Welcome to the Spring 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. 

Non-conifer plant communities in SW Oregon – March 14 Small Woodlands Program COMPLETED
While coniferous vegetation often garners the most attention due to its aesthetic and economic value, non-conifer vegetation is a prominent and important feature of the landscape in our region… Eric Pfaff and Ed Reilly of the Medford BLM will talk about recent work to classify and describe woodland, shrubland, and grassland plant communities in SW Oregon, and how landowners can manage these communities to meet a number of different goals.  Wednesday, March 14, 7 pm, OSU Extension auditorium, 569 Hanley Road.  Please RSVP to 541-776-7371.  See flyer for more details.

Tree School Rogue registration now open COMPLETED
Registration for Tree School Rogue opened March 1 and registrations are coming in thick and fast!  A one-day mini-college for small woodland owners, loggers and forestry contractors, and all natural resources enthusiasts, Tree School Rogue will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Rogue Community College, Grants Pass.  Among the 22 classes are sessions on Invasive Weed Management, Harvesting & Building with Small Poles, Woodland Roads, All About Water Rights, Woodland Ponds, Re-vegetation with Native Plans, What’s Killing My Trees?, Chainsaw Operation for Women Only, Conservation & Restoration of Oak Habitats, Ties to the Land, and 12 more!  View the registration brochure here

Living on Your Land conference COMPLETED
The 2nd Annual Land Stewardship Conference is set for Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 9am-5pm, at the OSU Extension office, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.  This one day educational conference offers a unique opportunity to learn new skills, gather resources, and network with area experts.  Conference themes include: forest, pasture/meadows, food security, and water with 16 classes to choose from!  Learn new strategies that will allow your property’s resources to be maintained into the futureView course descriptions and registration forms.  

Are you interested in Master Woodland Manager training?
MWMs are qualified small family forest land owners (small woodland owners) who receive specialized training by OSU Forestry Extension to be effective volunteers and community leaders. In return for approximately 85 hours of instruction in subject areas that range from management planning, ecology, and forest inventory methods, MWMs provide an in-kind service in through various volunteer activities.  MWM is guaranteed to build your forestry skills and knowledge.  You will make new friends and join a unique community of volunteers.  I am thinking about organizing another local MWM training, dates to be determined, and would like to hear from anyone who is interested.  Contact me at max.bennett@oregonstate.edu.

Summary of Insect & Disease Damage to Trees in Southern Oregon, 2011 Aerial Survey
If you are interested in forest health issues in southern Oregon, this report and the associated maps make interesting reading.  In 2011, perhaps the most significant damaging agent in Jackson and Josephine Counties detected from aerial surveys was the flatheaded fir borer, which killed many Douglas-fir trees.  Damage from the flatheaded fir borer has been on the upswing in the last couple of years.  Most of the mortality was found in the Applegate watershed, Siskiyou mountains, and the western portion of the Rogue River National Forest.  Relatively little damage was observed in the western part of Jackson County and in Josephine County.  Here’s a useful fact sheet on the flatheaded fir borer provided by ODF. 

Medford Pilot Project Praised; Salazar Proposed Five Additional Pilots
The Medford Pilot Joe project puts in motion principles of active forest management suggested by Professors Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin for BLM lands in southwestern Oregon.  One of three pilot projects (the other two are in Roseburg and Coos Bay), the Medford project includes ~600 acres of non-commercial treatments and a ~300 acre timber sale which received no protests or administrative appeals and sold for more than four times the appraised value.  The timber sale is now being harvested.  Read the recent Medford Mail Tribune article on the Pilot.  In late February, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Medford and proposed five additional Pilot projects, three of which would occur on the Medford BLM.  Pilot Joe has been collaboratively developed, with much public input and significant involvement with the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (formerly the Small Diameter Collaborative) and the Applegate Partnership. 

Mystery Solved: The Riddle of Alaska Yellow Cedar Decline
Up to 70% of the Alaska yellow cedar have died recently in parts of SE Alaska and British Columbia, and this short article from the Society of American Forestry’s Forestry Source explains why.  It’s a fascinating story involving snow and the lack thereof, roots, soils, species differences , and climate change.