September 2018: Linn County Tree Farm of the year tour

Linn County Tree Farm of the year tour: Sherm and Leslie Weld are the 2018 Linn County tree farmers of the year. Their 140 acre farm, on Crescent hill road near Holley, has been in Weld family for over 50 years. On the tour we will view an active commercial thinning operation conducted by Scott Melcher. The stand being thinned was converted from a hayfield to a Douglas fir forest 20 years ago. We will also view and discus the establishment and management of other timber stands while emphasizing field conversion, reclamation, and stocking control. The tour will end alongside a beautiful spring fed pond where we will have lunch. The Linn County Small Woodlands group and the Weld family welcome all interested individuals, OSWA members or not, for the tour and lunch. Date: Saturday, Sep 22
Time: 10:00 am tour, 12 noon lunch.
The Weld family will provide the main course and drinks. Guests should bring a salad or dessert. If staying for lunch, please RSVP by Thursday Sept 20 by calling the Be…

April 2018: Thompson Timber Co. Tree Farm Tour

Thompson Timber Co. Tree Farm Tour This tour will feature a 165 year old stand established following the 1850 Yaquina Burn. Steve Kadas (Thompson Timber Forester) will discuss local history, forest succession and characteristics, and salvage logging practices.
Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 8:30 to noon, Optional byo (bring your own) picnic to follow, weather permitting.
Location: Meet 8:15 am in the gravel parking area on N side of Hwy 20, directly across from Blodgett Country Store to carpool to site. Registration deadline Wed. April 18th or until full!

Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 (include name, phone, email, and number attending)

April 2018: Basic Woodland Management

Basic Woodland Management OSU Extension Forestry and Natural Resources is offering the ever-popular Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse this April in two locations, Tangent and Dallas.
Ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property, providing a broad introduction to woodland ownership. It is offered in four evening sessions with a Saturday fieldtrip. This year’s class is offered in conjunction with the Polk SWCD. Topics covered include: Getting Started - Assessing your property and your siteWhat's Going on in Your Woods? - Understanding tree biology and forest ecologyTaking Care of Your Woods - Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed controlGetting it Done - Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations Tangent Class filling up fastDates: Wednesday April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Field Trip Saturday, April 28
Time: 6:00 to 8:30
Location: OSU Extension Linn County office
Dallas ClassDates: Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, and 26. Field Trip Sa…

March 2018: Woodland Information Night

Woodland Information NightTopics and Speakers: "Optimizing wildlife habitat in small woodlands," Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting. "Native pollinators in managed forests"
Jim Rivers, OSU College of Forestry."Growing a diverse forest on your property,"
Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension.
The 2018 WIN is hosted by the Benton Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension.

March 2018: Oregon Season Tracker Citizen Science Training

Oregon Season Tracker Citizen Science TrainingDate: Afternoon, Thursday, March 8.
Location: OSU campus. Exact meeting location and time will be given upon registration
Advanced registration required, space is limited. Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750 or email (mailto:
(include name, phone, email, and number attending).
Oregon Season Tracker (OST) is a citizen science program that gathers information about local weather and seasonal changes.
The data collected by OST volunteers helps scientists here in Oregon and elsewhere fill gaps in data and expand the scope of their research, while contributing to the understanding and accuracy of weather forecasting. Help produce the science that you use!
Sign up for the OST program. You will take an on-line training at home, and then attend a local classroom session for skill building and Q&A. Visit the website ( to learn more about OST. OST Online Spring T…

March 2018: Tour of New Forestry Building at OSU

Tour of New Forestry Building at OSUDate: Wednesday, March 7th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Benton County Library, Corvallis Tour of the Peavy Forest Science Center under Construction Join the Polk & Marion OSWA on a tour of the new Forestry Building at OSU.
Come see the innovated use of advanced wood products including cross-laminated timber made in Oregon. The look and atmosphere of the complex reinforces Oregon State's international status as a premier forestry, natural resources, and wood science institution devoted to improving our forest landscapes and ecosystems.