Jackson County Forestry and Natural Resources

Out there for Oregon’s forests. Here for Oregonians.

Forests and the diverse natural resources associated with them are an important part of southwest Oregon’s landscape, heritage, economy, and way of life. Did you know that our local forests are among the most species-rich in North America?  

As your local Forestry and Natural Resources Extension agent, my job is to utilize the latest research and innovations from Oregon State University and other institutions to provide science-based education and expertise. Whether you are interested in better managing your land, growing your forest-based business, or are an aspiring naturalist, I am here to point you in the right direction.

Below are several ways you can learn from, and get involved with our Forestry and Natural Resources Program. You may also call our local office or get in touch with me directly.

See you in the woods!

Max Bennett

Photo by Lynn Ketchum

My Southern Oregon Woodlands

Access a growing network of expert assistance, information support, and financial resources to help you get what you want out of your forest.  From concerns about wildfire, to improving forest health, to managing for timber resources, My Southern Oregon Woodlands can help you reach the goals you have set for your land.  

JJSWA Winter Spring Calendar

Attend a workshop, conference, or field tour.

Join us for a forest management series, a one-day forest health field tour, or one of our many other educational offerings.

Upcoming Events

January 2019

Jan 24
Jan 26

Selling Logs From Your Property

9:00 am - 5:45 pm Roseburg, OR

February 2019

Feb 7

Managing Troublesome Weeds

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Central Point, OR
Feb 14
Apr 13

Land Steward Short Course

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Point, OR
Feb 19

Wildfire Trends in SW Oregon with Bill Kuhn

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central Point, OR
Feb 21

March 2019

Mar 7

What You Need to Know About Ponds

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Central Point, OR
Mar 21

Off-Grid Living & Systems

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jacksonville, OR
Mar 21

Mushrooms in Your Forest with Mike Potts

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central Point, OR

April 2019

Apr 16

Northern Spotted Owls with expert Jim Thraikill

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central Point, OR

May 2019

May 16

Thinning & Stand Management with Marty Main

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central Point, OR

Explore Oregon’s forests with us.

Participate in science-based learning experiences that help you appreciate Oregon's diverse forest ecosystems and make informed decisions regarding forest policy and management. For example, our Master Naturalist Program offers opportunities to learn about the natural history of plants, animals, habitats, geology, culture, as well as the most relevant topics in sustainable natural resource management.

Find your people.

Our community-based groups, such as the Women Owning Woodlands Network and Master Woodland Manager Program, get together to learn with – and from – other landowners who value Oregon’s forests and communities.

Photo by Carrie Berger

Dig into our educational resources

Our catalog includes dozens of free publications, videos, webinars, and podcasts, covering a wide variety of topics, such as forest health, forest management planning, and estate and succession planning.

Online Resource

Woodland Stories Podcast

Woodland Stories is an audio tour of the forest from the perspective of family forest owners. These are stories about building your own cabin, planting trees by hand, watching an eagle’s nest, and so much more.

By Valerie Elder, Tiffany Fegel

Protect what you care about.

The Fire Program and the Citizen Fire Academy, Ties to the Land succession planning, and forest health offerings are all tailored to help you keep your property safe from wildfire or insect and disease outbreaks, and to build a legacy for future generations.

Photo by Carrie Berger