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 12-13th, 2016 Reforestation Field Workshop


Classroom session covering site prep, seed sources, nursery availability, tree seedling types, seedling care, weed control and maintenance. Field session in which participants will learn about
tools for planting, proper seedling handling and storage, planting techniques, and protection from animal damage. Try out new skills alongside a professional tree planter. Learn techniques leading
to best transplant success. Dress appropriately for rain or shine. Coffee refreshments, lunch and information materials will be provided. Advanced registration is required.


February 16-17th, 2016 Forest Health in Oregon


Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2016 is a conference and continuing education event hosted at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University. The event is designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forests. The first day of the event will be an opportunity for participants to learn about the latest information regarding insects, disease, fire, vertebrates, and a changing climate-and how each of these are currently affecting Oregon’s forests. The second day will focus on management of these factors and discuss mitigation strategies moving forward.

Foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, woodland owners, students and anyone else with an interest in the health of Oregon’s forests would benefit from attending this event. The program is designed to give participants access to scientists during extended panel question periods. There will also be opportunities for participants to engage in discussion with forest health specialists and scientists on topics of interest in an informal setting.

For more information, http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2016foresthealth/

February 16-19th, 2016 Oregon Fire Prevention Workshop


We are now accepting proposals for educational presentations for the 2016 Oregon Fire Prevention Workshop. We are interested in structural and wildland fire prevention and safety education topics. You may submit as many proposals as you wish, but only one proposal per web form. All proposals will be reviewed by the 2016 Oregon Fire Prevention Workshop Committee, and selections will be based on relevance, focus, cost, and practical application. Lodging and meals will be provided at no cost for presenters at the workshop facility.

Proposals are due by September 25, 2015. The 2016 Oregon Fire Prevention Workshop Planning Committee will review proposals on October 6, 2015. You will be contacted by October 31, 2015. To submit a proposal, visit: workshop website.

February 17-19th, 2016 RAFWE


The Research Advances in Fisheries Wildlife and Ecology Symposium (RAFWE) showcases research, extension, and outreach activities conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, related departments at OSU and other colleges and universities, and state and federal agencies. We are happy to announce Dr. Elizabeth P. Derryberry of Tulane University as the 2016 RAFWE keynote speaker.

Workshops are provided on the 18th while the 19th features professional talks, speed talks, a brownbag lunch discussion, keynote address, poster session, silent auction, and live auction. Graduate students and undergraduate students from any natural resource department are strongly encouraged to participate and/or attend.  Faculty and the general public are encouraged to attend the meeting as well. 

Click HERE to register anytime after January 1st, 2016. Registration will close February 11th. 

Note: Registration is FREE, but lunch is only provided for pre-registrants. Same-day registration is available for attendance.

February 19th, 2016 Sense your WILD Surroundings

12:30am - 8:30am

Audience: Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd grade Adult formal and non-formal educators
Curricula: Growing Up Wild and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Description: This full day early learner Project Learning Tree and Project WILD workshop will focus on the Pre-Kindergarten educator. Learn how to incorporate natural sciences and multi-sensory activities into your early learner curriculum. We will focus on how to teach using multiple learning styles, enjoy classroom activities and field experiences alike.
To prepare: Dress to engage in discovery outside. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and rain. Bring your lunch, a notebook and your favorite children’s book.

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February 19-29th, 2016 Diverse Oaxaca: Conservation, Natural Resources and Traditional Practices


Registration is now open for OSU Extension’s Oaxaca natural resources study tour! 

The tour:

Oaxaca, Mexico is a land of mega diversity. Join us as we travel from colonial Oaxaca City to off-the-beaten-path indigenous villages, will be on traditional land use practices and solutions and challenges in a region with more than 8,000 years of agricultural history and civilization. We’ll visit sustainable community forests, traditional farms, conservation sites, and much more.

The tour is organized by OSU Extension’s Land Steward program in partnership with Traditions Mexico, an expert, on-location tour outfitter with 20 years of cultural and ecological tourism experience in Oaxaca.

Who is this for?

This study tour is designed for landowners, land stewards, natural resource professionals, and others with a taste for travel and interest in the intersection of culture and land management.

Cost: $2,800 double occupancy/$400 additional single supplement.  Excludes airfare. 

Learn More:

Itinerary, registration and travel information at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/tour-overview

February 24th, 2016 Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

10:30am - 1:00pm

Scott Leavengood, Director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center at OSU, will speak on “What’s New in Forest Products”.

February 24-26th, 2016 Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation: All Lands, All Hands


Recent unprecedented collaboration between management agencies, scientists, private landowners, industry, and others working to sustain healthy sagebrush ecosystems across all boundaries demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach.

The Great Basin Consortium and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Utah State University are co-sponsoring a conference to continue sharing the latest information and to plan for the conservation, restoration, and maintenance of resilient sagebrush ecosystems throughout the Great Basin and beyond.

For more information, http://sagebrushconference2016.org/index.cfm

February 29th - March 1st, 2016 Basic Woodland Management Short Course 2016


More details to come. Mark your calendar now if you would like to take our annual offering of this course.

March 1st, 2016 Woodland Information Night

10:30am - 12:30pm

Save the date, details to be announced.

March 2-4th, 2016 Into the Field: Investigating Environmental Issues through Inquiry


Audience: 6th-12th Grade Educators
Curricula: Project WILD’s Science and Civic and Project Learning Tree’s Focus on Forests
Description: This training program will help instill confidence in teachers of grades 6-12 to create and lead field-based investigations. The training helps build teachers’ content knowledge about issues impacting the people, wildlife and environment of the region, as well as provides them with direct experience in developing and implementing field-based studies. The teachers will learn and utilize professional field management techniques, strict safety standards and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.

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March 4-5th, 2016 Flying WILD at the Refuge


Audience: 3-8 Educators
Curricula: Flying WILD
Description: Teachers will get background, curriculum, and tools to engage students in real world learning outside the classroom door. The focus is using birds and their habitats as investigation with science field journals as a tool to record observations, in reflections, and to guide additional science inquiry. Bring your binoculars for a fun day of learning and take home the Flying WILD guide. Workshop fee $25 includes lunch.
To register: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/963

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March 5th, 2016 Woodland Management…a basic forestry shortcourse

1:00am - 7:00am

Thursday evenings, February 11, 18, 25 and March 3 from 6-8:30pm, Saturday, March 5 from 9am-3pm. This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland
property: assess your site, understand tree biology and forest ecology, learn how to plant trees, control weeds, and care for an established forest. Learn about safety, timber sale logistics, laws
and regulations, tools and techniques. Registration is required:


March 9th, 2016 Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop-South Coast

12:00am - 8:30am

This workshop will provide technical assistance, tools and resources to guide landowners with fish habitat and passage projects. Half the day will be spent in the classroom, and the remainder in the field visiting recent fish passage and habitat projects. The aim is to encourage more forest landowners to understand voluntary fish passage and restoration projects in support of the Oregon Plan.

Sponsored by:
• The Oregon Forest Resources Institute
• Oregon Department of Forestry
• Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
• Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
• Oregon State University Extension

March 12th, 2016 Community Forestry Days

12:30am - 7:00am

Want to know how to accomplish reforestation after logging? February 13, 8:30-3:00pm, plant tree seedlings with a professional tree planter. Learn how the pros do it! You can also help transplant
native herbs collected from other parts of Hopkins Forest for planting in the riparian area. There is an option to join the Reforestation Field Workshop (information on page three), which is also
taking place the same day.
Community Forestry Days are an opportunity for you to learn by doing in a sustainably managed woodland--it’s sort of like a “dude ranch” in the forest. Volunteers help with tree planting and pruning;
reducing fire hazards and controlling invasive weeds; repairing trails, maintaining facilities, and other seasonal tasks..
For either date, registration is requested.

March 17th, 2016 Bell Pole Yard Tour


Save the date, details to be announced.

March 18-19th, 2016 Tree School


Be looking for your Tree School Catalog to be mailed out the week of January 19.

Here is the link for the catalog: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas/tree-school-0

March 22-24th, 2016 Mass Timber Conference


Mark your calendar for March 23-24, 2016. Forest Business Network’s new Mass Timber Conference will focus on cross-laminated timber (CLT), glulam, nail laminated timber, and other mass timber wood products and their applications. The newly-redesigned Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon will serve as home for the conference where we will address the obstacles and opportunities for

– the entire supply chain in creating a CLT industry in North America,
– midrise and tall wood buildings,
– incorporating more mass timber products in hybrid commercial structures,
– and more.

 The event website and social media pages will launch by end of summer. Registration should open in September. Look for event progress updates in our weekly newsletter. If you are interested in exhibiting and/or sponsoring the event, please send us a note via our contact form.

April 1st, 2016 Master Woodland Manager Course


Save the Date!

April 3-8th, 2016 SER Reional Conference: Monitoring Ecological Restoration


The 2016 SERNW Regional Conference on ecological restoration will bring together scientists, restoration professionals, and government agencies involved in the practice and science of ecological restoration and management in the Cascadia Bioregion. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon and will highlight the following thematic topics:

  • Monitoring of Ecological Restoration
  • Restoring Soil Processes, Structure, and Function
  • Aquatic Restoration and Monitoring
  • Monitoring the Northwest Forest Plan
  • Climate Change Implications
  • Monitoring Techniques
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Adaptive Management.

Collaborating partners include: Northwest Forest Soils Council, Center for Natural Lands Management, Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals.

For more information, visit http://restoration2016.org/

April 4-7th, 2016 Extension Sustainability Summit 2016



Held for the first time in 2013, this popular event promises an exciting two-day Summit addressing sustainability and Cooperative Extension's outreach activities and opportunities. Plus field trips! And all the local foods and sustainably-created fun the Rose City has to offer!

For updates: http://wrdc.usu.edu/


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April 8th, 2016 Starker Lecture Series - Burning Questions: Forest, Fires & People

3:00am - 6:00am

Over the past several years, there has been an increase in the number and severity of wildfires in Oregon.  This trend is expected to continue as the Pacific Northwest become increasingly
vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate including, decreased snowpack, higher temperatures and drought, and declining forest health.  These environmental changes increase the risk of
catastrophic wildfire impacting communities living in the wildland-urban interface. Wildfire was once considered to be a risk only for people living in rural areas; however it is quickly becoming
a reality for urban neighborhoods.  Recent fires in Corvallis and Portland illustrate the need for rural and urban communities alike to adapt to the changing conditions of their environment
in which they live. The 2016 Starker Lecture will address the “new normal” of living with fire, and will offer individuals, neighborhoods, and communities useful information and strategies for
living in a changing environment.

April 8, 2016, 3:30pm, La Sells Stewart Center Ag Production Room , Living with Fire Workshop, Speaker: Ed Smith, Natural Resource Specialist, University of Nevada Cooperative