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.

February 25th, 2017 Basic Woodland Management - Washington County

1:00am - 6:00am

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered include:
• Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
• What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology, forest ecology and habitat
• Taking Care of Your Woods: tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
• Getting it Done: Timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
• Field trip to see first-hand examples of what you’ve learned


• Cost for the course is $50 for one participant/$60 for two or more participants from the same family.
• Course is taught in a blended online/in person format. Participants will be given short online assignments to complete prior to each class session.
• Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties
• To attend you must pre-register no later than January 25th. Use the form below or register online at: http://tinyurl.com/basicwoodlandmanagement.
• Questions? Contact Amy Grotta, (503) 397-3462 or amy.grotta@oregonstate.edu
Basic Woodland

February 28th, 2017 Succession Planning Workshop Series

1:00am - 8:00am

Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. See  "color: #2baadf; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline" href="http://www.polkswcd.com/uploads/5/1/7/5/51756011/succession_workshop_series_flyer.pdf" target="_blank">flyer for
additional details.

Second Session: 
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 9am-4pm
Location: Chemekata Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd, Salem
Morning session: Introduction to estate planning strategies, state & federal tax issues, Oregon Natural Resource Credit, structuring ownership & assets, and record keeping.  And,
Conservation Easements and how they can be used as a tool in estate planning.
Afternoon session: Expand on 1/17 class with more in depth look at family business basics and building a foundation for succession planning focusing on family business topics. And, an introduction to
estate planning specifically addressing estate planning issues for farm and ranch landowners.

Cost: $50 per family (up to 5 people) includes Planning Workbook and food

March 1st, 2017 Christmas Tree Genetics & Tree Improvement Webinar Series

2:00am - 3:30am

Understanding genetics and tree improvement is critical to the success of your Christmas tree farm, whether you know it or not. From selecting the right species for your site to starting your own
seed orchard, tree genetics impact your operation every day.

In this five part webinar series, leading Christmas tree scientists from throughout the U.S. will present an in-depth discussion of the critical elements of Christmas tree improvement and how
genetic selection can improve the growth, health, and quality of your trees and make your farm more profitable.

Webinar schedule:
Feb. 1 The Tree Improvement Process: Selection, Testing & Breeding
Feb. 8 Capturing Genetic Gain: Seed Collection Zones & Seed Orchards
Feb 15 Tree Improvement Techniques: Grafting, Controlled-pollination & Tissue Culture
Feb. 22 Tree Improvement Case Studies From Around the Country and Around the World
March 1 Future Issues: Genetic Engineering and Genomics of Fir Species


Rick Bates - Penn State University

Gary Chastagner - Washington State University

Bert Cregg - Michigan State University

John Frampton - North Carolina State University

Chal Landgren - Oregon State University

Lilian Matallana - North Carolina State University

Jim Rockis - Reliable Source Seeds and Transplants

Cost: No charge - registration is required. Register by January 25 at:

Contact: Bert Cregg cregg@msu.edu 517-353-0335
Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Jill O’Donnell, 231-779-9480 by January 25, 2017 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be
fulfilled when possible.

March 1st, 2017 Introduction To Forest Soils and Using the Web Soil Survey

10:30am - 12:30pm

The soil is one of the most important resources in your forest, and a key factor in forest productivity. Understanding the soil types and characteristics in your forest is critical for management
planning because soil provides water storage, aeration, nutrients, plant anchorage, and suitable environments for soil organisms. This class will give you an introduction to soil morphology,
landform origin, soil classification, and nutrient cycling. You will also learn how to use the Web Soil Survey to find and interpret this information for your property and identify risks associated
with soil disturbance and potential soil productivity losses.

 Information and Registration 

March 2nd, 2017 Logs to Lumber to Living

10:30am - 12:30pm

Thinking of building a cabin on  your woodland?  Whether it’s a primary residence or second home, building on your woodlands consists of a
number of things you need to consider. Among those are: permits, material costs (wood from your property vs. purchased), design features, amenities, and access/liability. We’ll also show you a
start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed, including information on materials, costs and added amenities.

Cost: $15/family (same  household). Register: online at: http://tinyurl.com/Logs2LumberSH, or
call Vicki at 503-397-3462.

March 4th, 2017 Woodland Management – Basic Forestry Shortcourse

1:00am - 7:00am

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It also serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training. Topics covered
•Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
•What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
•Taking Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
•Getting it Done: Safety, tools and techniques, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Instructor: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent.

Registration required: Cost for the course is $40 for one participant/$50 for two or more participants from the same family. Please pre-register no later than February 5. Use the form on the next
page or contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

Questions? Contact Glenn Ahrens, 503-655-8631 or glenn.ahrens@oregonstate.edu.

March 15th, 2017 The Era of Megafires

12:00pm - 2:00pm

The NW Fire Science Consortium along with Oregon State University's College of Forestry and the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program are sponsoring "http://www.north40productions.com/wildfire/" target="_blank">Era of Megafires in Corvallis, OR on March 15th from 7pm-9pm at the LaSells Stewart Center. The film focuses
on how we as a society can shift our cultural views of fire, learn to embrace it as an inevitable and crucial to our landscapes, and finally, learn to co-exist with it more peacefully through
learning, adaptation, and pro-action.

The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall.
Think TedX mixed with snappy documentary shorts and amazing photography. The videos are being created by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.

This event is FREE, parking is FREE at Reser Stadium. Doors open at 6:30pm.


March 23rd, 2017 Oregon Forest Pest Detector Training

2:00am - 5:30am

Help protect Oregon forests from invasive species. Designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests including the emerald ash borer and Asain honhorn beetle. Training has two
parts: a self-paced online prerequisite, followed by a field workshop.

Corvallis field workshop, March 23, 2017, 9 am to 12:30 pm

Visit the website for more information and to register

March 23rd, 2017 Woodland Discovery Workshops

10:30am - 1:00pm

This program is for forest owners thinking about managing their forestland and those folks interested in find-ing out what resources are available locally for supporting woodland management. It’s
also an opportunity to learn more about how to tap into these resources, gather information and potentially access financial as-sistance for management activities such as thinning and fuels


Come and join us for a great opportunity to learn more about what is available in your local area and who can provide support for and enhance your ability to manage your woodland property. We’ll
have a variety of re-source folks in attendance who will provide a brief overview of their programs, including the My Blue Moun-tains Woodland project, Wallowa Resources, Oregon Department of
Forestry Programs, Oregon State Univer-sity Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, Water-shed Councils, Tree Farm Program/Oregon Small
Woodlands Association/Landowner Cooperatives, and Blue Mountains Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Project and Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

We’ll also be discussing woodland management planning, such as benefits of planning, what’s in a plan, how to get started and financial incentives. Finally, we’ll reserve plenty of time for
questions and discussion with local resource professionals as well as woodland owners who are actively managing their woods.

Please call ahead to the OSU Extension Offices below so we can plan for adequate handouts and snacks.

For Island City, 541-963-1010; For Enterprise, 541-426-3143; For Pendleton: 541-278-5403

Sponsors and supporters: American Forest Foundation, My Blue Mountains Woodland Project, Oregon De-partment of Forestry, Wallowa Resources, OSU Extension, US Forest Service, Natural Resource
Conservation Service, Watershed Councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Hope to see you there!

March 24-25th, 2017 Clackamas Tree School


Tree School date: March 25, 2017. Catalogs sent: January 16. Registration opens:week of January 23

Watch the website for the offical opening date. Classes fill fast, prepare in advance by setting up a Tree School "https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension">log-in  now.

March 27-30th, 2017 International Mass Timber Conference


For more information, http://ow.ly/6Czi304OKuJ

March 30-31st, 2017 Tree School Umpqua


This one-day mini-college offers a variety of topics of interest for family forestland owners, foresters, loggers, arborists, teachers, and the general public. This class will be offered at Phoenix
Charter School in Roseburg, OR. To be notified of the schedule and registration information, and for more information, call Holly at (541) 672-4461. Also, visit the Douglas County Forestry program
website for more information: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/forestry

The cost for the event is $55 per person before March 1st, and $75 per person for late registration between March 2nd and 19th. Walk in registration is not offered.

Class catalogs will be available the first week of February. Contact the Douglas County Extension office to ensure you receive a copy.


April 4th, 2017 Woodland Management

11:30am - 2:30pm

This six-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered include:

•Getting started: Assessing your property and your site •What’s going on in your woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology •Taking care of your woods: Tree planting, care for an
established forest, weed control •Getting it done : Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations •Field trip :  See real examples of things learned in class

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April 17-19th, 2017 Reviewing a timberland appraisal for accuracy and credibility


Increase your confidence in understanding and reviewing appraisal reports for your clients and company.

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May 4th, 2017 Master Woodland Manager Training is coming to Central Oregon!

2:00am - 9:00am

Master Woodland Manager (MWM) is our Forestry and Natural Resources Extension premier forest stewardship and volunteer program. This program has been running for over 25 years, serving more than
500 landowners around the state, and in 2017 it is coming to Central Oregon.

This program only comes around to a given region about every 10 years, so take advantage of this opportunity!

During the Master Woodland Manager program, you will:

• Visit woodlands and ranches around the region. Field days will occur in the Sisters, La Pine, Bend, and Prineville areas.

• Meet and learn from other woodland owners.

• Get to know our region’s forest and natural resource professionals from various agencies.

• Learn from Oregon’s State University’s forest, river, and wildlife experts!

• Gain knowledge and skills that you can apply on your property.

• Become part of Central Oregon’s tremendous woodland owner and forestry community.

This unique training combines at-home readings and videos, online discussions, and field days. This allows us to focus our face-to-face time in the field (instead of in the classroom enduring long
lectures!), reinforcing concepts and practicing new skills.

Field days are spaced out so that there is enough time to do the pre-session preparation, and for you to apply concepts at home and ask questions as needed in between sessions.

Central Oregon MWM Agenda:

February 23: Introduction, Landscape Setting and Fire Ecology

March 15: Upland Ecology and Management

March 30: Business Management and Taxes

April 13: Riparian And Watershed Systems

May 4: Reforestation and Young Forests

May 25: Harvesting, Marketing Forest Products and Roads

June 15: Forest Health, Graduation Dinner

May 17th, 2017 Starker Lecture Series

2:00am - 10:00am

See website for details  



Thurs., January 19, Film. "Pedal Driven" at the Whiteside

Wed. Feb. 15. Dr. Nina Roberts, "The Big Picture"

Wed. Mar. 8. John Allen, "Managing Impacts of Recreation"

Wed. Apr. 12. Paul Jakus, "Economics"

Wed. May 17 Capstone Tour. "Local Perspectives"

May 18th, 2017 Master Woodland Manager Course

2:00am - 9:00am

Do you want to make sure your forest is resilient to fire, pests or diseases?  Are you interested in how your land can better suit wildlife, timber production, or recreation? Would you like to
make sure your roads are well-built, and know that you filed your taxes correctly? The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) program shows you how to “read” your woodland by understanding local ecological
factors as well as how to conduct assessments to determine where your woodland is heading as it grows and matures. You will learn how various management activities can help you meet your long term
vision for the property.   This is the flagship course of the OSU Extension Forestry program.  MWM volunteers represent a 20 year legacy, and include a wide array of people and
woodlands throughout Oregon. Whether you own 5 or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you gain skills for tending your woodland and provide opportunities to share your passion for
stewardship.  View the Master Woodland Manager application/registration brochure.