Small Woodlands E-News - October 2015

Upcoming Programs

Using Google Earth Pro to Map and Explore Your Property
Thursday, November 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, OSU Extension, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point
Monday, November 30, 6:00-8:00pm, OSU Extension, 215 Ringuette, Grants Pass
In this hands-on computer session, learn how to use Google Earth Pro to explore your property from your desktop.  Pre-registration required, and class size limited to 15.  Cost $10.  Instructor: Max Bennett, OSU Extension Forester.  Flyer.

Railroad Logging: How Railroads Shaped Oregon and her Forests
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, OSU Extension auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.  Flyer.  Author Ed Kamholz joins us to talk about how forestry and railroads molded the state of Oregon as we see it today.  This is a great presentation for anyone interested in local history, railroads, and fascinating tales of days gone by.
Ties to the Land Workshop-Your Family Heritage: Planning for an Orderly Transition
10am-3pm, Saturday, November 21, Rogue River library.  This workshop will explore Succession Planning and the human side of estate planning.  If you’re concerned about what to do with your land and how to successfully pass it on to the next generation, this workshop will get you started!  Families encouraged to attend.  Flyer
Here’s an interesting article on the topic of succession planning from the American Forest Foundation:  Keep It in the Family: A Guide to Legacy Planning
Oak Woodland Ecology and Management Symposium – Nov 12-13, Eureka, CA
For those interested in oaks and oak habitat restoration.  Registration deadline is November 4. 
Diverse Oaxaca: Conservation, Natural Resources and Traditional Practices -An OSU Extension Study Tour. Feb 20-29, 2016
As of 10/30, we have one more spot available.  First-come, first-serve; closes Nov 6.  See the website for information. 

News and Information

Summer 2015, Drought!  And Heat. A Forest Health Report.  (OSU Tree Topics blog)
(Editor’s note: This article by Dave Shaw, OSU Extension Forest Health specialist, summarizes problems seen statewide, including in SW Oregon).  The summer of 2015 is shaping up as a big year for drought and drought related forest health issues throughout Oregon, but especially in the Willamette Valley, SW Oregon, and in Eastern Oregon…
Rogue Basin climate trends (OSU Ext. Siskiyou Woodlander blog)
What climate trends have we observed locally over the past century?  And what do we have to look forward to in the next 50-100 years?  A quick summary….
Oregon Forests and Climate Change (OSU Ext. blog)
Speaking of climate, several Extension Forestry agents in Oregon are teaming up on a series of articles and blog posts about Oregon’s forests and climate change.  The growing body of climate science challenges us to incorporate new information on possible changes in climate, climate variability and extremes.  Current articles:
A Forest Manager’s Dilemma
A Brief Look at Oregon’s Climate as We Know It…And What’s in Store
Exploring Climate Variability: Patterns of Snowfall and Drought in Southern Oregon
Seeking Practical Knowledge of Climate in Oregon
Extreme Weather Events in a Changing Climate
Risk Management: A Way of Framing Woodland Management Decisions
Resiliency in the Dry Forests of Oregon
Managing Forest Health and Resilience to Climate Stress
As Fires Grow, A New Landscape Appears in the West (New York Times)
The hills here are beautiful, a rolling, green landscape of grasses and shrubs under a late-summer sky. But it is starkly different from what was here before: vast forests of ponderosa pine…

Study says some forests may not recover from mega-disturbances….(Summit County Voice)
Giant fires, insect outbreaks could be ‘game-changer’ for some forests