Small Woodlands E-News - August 2014

2014 Land Stewards program now taking applications
Get application materials and learn more

Have land but not sure how to take care of it?  New to the area?  Need a plan for your property? 
Or know of a friend or neighbor who would say yes to these questions?  The 6th annual edition of the award-winning Land Steward program begins Thursday, September 11.

Explore Chile: An Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Tour
Chile is a country of high mountains, dramatic coastlines, deep forests, picturesque towns and lively cities.  We'll sample most of these during a 10-day study tour of Chile sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service, from November 2-11, 2014.  Last call: We have a few more spaces in this tour, and the deadline to sign up is August 30. Learn more.

Fall 2014 Jackson Josephine Small Woodland Association programs – mark your calendars!
We have an exciting lineup of fall programs: Thursday, September 18, 7 pm, Dennis Morgan, Forestry in Sweden and Norway;  Thursday, October 16, 7 pm, Rich Fairbanks, Creating Fire Resilient Communities in Southern Oregon; Thursday, November 20, 7 pm, Dave Clayton, Rare Wildlife of Southern Oregon Forests.  We are also working on organized a field tour of a timber harvesting operation for a weekday in September.  Stay tuned for flyers with more details.   

New Extension publication from the prolific Steve Bowers: Contracts for Woodland OwnersIncludes sample timber sale, logging, road easement, and other types of contracts.

Looking for information on wildfires, local and regional?
Updates on local fires can be found at Oregon Department of Forestry’s SWOfire. For information about large fires around the Pacific Northwest, check the Northwest Coordinating Center site. Wondering about smoke and air quality?  Visit this DEQ site.

More wildfire information

OSU Extension’s Wildfire in Oregon site has good information on prevention, preparation, evacuation and much more.  The Northwest Fire Science Consortium is an excellent resource for recent research on wildfire-related topics.  As a sampler, I’ve included links to several of their easy-to-digest research briefs (and a video) below.

Creating Fire-Resistant Forests Through Fuels Reduction

I recently co-authored this article for NW Woodlands magazine and it is reprinted here with permission. 

Fire in Oregon’s Forests: Achieving Resiliency in Altered Landscapes (OFRI)

“This report examines the state of fire suppression, prevention and management, and describes various efforts to find the way forward…”

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 interesting, provocative, or insightful.  Articles are gleaned from various e-newsletters and other sources that cross my desk – and I only read a fraction of these!

Tree Free Paper: A Path to Saving Trees and Forests? (Dovetail Partners)

On a Remote Island, Lessons In How Ecosystems Function (Yale 360)

Trees save lives, reduce respiratory problems (Science Daily)