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.

August 31st, 2016 Desert & Shrub-steppe Ecology

1:00am - 10:00am

This class will focus on the history, ecology and management of grasslands, sagebrush, shrub-steppe and deserts of the Northern Basin and Range Ecoregion.

For more information, http://oregonmasternaturalist.org/basinrange

September 1st, 2016 Ecology and Management of Steens Mountain

1:00am - 10:00am

This class will focus on the ecology and management of Steens Mountain ecosystems, in particular the plant communities of Western Juniper, bunch grass, sagebrush and aspen. The BLM will spend the day with us, including a visit to land in private landownership.

For more information, http://oregonmasternaturalist.org/basinrange

September 2nd, 2016 Prescribed fire on private lands

2:00am - 9:30am

Join us to learn about planning and implementing prescribed fire on private lands. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet ranchers and woodland owners from Nebraska, Iowa, and Oregon who are using
prescribed fire to restore and improve their lands. Field trips both days include visits to recently burned areas.

September 8th, 2016 Native Trees Walk

10:30am - 12:30pm

Trouble distinguishing White and Black Oaks? Wondering if that huge cedar is an Incense, Port-Orford, or Western red? Love, care, and health of your trees can only be enhanced by learning about what you've got. This seminar with give you all the tricks of the trade to identify the Native tress in Lane County – even the look-alikes! This seminar will also discuss the tree’s life characteristics, so you know how to give your trees what they need to stay healthy. 

September 10th, 2016 Community Forestry Days

1:30am - 7:30am

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.

September 10: Cleaning and staining of Everett (Forest) Hall, foot bridge maintenance, and preparations forHopkins 25th Anniversary rededication on September 17.

Registration is requested.

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

September 12th, 2016 Poplar for Biofuels

4:30am - 7:00am

Join us for a tour and lunch! Register at "http://hardwoodbiofuels.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=0d35535cc6177596539c70c20&id=0f4c548970&e=b7f228f9be" target="_blank">http://goo.gl/forms/h "_blank">5dO0E0SLfmNhZMH2

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) invites you to join AHB researchers for
a day out in the field. We will be visiting AHB’s Jefferson Demonstration Site. The hybrid poplars near Jefferson, Oregon will be showing much of their full re-growth potential as they continue
into their third growing season after being initially harvested in the fall of 2013. Lunch included!

As a purpose-grown crop for bioenergy, the poplars highlight their potential as a sustainable feedstock for
biofuel and biochemical production in the Willamette Valley.

September 15th, 2016 Drought, Mistletoes, Root Rots and Beetles

2:00am - 9:00am

Morning Classroom Topics and Speakers:
• Important bark beetles of eastern Oregon: what you need to know, Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry Entomologist
• Dwarf mistletoe’s of the region: impact, benefits and management, Dave Shaw, OSU Extension Forest Health Specialist
• Root diseases: what to look for and how to manage, Sarah Navarro, Oregon Department of Forestry Pathologist
• Silvicultural strategies for healthy forests, Steve Fitzgerald, OSU Extension Silviculture Specialist and Director of College Research Forests

After the classroom sessions we’ll head out to several field sites that will focus on the morning topics as well as talk about slash management, drought effects/management and other forest health
issues important locally. Dave Shaw will be bringing a few of his students along to participate.

For the field session, there will be some van space available, otherwise we will car pool from Cloverleaf Hall. Please bring your own lunch and water/drinks and be prepared for some walking in the

So we can plan for handouts and snacks please register by Tuesday, September 13!

This will be a great opportunity to learn about some of the more important forest health issues facing management of our Blue Mountain forest and discuss management opportunities for enhancing
healthy forests of eastern Oregon. So, bring your questions and get ready for informative and even lively discussions with forest health specialists from around the state!

September 15th, 2016 Regional Forest Health Workshop

2:00am - 9:00am

Audience: professional land managers, woodland owners, students, contractors

This educational opportunity will focus on three major insect/disease issues common in northeast Oregon and their management: 1) Important bark beetles of eastern Oregon: what you need to know; 2) Dwarf mistletoe’s of the region: impact, benefits and management; and 3) Root diseases: what to look for and how to manage. We’ll throw in some management perspectives: silvicultural strategies for healthy forests.

September 22-23rd, 2016 Precision Tree Felling: SAWW Training Levels 1 & 2


This hands-on two-day training will introduce you to some of the world’s leading methods for safe, efficient, and precise tree felling.

For more information, http://nnrg.org/beginning-forestry/ or REGISTER HERE

September 24th, 2016 Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

9:00am - 12:30pm

Joe and Shirley Holmberg are Linn County Tree Farmers of the year for 2016. The Holmberg’s purchased their fifty acre farm sixteen years ago and have reforested with Willamette valley ponderosa
pine, Douglas-fir, incense cedar, and Oregon ash while managing unique habitats for wildlife. In addition they have restored a one-hundred year old farmhouse that was virtually uninhabitable.

This will also be a potluck with beverages and a main dish provided.

September 24-29th, 2016 IUFRO Extension & Knowledge Exchange Working Party



The next IUFRO Extension & Knowledge Exchange Working Party conference, to be held at Kenora, Ontario, Canada, from September 25th to the 29th, 2016. 

The theme of the 2016 conference is, "Increasing capacity for program delivery through knowledge exchange networks and peer-to-peer learning".  This is your opportunity to provide examples of successful collaborative programs and partnerships, the process for development, what worked and what didn't, and lessons learned.
In addition to oral and poster presentations, we are also providing the opportunity to submit a manuscript for publishing consideration in a special issue of The Forestry Chronicle.  Submission deadline for papers is June 21, 2016.  If you plan on submitting a paper, you must still submit an abstract by the March 21st deadline You are not required to submit a manuscript to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, and should include the title, all authors and affiliations, and indicate whether it is  to be considered for either an oral or poster presentation, or both. Indicate also if you intend to submit an unpublished manuscript to the Forestry Chronicle, but DO NOT send the manuscript at this time.  

Please include the name and email for the primary contact and title your document and email: "LASTNAME"_IUFRO_EKE

Please email your abstract to janean.creighton@oregonstate.edu

September 28-29th, 2016 Citizen Fire Academy


Citizen Fire Academy -Be a leader for Wildfire Preparedness in Your Community

First Session September 29th – Last Session November 3rd

Held at Hopkins Demonstration Forest, online learning workshops,  and Molalla Area field trips

The Citizen Fire Academy (CFA) volunteer education program puts wildfire preparedness into the hands of landowners and the community, with the help of local, state, and federal fire management

Are you interested in learning how you and your community can prepare for fire?  Do you want to know how wildfires work and how you can give your home and property the best chance to survive
it?  Citizen Fire Academy is the program for you.  Join us in this education and service program that will give you the tools you need and will teach you about who to turn to when wildfire
comes.  Coursework consists of online modules that can be done at your own pace, in the comfort of your home, and interactive field tours help you solidify the concepts and strategies you learn.
Following graduation, help your community prepare for wildfire with your new knowledge!

CFA starts with an introductory session, held September 29, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm at Hopkins Demonstration  
Forest, Everett (Forest) Hall. The Introductory Session is a meeting with your fellow CFA participants, local
instructors, fire professionals, with a tutorial on how to use the online Canvas coursework.  Laptop computers will be available for participants who do not wish to bring their own, but bringing
your own laptop is recommended!

Cost for the full program: $35/person or $50/couple. Register for Citizen Fire Academy by September 9, 2016, at: "https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1067">https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1067.

October 1st, 2016 Native Seed Propagation Workshop

2:00am - 8:00am

Would you like to know how to propagate your own native plants to grow in your forest? If you’re interested in the biology of plants, would like to know how to do it yourself, and are interested in enhancing wildlife habitat, this is the perfect chance! You’re welcome to bring your own collected native fruit or work with what we’ve been busy collecting all summer. This is a combination of learning the biology first in beautiful Everett (Forest) Hall, then heading out to a seed cleaning area where you will get hands-on experience cleaning many different types of fruit.
You’ll learn:
•How to clean fleshy fruit like red-flowering currant, serviceberry, blackhawthorn, snowberry, red-osier dogwood, and twinberry
•Learn the fleshy fermentation process
•How to clean dry fruit like Pacific ninebark and Douglas spirea
•How to ripen cones
•How to clean seeds from Valley Ponderosa pine, western redcedar,noble fir, and western white pine
•When it’s best to buy seed and when it’s helpful to pick your own
•How to store seed
•How to pretreat and overcome dormancy in seed to get it ready for

You will take home some of the provided seed and obtain propagation protocols to know how to grow on your own. For more information about the workshop or if you wish to bring in your own collected native fruit to clean, please contact Jen Gorski, to ensure we review the best cleaning practices for all species prior to the workshop.

Registration is required.

October 5th, 2016 Drought Impacts on Central Oregon Forest Health

2:00am - 8:00am

Join forest health experts from Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the US Forest Service for a day of forest health learning. We will spend a little time in the classroom and then head out to Roy Beyer’s Wine Down Ranch for hands-on experience diagnosing drought related forest health issues such as bark beetles, mistletoe, and maybe even some root rot! We will also discuss potential mitigation strategies.

October 6th, 2016 Mentored Management Planning Workshop for Woodland Owners

11:30am - 1:30pm

This workshop will guide you through the components of a plan and pair you with an experienced “Mentor” who will provide some one-on-one support. Participants should plan to attend all sessions and expect to do some work on their own between sessions. Instructor, Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources.

Register online here. Space is limited, please register by Sept. 29th

October 8th, 2016 Discovering Value in Your Forest

2:00am - 10:00am

In this class you’ll tour local forests and learn about using – and marketing – plant materials for food and craft, small-scale milling, and how to selectively cultivate high-value forest products.

For more information, http://nnrg.org/discovering-value-in-your-forest/

REGISTER AT: http://forest-value-or.eventbrite.com

October 14th, 2016 Oregon Forest Pest Detectors Training

6:00am - 9:30am

The Oregon Forest Pest Detector training program is designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests in Oregon, including the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorned beetle
(ALB). Oregon Forest Pest Detectors are the front line of defense against these potentially high-risk forest pest invasions. We need people who are killed in recognizing the signs and
symptoms of EAB and ALB so that we can quickly respond before they become established in Oregon.

The training will teach you how to identify these insects, their hosts, and their signs and symptoms; and what to do if you find an infested tree. This free course is great for anyone who is
involved with tree care in urban or natural areas. The training has two parts: a self-paced, online prerequisite course followed by a field workshop.  

CEUs are available for ODA/WSDA pesticide applicators, ISA, SAF, and Master Gardeners/Naturalists.   For a full course schedule and registration visit our website:

October 20th, 2016 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.

October 25th, 2016 Woodland Management

11:30am - 1:30pm

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property in Lane, Linn, or Benton Counties.

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, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

October 25th, 2016 The Era of Megafires

12:00pm - 1:30pm

A short film and discussion that combines research perspectives and personal stories about the devastating effects of two megafires in Washington during the summers of 2014 and 2015. 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 proaction.


October 27th, 2016 Your Legacy, Your Land

4:00am - 5:00am

Join us for our monthly Your Legacy, Your Land Webinars.  We are partnering with OSU and their Ties to the Land program to connect you
with experts as you work through your plans.  On the fourth Thursday of every month at 11 pm (PST), we will discuss a different topic associated with your legacy plan, from setting goals to
communicating with your family to understanding the different estate planning tools.   Register for each webinar: http://mylandplan.org/content/your-legacy-your-land-monthly-webinar-series

October 27th, 2016 Logs to Lumber to Living: A Cabin in the Woods

11:00am - 1:00pm

Pride of ownership is continually listed near the top of why folks own woodland properties. What better way to increase that pride than building a cabin for you and others to enjoy?   Better yet: build a cabin from your own trees!   Before you take the plunge, it is best to consider the alternatives. Maybe you should buy the lumber because your trees aren’t the right size, species or quality. We’ll help you find-out. Join us in a discussion on the merits of owning and/or hiring a portable mill contractor. And the building is only the beginning.   How ‘bout water? Power? Heating and lighting? Can you access the site, aka roads?  And, the all-important septic: it does happen, you know. Included in the presentation will be a step-by-step cost and material analysis of a real-life example of a woodland cabin.  

Information and Registration

November 1-6th, 2016 2016 National Convention of the Society of American Foresters

5:00pm - 4:00pm

Forests form the fabric of the landscapes of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes area, influencing generations of foresters and figuring prominently in the cultures, traditions, and economies of the region. Madison is central to a robust Midwestern forestry community that offers a rich history, a legacy of pioneering forestry environmentalism, and an active contemporary forestry industry. It is a vibrant, safe, walkable capital city that is home to the University of Wisconsin and the world-renowned USFS Forest Products Lab.

The 2016 SAF National Convention will explore the rich history of forestry, land stewardship, and the connections that unite all who create, manage, use, and conserve forests and associated resources to meet desired goals, needs, and values.

For more information,  http://www.xcdsystem.com/safconference/website/

November 9th, 2016 2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

4:00am - 9:00am

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field
classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land
management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and
organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm

November 10th, 2016 Plant Propagation Class

10:30am - 12:30pm

Would you like to learn how to propagate native plants for your forest or landscape? Native plants support the local wildlife habitat, and are low maintenance when planted in the proper place. If
you have a natural area that needs to be restored, or are just interested in putting more natives into your home garden, farm or woodlot, then propagating your own can be very rewarding and save
you money to boot!

Clackamas Community College’s fall term Plant Propagation class will emphasize native plants this year, and is designed to give you hands-on experience reproducing a variety of plants from seeds
and cuttings. There is also an online component where you will get more of the background on how and why plants are propagated the way that they are.

The class is offered by the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College on the Oregon City campus Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm, September 29 - December 8, 2016, taught by Jen