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Linn County Small Woodlands Association

A Key Part of Oregon’s Landscape

Linn County Small Woodlands Association

A Key Part of Oregon’s Landscape

LCSWA logo

Linn County Small Woodlands Association

A Key Part of Oregon’s Landscape

LCSWA logo

Linn County Small Woodlands Association

A Key Part of Oregon’s Landscape

Past Activities or Meetings are arranged in descending date order.

Oregon Tree Farm System
2018 Recognition Luncheon, Workshop, and Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: The Oregon Garden,
J. Frank Schmidt Pavilion,
879 W. Main St., Silverton

View Official Announcement Flyer


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 Benton County
Extension office: 541-766-6750.

Location & Directions: State highway 228 intersects I-5 at exit 217 and connects Brownsville with Sweet Home. Crescent hill drive intersects with Hwy 228 three miles east of Crawfordsville and one-half mile west of the Holley store. Tree farm tour signs will point the way. The address is 25322 Crescent Hill Rd., Sweet Home, OR.


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)


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 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

Tangent Class filling up fast

Dates: 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 Class

Dates: Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, and 26. Field Trip Saturday, April 28.
Time: 6:00 to 8:30
Location: OSU Extension Polk County office

Cost: $50 for an individual, $60 for two from the same family sharing class materials.

Registration required by March 27.
Register online (http://bit.ly/BentonForestry ) , or call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email (jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu)
(Include name, phone, email, and number attending)


Woodland Information Night

Topics 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.


Oregon Season Tracker Citizen Science Training

Date: 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: jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu)
(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 (http://oregonseasontracker.forestry.oregonstate.edu/) to learn more about OST.

OST Online Spring Training: opens March 1, 2018 (2-3 hr. work on your own schedule).

OST skills building sessions (attend one):
Dallas, March 15, 6-8 pm
Newport, March 17, 10am-12pm
Leaburg, March 29, 6-8 pm
See website (http://oregonseasontracker.forestry.oregonstate.edu/become-ost-observer-its-easy) to register or for additional locations and dates Cost: $40 per individual or family sharing materials. Includes program-approved rain gauge.


Tour of New Forestry Building at OSU

Date: 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.


Linn County Small Woodlands Association 2018 Seedling Sale & Wood Product Expo

Date: Saturday February 3rd, 2018
Time: 8 AM to 12 noon
Location: Santiam Building, Linn County Fair & Expo Center 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, OR


Linn County Small Woodlands Association Annual Membership Meeting

Date: 3rd Saturday in January (January 20th, 2018)

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Scio ZCBJ Hall
38704 N Main St Scio, OR (at corner of Hwy226 & Main St.) Need Directions?

Bring your own place settings, main dish and dessert or salad


Forest and Woodland Roads Workshop

OSU Extension Service - Columbia County

Date: December 8, 2017.
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: St. Helens/Scappoose.

Advance Registration Required. online: http://tinyurl.com/roadsdec8 or call Sonia Reagan, 503-397-3462

Brochure (PDF)


Linn County Small Woodlands Quarterly Board Meeting

Date: December 7th

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: 3630 McFarland Rd, Tangent, OR 97389


Oak Mistletoe and Wildlife Tour

Lane County Extension will be hosting a tour to to explore the role of Oak mistletoe forest health and wildlife habitats.

Date: December 2, 2017.
Time: TBD
Location: Will likely visit sites in Lane and southern Benton Counties.

Registration Required. Call Lane County Extension to give your phone contact and number attending.


Linn Chapter OSWA Board Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30
Location: To Be Announced.


Spalting Tour

The Applied Mycology Lab at Oregon State University

Date: Wednesday; November 1, 2017
Time: 1800-2000
Presented by: Seri Robinson, PhD
Assistant Professor for Anatomy of Renewable Materials
Department of Wood Science & Engineering
Location: Details & directions to follow.


Woodland Management Short Course

The Basic Woodland Management Short Course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It gives a broad introduction to woodland ownership activities. It is offered in four evening sessions with a Saturday fieldtrip.
Course themes 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

Dates: Thursdays October 26, November 2, 9, 16
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Field Session: Saturday November 18th , 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent

Cost: $50/individual, $60/family
Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close by October 20th. Register by calling Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email including your phone contact and number attending.


OSWA Annual Meeting and TFOY recognition

Date: October 21, 2017
Location: Oregon Garden, Silverton OR


Woodland Talk

The Linn Chapter OSWA Class/Workshop will be hosting a talk on Growing a Diverse Forest, by OSU Extension agent. See meeting notesChoose October and then date.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Tentatively)
Location: Linn County Extension Office, Tangent
Cost: Free


Oregon Season Tracker Trainings

Oregon Season Tracker is a citizen science project to collect and report rainfall and seasonal events. Participants take an on-line training at home and then attend a local in-person session for volunteer skills building and Q&A.

OST Online Training: opens September xx (work on your own schedule).


OST skills building sessions (attend one of three, tentatively scheduled for):
Tuesday October 3, Thursday October 5, Tuesday October 17, Thursday October 19, Wednesday November 15
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Cost: $40 per individual or family sharing materials. Includes program-approved rain gauge.
$30 for Linn County residents requesting a discount from LCEA grant.


Seed and Seedling Field Tour For Forest Landowners and Christmas Tree Growers

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Starting Point: IFA Nursery, 1887 N Holly St, Canby

Full info at:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas/sites/default/files/wn_summer_2017_edition_online.pdf


Master Woodland Manager Gathering and Pot Luck

Save the Date: Wednesday, October 4.


Root Rot Tour, Lane County

Lane County Extension will be hosting a root rot tour, to look at symptoms, effects and possible management of some common west-side root diseases.

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017
Time: TBD
Location: Will likely visit sites in Lane and southern Benton Counties.

Registration Required. Call Lane County Extension to give your phone contact and number attending.

Riparian Buffer Demonstration Workshop For Forest Landowners

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Hopkins Demonstration Forest, 16750 S Brockway Rd, Oregon City

Full info at:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas/sites/default/files/wn_summer_2017_edition_online.pdf


Benton County 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Please join us to recognize this year’s honorees, Dave Hibbs and Sarah Karr and visit their Cedar Springs Tree farm property near Airlie. Dave and Sarah have been managing this property for twenty years to balance sound conifer management and production with unique wildlife considerations. The couple have lots of insights and stories to share about managing for diverse objectives.

Tour sponsors include: Dave and Sarah, OSWA Benton and Polk County Chapters, Oregon Tree Farm System and OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension.

Date: Saturday September 2, 2017
Time: 8:30 am to early afternoon
Details on lunch to follow
Location: Since space is limited, we are encouraging carpooling. Folks coming from points south and East, please arrive at the Adair County Park group picnic area by 8:30 a.m. for a car pool to the property. We will return to the park for lunch. Watch for signs within the park. A car pool from Polk County is also being arranged. Contact Mark Havel (503 876 4488) for details.

Registration Required by August 29. Call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email including your phone contact and number attending. Please come prepared for the weather of the day and being in the brush. Bring a water bottle, snacks or other personal items you need.


Annual Picnic of the Linn Chapter of OSWA

The Linn Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association invites you (OSWA member and public alike) to join them for their annual picnic. Activities for all ages will begin at 9:00 and include a tour of the property, educational displays and plant identification. It is a great chance to see a well-managed woodland property and visit with friends. The Sallee and Tye family will grill burgers, so please bring a potluck item to share.

Date: August 12, 2017
Time: Woodland activities 9:00 11:30
Lunch and social time 11:30 to 1:00 (flexible)
Location: Happy Valley Tree Farm, 32511 Bellinger Scale Road just east of Lebanon, OR.

For more information contact Bill Bowling (541-791-1370, bill@artisanlight.com)


Stand Density Tour – Alsea Nelder Plots (Posted)

Planting densities have a critical effect how individual trees and stands of trees grow. We will join Professor Mike Newton for a visit to a variable density research site (a Nelder plot) to hear some of what he learned there, and in other density-related work while at OSU. Join us for a lively discussion of planting densities and other management tools for supporting optimal stand health and productivity. Sponsored by the Benton Chapter of OSWA, Starker Forests and OSU Extension.

Date: Saturday, July 29 2017
Time: 8:15 AM to 12:00 noon
Location: We will meet at 8:15 at the office of Starker Forests, to car pool to the site in the Alsea area. We will depart promptly at 8:30.
What to bring: Please come prepared for the weather of the day and being in the brush. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle, snacks or other personal items you need.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close by July 26. Register by calling Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email including your phone contact and number attending.
(Will cap at 25 participants, plus leaders)

 

Previous Years

Activities held during 2016

Prior to 2016 - We have no or very little activity information. If you have an electronic copy of prior years activities, please send an email to webMaster@linnCountySWA.com so we can arrange to get a copy for the website. Thank You!