Fall greetings from your OSU Extension Forester. The leaves are turning early, perhaps due to the hot and dry winds of September, followed by the dark smoke-filled skies. We can only hope that the fall rains will continue to damp down our woods and prevent further flare-ups of wildfire. The 90-day climate forecast does indicate above-average rainfall and mild temperatures.
Our Extension Forestry and Natural Resources education program has been changed dramatically by COVID19 and then the terrible wildfires. Instead of in-person classes and workshops, indoors or in the field, we continue to rely on education options delivered online. These include webinars, meetings, videos, publications, and web-based learning modules. Wildfire-related webinars are ongoing including After the Fire, a new series to help landowners and residents assess the damage and begin to recover from the terrible fires last month. Tree School Online webinars for woodland owners are continuing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday through June 2021. For the latest offerings, please check our websites at: Extension Forestry and Natural Resources North Willamette and the statewide Extension Forestry and Natural Resources site.
The other major avenue for assistance is to consult with us directly via email, telephone, and field visits. Our Ask-an-expert system is very busy these days and we get many tree questions that way. We are also able to do field visits with individuals and small groups. Unfortunately, wildfire damage and recovery are the main reasons for field calls now. We are capturing some of the teachable moments in the field with photos and video to help share with others online.
OSU Extension Forestry, Oregon Department of Forestry, and other partners are working to meet the need for assistance with post-fire assessment and recovery in the forest. If you are in need of assistance, please contact us. And please refer others who need assistance with post-fire recovery or preparing for the next fire season.
Best wishes to you and your trees this fall season.
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