SMALL WOODLANDS E-NEWS FEBRUARY 2012

Welcome to the February 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. 

Tales from the Urban Forest – February 16th Small Woodlands Program

You might be surprised at the contributions the urban forest makes to the economic, social, and environmental health of your city. Medford’s Urban Forester Bill Harrington manages everything from hazard tree removal to heritage trees to restoration plantings along Bear Creek.  He will share with us stories, successes, and challenges….See flyer for details.

Tree School Rogue class information now available 

Scheduled for April 28, 2012, Rogue Tree School is a one-day mini-college for family forestland owners, small acreage land owners, contractors, loggers, and all natural resources enthusiasts.   Class information is now available; registration opens March 1.

Forest Health Conference scheduled for March 1, Corvallis 

"Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012" is a conference and continuing education event designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees. 

ODF has cost share funds available for professional development of tree farm/stewardship plans 

Local resident Sandy Shaffer receives Bill MacKenzie award 

Jud Parsons honored with John Black award 

Log Prices – Current & Trends 

Here’s an update on local and regional log prices based on information provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

Historical Look at Oregon’s Wood Products Industry (OR Office of Economic Analysis) 

This post takes a high-level look at historical trends in Oregon’s Wood Products industry in terms of employment, the industry’s share of the state economy, industry wages and the geographic distribution of industry jobs across the state.  Very interesting reading for anyone concerned or curious about the state of the state’s wood industry…   

Tree Deaths Have Doubled Across the Western US (USGS news release) 

Tree death rates have more than doubled over the last few decades in old-growth forests of the western United States, and the most probable cause of the worrisome trend is regional warming, according to a U.S. Geological Survey-led (USGS) study published in Science on January 23…

Native American Forestry Combines Traditional Wisdom with Modern Science (Solutions) 

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