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.  

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

Small Woodlands program: Meet Merv George, Jr. the new Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor & Member of The Hupa Tribe.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 
OSU Extension Auditorium 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point
Pre-register: 541-776-7371
Cost: $10/person, $15/couple, JJSWA Members Free

Come join us to learn all about the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Merv will talk about the current projects of the RRSNF; how they manage fires & the kinds of fuels reduction projects they are currently working on. Contrast that to the past & present land management practices of the northwestern California Hupa Tribe of Humboldt County. Merv George, Jr. will speak in the traditional oratory style of the Hupa Tribe (without a Power Point presentation!) The United States called the reservation the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation where the Hupa currently reside. They are one of the very few California tribes not forced from their homeland.


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.

Photo by Lynn Ketchum

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.

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