much interest in the green building and architectural worlds, including the potential for development of multi-story buildings with a low carbon footprint.  If you attend the small woodlands annual meeting in January, you’ll hear about exciting developments with CLT from the OSU College of Forestry’s Dean, Thomas Maness.  Meanwhile, here’s a bit of background information... 
Leadership changes at Extension
Change is afoot at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.  Regional administrator Phil Van Buskirk is retiring December 31, but will remain on a part-time, temporary basis as Experiment Station administrator while a new administrative position is filled.  Yours truly, Max Bennett, Extension Forestry/Natural Resources Agent will be filling is as Jackson County Extension county leader on an interim basis (6-12 months).  This means I will be taking on some administrative responsibilities with a commensurate short term reduction in my forestry programming.  We’ll also be hiring a new Land Stewards/Citizen Fire Academy coordinator as Rhianna Simes has moved in the Master Gardener Coordinator position.  We are excited about moving forward, and look forward to developing an even stronger and better program here at SOREC in the months and years ahead!  Your input and suggestions are always welcome. 
2014 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners
The US Forest Service now has available 2014 tax tips and other information on forest taxation for forest landowners and their professional advisors.  You may also be interested in the January 26, 2014 Forest Tax Symposium in Corvallis, sponsored by the Committee for Family Forestlands and others.