Small Woodlands E-News - September 2013

Welcome to the September 2013 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. 

Upcoming programs: Harvesting options for woodland owners (Oct. 15), Field tour: diverse owners, diverse management styles (Oct. 19)

Forest Stewardship Plan Funding Update
Interested in a forest stewardship for your property?  Want to update an old plan? Read on…

Update on the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC) budget situation.
Much is happening behind the scenes to support the SOREC budget…

Consider joining the Jackson Josephine Chapter of OSWA

Useful publications – shrubs, woodland roads

The Field Guide to Shrubs of Southwestern Oregon has sold out but an easy-to-navigate PDF version is available here.  View on your desktop, iPad or other mobile device.  Want to learn more about building and maintaining woodland roads?  OSU Extension has a full color, 104 page field guide on the topic, a steal at only $11. 

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 brushpiles are important (MyLandPlan)
Brushpiles provide a micro-habitat for the more stealthy creatures, many of which need to hide from predators…

Small Diameter Timber Sale Fetches High Price    (Medford Mail Tribune)
The Middle Friese timber sale, an ecologically based tract that offers a small-diameter harvest...

Forest management plans in a tangle (Nature)
Conservation fight flares over invasive California eucalyptus…

Video - Defining old growth (Bend Bulletin)
Environmentalists, foresters disagree about what should be cut and why..

Ecologists concerned for forests’ long-term future (Fresno Bee)
California’s biggest wildfire was just a 40-acre canyon blaze west of Yosemite National Park on Aug. 17…

Logging laws on the line (Eugene Register Guard)
Proposals pit cash-strapped counties against environmentalists…

Private forest owners make significant contribution to U.S. economy, new report shows
The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) today released new data confirming the strong value forest owners provide to the U.S. economy…

New study finds redwoods growing at record rates (San Jose Mercury News)
Giants doing fine amid climate change…

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