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.

January 20th, 2017 Lincoln County Farm to Forest Tour

1:00am - 6:00am

Save the date! More information to come!

RSVP: Lincoln County Extension Office 541-574-6534



January 21st, 2017 State of Fire: Risks, Effects, and Treatment Options

6:00am - 7:30am

State of Fire: Risks, Effects and Treatment Options. This updated presentation reviews the history of fire in Oregon's forests. It assesses the causes and effects of
forest fires as well as options for reducing the vulnerability of Oregon’s forests to catastrophic fires. Also, you'll learn what can be done to enhance the recovery of forest ecosystems that have
been damaged by fire. With the current dry conditions and low snowpack, there is increasing concern that there will be big wildfires this summer making this topic very timely.

Speaker: Sue Bowers , sbowers@certurytel.net

January 21st, 2017 Linn Chapter OSWA 2017 Annual Meeting and Potluck

9:00am - 11:00am

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time: doors open at 5:00 pm, potluck begins at 5:30 pm

Location: Odd Fellows Hall, Scio

January 24th, 2017 Trees & Taxes:

10:30am - 12:30pm

This class is a must for anyone with forest management expenses, recent forest income, or planning for future income from their forestland.  Many landowners are unaware of the special
provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that pertain to forestland and income generated from their land.  This session will help you improve the records you keep on your forestland as well as
minimize the taxes that you pay for income generated by your forest.  

Topics Include:

  • Understanding basis
  • Allocation of basis
  • Taxation of income
  • Forestry Incentives
  • Treatment of expenses
  • Recordkeeping


Tamara Cushing, OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Specialist – Forest Economics, Management & Policy Starker Chair in Private & Family Forestry

Additional Information and Registration:


January 24th, 2017 Washington County Small Woodlands Association

11:00am - 1:00pm

Topic: Water Rights and Water Wrongs Related to Small Woodland Ownership

Please join us for a presentation on water rights by Jake Constans, Watermaster for District 18 which includes Washington County. The presentation will include general background information on
water rights, water management in Washington County and will also touch on information related to water rights that is available and how to find it. Plan to join us and learn more about the how’s
and why’s of water management in the area from our watermaster.

January 25th, 2017 Funding Land Conservation in OR with RCPP

4:00am - 6:00am

Please join us for a free webinar on the Regional
Conservation Partnership Program
in Oregon. This webinar is geared toward land trusts, soil and water conservation districts, and conservation
partners who are working to advance large scale conservation projects in Oregon. Hear examples of how conservation partners and agricultural producers to work together to harness innovation,
expand the conservation mission and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation.

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January 26th, 2017 Forestry Tax and Ownership Presentation series

10:00am - 11:30am

Please join Benton Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension a lecture presented by Tamara Cushing, Ph.D., Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry, Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest
Economics, Management and Policy at OSU.

Date: Thursday Jan. 26th

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Location: Benton County Sunset Buildling, OSU Extension Meeting Room, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Please park at rear of the building and use the back building entrance. 

RSVP required, these talks are free but have limited space.  RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office
at 541-766-6750.

January 26th, 2017 Tree Seed and Seedling Supply for Forest Landowners and Christmas Tree Growers

10:30am - 12:30pm

If you intend to plant trees after a timber harvest, replant your Christmas tree farm, or establish a new forest, this session will help you plan for obtaining tree seedlings. There have been
reductions in availability of seed and seedlings due to increasing demand and also changes in the forest tree nursery business. Understand the big picture of supply limitations, learn how you can
overcome scarcity in the short term and how to best provide for your seedling needs over the long term.

Presenters: Glenn Ahrens and Jen Gorski, OSU Extension Forestry and Natural Resources will provide local background information. Mike Taylor of IFA Nurseries will guide us through a new online
system for ordering trees. Stan Beyer, Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association’s Seedling Sale Manager will provide information about sourcing seedlings through their program.

Registration is requested. Please call Jean Bremer at (503) 655-8631 or email: jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

For more information, please contact Jen Gorski at (503) 655-8684 or email: Jennifer.gorski@oregonstate.edu.

January 27-28th, 2017 Benton Chapter OSWA 2017 Annual Meeting


Please plan on joining us for a fun and informative event. Speakers: Sara Robinson, OSU will speak about her research on spalting wood, woodworking projects and woodturning, and Francisca Belart,
the new OSU Extension timber harvesting specialist. Door prizes will be provided by area suppliers. 

Date: Saturday, January 28th

Location: Beazell Memorial Forest facility, north of Wren on Hwy 223.

Time: starts at noon with a catered lunch.

Cost: $15 per person at the door.

RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

February 4th, 2017 2017 Local Wood Products Fair and Sale - Call for Exhibitors

12:00am - 4:00am

If you are a local woodland owner, craftsperson, or business producing and selling materials or products for our local woodland and forests, you are invited...

The fair highlights the many great products and materials coming from local woodlands, with products from raw sawn boards to small finished wood products.  The fair and sale is free and runs
concurrently with the Linn County Seedling Sale.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 
Time: 8 am until noon 
Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, just east of I-5 at exit 234.

Exhibitor Information:
10 x 10 ft space, $25.00 fees benefit the Linn County OSWA chapter educational projects (4-H forestry activities and college scholarships in forestry or natural resources.)

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information email or call Extension at 541-766-6750

February 4th, 2017 Linn County Annual Seedling Sale

12:00am - 4:00am

Sponsored by the Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (LCSWA). Proceeds benefit youth educational programs in Linn County, including 4-H forestry activities and college
scholarships in forestry or natural resources.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time: 8 am until noon (or while supplies last)

Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, just east of I-5 at exit 234.

See plant information for species available. Payment by
cash or check. For the best selection, pre-order and pay using the order

February 4th, 2017 How to Manage a Timber Sale

1:00am - 9:00am

This seminar will introduce you to the steps involved in setting up and managing a timber sale to yield the ecological and economic results you want from harvesting trees from your forest.

For more information, http://nnrg.org/how-to-manage-a-timber-sale/

REGISTER AT: http://timber-sale-or.eventbrite.com

February 8th, 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.

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February 11th, 2017 Hopkins Community Forest Day

12:30am - 6:30am

This is your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland. Volunteers help with all the essential seasonal tasks of managing a working Demonstration Forest.
Learning by doing – it’s the
Hopkins way we manage our forest.

February 11 – Early season trail maintenance and improvement. Also, help take inventory of seedling survival, stocking level, and maintenance needs. Areas to survey include a 7-acre harvest area
planted in 2016, underplanting in the Thinning and Pruning Demonstration Area and Uneven aged Management Area. This will be in conjunction with a Reforestation Assessment Workshop.

Registration is requested. A delicious hot lunch is provided at Community Forestry Days. Contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu to get on the list.

For more information contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu.

February 11th, 2017 Restoration Assessment Workshop

1:00am - 6:00am

This reforestation workshop includes an informal classroom session covering the
basic steps in reforestation: site preparation, seed sources, nursery availability, tree
seedling types, seedling care, weed control, maintenance, and assessment. The work-
shop continues in the field where participants will participate in a survey and assess-
ment of reforestation success and maintenance needs in the first year after planting.

There is no fee, but advance registration is required. Coffee, refreshments, lunch and information materials will be provided in conjunction with the monthly Community Forest work day at Hopkins
Demonstration Forest. Dress for a field day (rain or shine).

To register, please contact Jean at the OSU Extension office at 503-655-8631 or

February 12th, 2017 Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year


You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: USDA Forest Service, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, NC State Cooperative Extension, Texas Forest Service.

Title: "Click here to learn more about this webinar and what it has to offer.">Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year

What will you learn?
What will you learn? Join
this webinar to get the latest tax information, filing season updates, and practical tax tips on: • How to report timber sale • What timber-related expenses and losses can be deducted • Who are
responsible for filing 1099 on timber sales • What are the IRS rules on record keeping and substantiating expenses The presenter will answer your specific questions through the online interactive
session. title="Click here to learn more about this webinar and what it has to offer.">learn more here...

Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service

February 18th, 2017 Citizen Fire Academy: Home Protection and Fuels Reduction Workshop

1:00am - 7:00am

This workshop is for woodland owners and others living in or near woodland areas. It will focus on how to assess fire risk around rural homes and in forest/landscape areas with wildfire hazards.
The goal is to help you and your community prepare for the next fire season. Learn about the three main components of fire risk and about risk mapping and evaluation at the community level. Field
activities include conducting a fuels reduction “audit” on sites with buildings as well as forested areas. Learn how to:
•Evaluate and treat fuel hazards to create defensible space according to “Home Ignition Zone Recommendations”.
•Evaluate fuel loads, fire hazards, and principles of fire-resistant forests.
•Evaluate high risk situations (e.g., heavy slash with ladder fuels).

Field examples will include a woodland after fuels reduction treatments and a forest that has not been treated.

This workshop is in conjunction with the final session of the Citizen Fire Academy, a volunteer training program to help citizens become leaders in wildfire preparedness in their community.

Registration is required by February 15. The cost is $15 for transportation and workshop materials. Participants should dress for the field and bring their own lunch. Coffee and refreshments will
be provided.

Please call Jean to register at 503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

February 18th, 2017 The Ins & Outs of Special Forest Products

1:30am - 3:30am

Learn the basics of setting up a small business for the purpose of marketing your non-timber forest products—the greenery, berries, medicinals, fungi and landscape plants—that you might like to
sell from your forest. Look at different marketing strategies and methods commonly used in this business. This is a “no-spin” class... just the skills you need to know to be successful. Find out
about the laws and regulations, time management realities to accommodate, contracting, personnel management, and get a tour of the product warehouse and much more.....

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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 2nd, 2017 The Era of Megafires

9:30am - 12:00pm

Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres and their impacts on people and ecosystems is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are
threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimu-late conversation about this important issue across all levels of

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 16th, 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.

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 12th, 2017 Starker Lecture Series

8:30am - 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"

April 13th, 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