Small Woodlands E-News - March 2015

 SW Oregon Woodland E-News – March 2015

 Log Markets of the Future: What’s New in Wood Innovation?  7 pm, Thursday, March 19, 2015, OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point.  What does the future look like for wood products and hence log markets in the Pacific Northwest and beyond? While we know that all predictions of the future are questionable, current societal and market trends help us forecast where wood products and log markets may be headed. In particular, trends related to ‘natural, sustainable, and renewable’ materials are sparking a wide variety of innovations in the forest industry…Speaker: Scott Leavengood, Director, Wood Innovation Center, Oregon State University.  See article link below.  Flyer.

 Registration is now open for Living on Your Land / Tree School Rogue -- April 25, 2015, RCC, Grants Pass.  Two great conferences have been combined into one dynamic program.  Do you own or manage acreage in southern Oregon?  Do you have a small farm or a small woodlot?  Are you thinking about acquiring property?  Are you a land manager, or simply a natural resource enthusiast?  If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, then this conference is for you!   Living on Your Land / Tree School Rogue features 23 classes on a wide variety of natural resource and land management topics.  Classes are taught by working farmers, foresters or other experts in their fields.   You will gain practical insights and tips you can put to use the next day!  View a copy of the registration brochure here.  Registration is through Rogue Community College.  See page 7 of the registration brochure for details.

 Small Woodlands Programs in April: Mark your calendars for these two great programs on April 16:

Thinning for Fuels Reduction & Forest Health – A hands-on workshop.  9am-Noon.

Wildlife and Your Woodland – 7 pm.

Stay tuned for details.

 Innovations in Wood Products (by Scott Leavengood, Oregon Wood Innovation Center)

Have you considered a bicycle or toothbrush made of wood? Did you know that liquid wood can be used as a substitute for petroleum-based plastic? Consider the future with these up-and-coming products from trees.

 Timber harvest trends on small woodlands, SW Oregon

How have timber harvests on small woodlands in SW Oregon varied over time, and how do harvest levels track with prices?  This article provides a historical perspective…

 New Teams of Student Scientists Patrol our Watersheds

OSU Extension’s Student Watershed Assessment Teams gather science for today while building scientists for tomorrow…

 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!

 Why Science is So Hard to Believe (Washington Post)

Editor’s note: How’s your confirmation bias these days?  Agree or disagree with the points in this article, I think you’ll find it thought-provoking...

 Singapore company buys 197K acres of timberland in Southern Oregon (Portland Business Journal)

A Singapore-based investor has purchased a major Southern Oregon timber tract… 

 Forest Seed Orchard (~7 minute video from Oregon Field Guide)

An interesting visit to a seed orchard, where genetically improved seed (using traditional techniques) is grown for future plantings…

 

 

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