Upcoming Events

A calendar for landowners, by landowners

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming events aimed at educating forest landowners.

To make this calendar more valuable, it needs your help. Please submit the details of your coming event using our online submission form. Just click the button to the right that says SUBMIT AN EVENT and you're underway.

May 7th, 2016 Timber Harvest - Start to Finish

1:30am - 8:30am

This workshop for woodland owners will cover key aspects of planning and executing a timber sale, both on the business side and in the woods. Topics include:
• Planning your timber sale
• Business and tax aspects to consider prior to timber sale
• Developing your marketing plan
• Selecting the right type of timber sale

Getting it done – hiring the right professionals to harvest and deliver your logs
• Monitoring your timber sale
• Considerations for slash disposal and site preparation
• Accounting and tax options after the logging is done

Instructors: Steve Bowers, Extension Timber Harvesting Specialist and Tammy Cushing, Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy, and Starker Chair in Family and Private Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Please register by April 29. The $20 fee includes workshop materials and lunch. Register online at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1006

May 11th, 2016 Know your Woodland Plants: Plant Identification Walk

11:30am - 1:00pm

Knowing common native plants as well as some key invasive species is a critical skill for woodland owners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Besides the pleasure you get as an “insider” watching
familiar plants develop over the season, being able to recognize plants and knowing something about them can inform you about the site, its value to wildlife and other insights. Recognizing
invasive weeds can help you avoid spreading them around, or let you detect new arrivals.

Come join us for a casual evening walk when we will identify common trees, shrubs and other plants we find and talk about their place in the forest. We will also introduce you to several important
invasive species to watch out for. Kids welcome. Plant ID books “Trees to Know” and “Shrubs to Know” will be on sale.

If you need directions, call the Benton County Extension office

Registration not required, but RSVP appreciated. Let us know if you want to buy a book too. Come prepared for the weather of the day,
remembering the possibility of encountering poison oak.

May 14th, 2016 Community Forestry Days

1:30am - 8:00am

Mow what grows. May is usually the best time to capture the spring growth and stop it in its tracks before it over takes our tracks and trails.

May 14th, 2016 Spring 2016 Plant Identification Walks

2:00am - 4:30am

Knowing common native plants, as well as some key invasive species, is a critical skill for woodland owners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Recognizing native plants and understanding some of their
characteristics can provide valuable information about the site where you find them; you can also use this knowledge to choose plants that enhance wildlife on your property. Recognizing invasive
plants can help you in early detection of new arrivals and avoid spreading them around.

This walk will be led by local botanist Ginny Maffitt. We will identify common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in a riparian setting (i.e. in wet areas near rivers and streams), and you will receive
a list of native plants on the refuge with some background about their uses.  Check out this
for information about the TRNWR mini-wetland that we will visit during the tour. The paths are gravel, level and ADA-friendly for wheelchairs and walkers.

Information for plant walks

Dress for the weather and bring:

·         Plenty of water;

·         A camera or your phone to take pictures of plants;

·         And your favorite plant identification guide.

We will have both Trees to Know and Shrubs to Know available for sale at the walks. If you’d like to purchase a copy, let us know when you register. Space is
for both of these events. Please register by following this link. If you have any questions, please
contact Brandy Saffell (email and phone number below).  

May 14th, 2016 Tour to Oak Basin Tree Farm

3:00am - 9:00am

Save the date!

May 14th, 2016 Ties to the Land - Your family forest heritage

3:00am - 8:00am

This interactive, DVD-based, workshop provides the tools families
with small woodlands need to decide the future of their land and landbased businesses.
Topics Included:

  • Developing a shared vision and passion for the land
  • Keeping the land in the family - maintaining generational ties
  • Pass on the land with reduced estate taxes
  • Identifying and addressing challenges facing family business

May 17th, 2016 Weed Watcher Trainings

11:00am - 1:00pm

Worried about invasive plants and other weeds? Our FREE Weed Watcher workshops will train you to identify the species of most concern now and report them. Meet these plants up close and personal in
our Speed Dating round, and take home a free weed id guide. All workshops run from 6-8pm and include a light snack. Please RSVP at target="_blank">www.swcd.net/workshops-education/weed-watchers/ or via Facebook.

May 20-21st, 2016 National Get Outdoors Day


The fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 21st, 2016 from 10am-3pm at Peavy Arboretum. This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton
County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on activities to connect youth and families with the great outdoors. Spanish speaking volunteers will provide bilingual assistance. 

Join us and discover the forest in your backyard. For more information visit the website at: "_blank">http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/get-outdoors-day

May 26th, 2016 Corvallis Forest Tour - Corvallis Watershed

6:00am - 9:00am

Focus on forest management practices and objectives in the watershed. Visit recent thinning and variable retention harvests that demonstrate the City’s approach to balancing resource protection, habitat enhancement, and long-term sustainable management goals. Includes root rot infected areas management. Speakers include Mark Miller of Trout Mountain Forestry, and Jennifer Ward, City of Corvallis Watershed Specialist. Sponsored by Benton County Small Woodlands Association.

Location: carpool from the Benton Co Extension office 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis OR 97333. Please park to the side, or in back of the building.

RSVP by email  (include name, contact phone, and number attending) or call OSU Extension Benton County

May 27th - June 14th, 2016 Forestry Tour to Sweden & Norway


The Oregon Woodland Cooperative (OWC), Washington Co. Small Woodlands Association (WCSWA) and Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension (OSU) have organized a tour to Scandinavia especially for small woodland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. We will meet private woodland owners and tour their tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, and visit forestry companies, sawmills, equipment manufacturers, and forestry museums. In addition, tour participants will see and experience outstanding natural beauty in the farms, forests, mountains and fjords of Sweden and Norway, and enjoy the cultural highlights of the towns and cities along the way. Includes special group-rate international airfare. Travel will be by private motor coach and accommodation in first-class hotels.

For more information, click HERE

June 4th, 2016 Ecological Forestry 101: Intro to Silviculture and Wildlife

2:00am - 10:00am

With careful stewardship, forests can be perpetually managed on a regenerative cycle that allows for multiple entries and a sustained yield of a broad range of high-value forest products. The timing and design of thinning practices can result in a wide variety of forest conditions depending on the landowners’ objectives—including those that benefit wildlife habitat, forest health, and long-term income generation.

This workshop will introduce you to the principles of ecological forestry as well as tools to implement it successfully on smaller parcels. Learn about harvest management strategies and how they relate to wildlife habitat.

For information about this program, go to: www.nnrg.org/beginning-forestry

All woodland owners are encouraged to attend!

June 8-11th, 2016 Oregon Small Woodlands Annual Conference


Sustaining Family Forests for 75 Years. Save the Date!


June 15-16th, 2016 Forest Health: Identification and Management of Forest Insects and Diseases

June 22nd, 2016 Woodland Talk/Twilight Tour


Save the Date: Wednesday, June 22, Details TBD. Hosted by Linn Chapter OSWA

June 24-26th, 2016 Oregon Master Naturalist Program


For information on 2016 course schedule in the Klamath Basin, http://oregonmasternaturalist.org/eastcascades

June 25-29th, 2016 ANREP-NACDEP Conference


Join us for this premier opportunity to share your work with a broad range of natural resources and community development Extension professionals, learn about new and best-of techniques and programs, expand your network, and enjoy visiting the great State of Vermont.

Call for Presentations will be issued in fall 2015. More information at www.nacdep.net and www.anrep.org.

June 26-29th, 2016 Forest Products Society


For more information, http://ow.ly/UZBSL

July 12-15th, 2016 Forest Steward Guild


Save the date!

Join Dr. Curt Meine, Dr. Nancy Langston, and forest and conservation professionals from throughout the U.S. for three special days as we cross the boundaries of discipline and landscape to conserve resilient forests.

July 16-22nd, 2016 Misletoes


Join us July 17th-22nd, 2016 at Southern Oregon University in beautiful Ashland, Oregon (USA). The five-day event will include plenary sessions on a variety of topics related to Mistletoe: Wildlife & Ecology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Host/Parasite Interactions, and Recent Taxonomic Changes. The meeting will also include two field tours and great networking opportunities with your international colleagues.

For more information, http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mistletoe/

Submit abstracts by March 15th, 2016. Registration opens April 1st.