Forestry Classes & Events

Classes & Events

2015 Forestry Workshops and Other Events

Managing Your Woodlands- A basic forestry short course   TBD

This class is an introduction to forest management for current or potential woodland owners or for those just interested in learning about forest management. It covers what you need to know and who you might want to contact to begin, or imporve on, managing your forest.

Topics covered will include:

  • How your forest ecosystem works; Sustaining your forest - protection from pests and fire
  • Management plans
  • Sources of assistance
  • Measuring trees and other resources in your forest
  • Regeneration, site prep, planting, weed and animal control
  • Fire and your forest
  • Mapping and measuring your trees
  • The science and art of silviculture - thinning, pruning, fertilizing
  • Fish and wildlife on your woodlands
  • Taxes and other business necessities
  • Creating a plan and a future for your forest
  • Harvesting and marketing products from your forest; Forest laws and incentive programs
  • And more... 


Web Soil Survey & Other Internet Tools for Ag and Forest Landowners  TBD

A soil survey is an inventory of the different soil types and their location in the county.  The Web Soil Survey is a useful web-based tool that was created, and is maintained, by the Natural Resource and Conservation Service.  You can use several methods for choosing a location including:  an address, or Section, Range and Township, or Latitude and Longitude.  Information is available about what soils are present, their characteristics, agriculture or forest productivity, suitability for heavy equipment, and much more.  If you think this type of information would be valuable for you and you are not familiar with the Web Soil Survey, this workshop might be just what you are looking for.  Bring a description of your property to the class and develop a Web Soil Survey Report for that property.  

Understanding Wood Behavior  TBD

Wood is a multilayered, lognocellulosic, visoelastic, thermoplastic, cellular material of biological origin that is both hygroscopic and anisotropic.  If this sounds interesting and you want to learn more, or if you work with wood in the forest industry or work with wood as a hobbyist woodworker, this class is designed for you.  Join us for a fun and informative class that will help you understand wood behavior during cutting, shaping and drying.  

Managing Your Woodland Roads: a class for family forest and ag landowners  TBD

Does it pay to build all-weather roads?  Historically, log prices are higher during the wet months of the year in western Oregon.  All-weather roads allow you to easily get around on your property any season or time of the year.  But, economically, do they make sense for the small parcel landowners?  Want to learn about roads in general?  OSU forester Steve Bower's Managing Woodland Roads: A Field Guide will be used in this class.  Each participant will get a free copy, an $11.00 value when ordered through OSU.  This 2-hour class will cover the basics of the book's contents with an emphasis on easements, rock quality, culvert design, cross drainage structures, wet weather hauling and some "points to ponder" tips on maintenance and management of your woodland roads. 

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