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Forestry E-Letter
February 2012 - Issue 5

Forestry classes offered throughout the year in Lane County
This is a photo of a forested area in wester Oregon.
With assistance from the Lane Small Woodlands Association and Forests Today & Forever, OSU Extension is offering a series of eight forestry classes in Lane County.
The classes will take place at the National Guard Armory in Springfield, with the exception of field studies portions, and are as follows:
Feb. 7:   Forest Ecology: How Trees & Forests Grow Over Time   Instructor: Stephen Fitzgerald
Feb. 21: Merchandising Logs: Log Buyers Panel.    Instructor: Steve Bowers
March 6: Current Status of Forest Insect and Disease Epidemics in Oregon.  Instructor: Dave Shaw
April 17: What do you want your woodland or forest to look like when it grows up? Instructor: Stephen Fitzgerald
April 24: Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) for Enjoyment and Income. Instructor: Nicole Strong
May 15: Woodland Roads: BMPs That Protect Your Property & Meet the Rules. Instructor: Steve Bowers
May 15:  Forest Practices Illustrated: Good Stewardship, Good Compliance (register)  Instructors: Steve Bowers and Paul Adams
Sept. 22: Alternative Products from the Mill: Small-scale Sawing & Drying Workshop Instructors: Jim Reeb, and Dick Flynn

   Cost is $25 and pre-registration is preferred.
For class times and more information, please visit the OSU Extension website at:

WFCA Workshop on Slope Stability February 29 in Tigard
This is a photo of a slide area in western Oregon.
The Western Forestry and Conservation Association is offering a workshop on slope stability later this month.
"Slope Stability on PNW Forested Lands," Feb 29 at Embassy Suites, Tigard OR., will cover a variety of topics pertaining to unstable slopes, including detection, terminology, sediment delivery, assessment, road design, regional studies, and mitigation.
For more information or to register:

Forest Health in Oregon
A conk illustrating Annosus Root Rot.
“State of the State 2012” is a one-day conference and continuing education event designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees.
The conference is for those interested in Oregon forests, particularly foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, and woodland owners.
Topics include Forest Insect Pests, Forest Tree Diseases, Hardwoods, Vertebrate Damage, Non-Native Invasive Forest Pests and Weeds, and Fire.
The program is designed to give participants access to scientists during extended panel question periods. The Corvallis conference will feature themed tables during the lunch hour where forest health specialists and scientists will be represented so participants can engage in discussions on their preferred topics in a relaxed setting.
The cost is $85.
To register: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/foresthealth2012

Forestry Volunteers Wanted
This is a photo of kids learning about natural resources.
Forests Today & Forever,” a non-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to promoting forest stewardship through education, is seeking volunteers to assist with their “Forest Field Day” classroom sessions. These programs are designed to help Southern Willamette Valley students, teachers, and communities obtain a better understanding of the complex issues involved in natural resource management.
Some of the upcoming April and May sessions take place near Crow, and some take place near Sisters.
Dates you can volunteer to help: April 25, 26, and 28; May 2, 4, 9, 16, and 17. There is also a class planned May 25 near Florence.
For more information, please contact LaRae Ash at 541-767-9078, or by e-mail, at coordinator@foreststodayandforever.org

Budget, Board of Forestry, Centennial
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The statewide hiring and spending freezes remain in effect, and ODF, like agencies across state government, is focusing sharply on the highest-priority needs. We have downsized or cancelled some of our planned training and conferences, and other planned work, hiring, and important projects have also been put on hold in light of the freeze.
The Board of Forestry prepared for the new year with a productive workshop on January 17. Board members discussed ways of streamlining their planning process, sharpening their focus, and more efficiently integrating their work with that of our staff. In addition, they affirmed their interest in reaching out as individuals – in joining members of the agency's Executive Team in meetings with legislators for instance, or hosting community meetings, as several have already done.
With three of our Board members at the end of their four-year terms, we may see some change in the Board’s makeup. Soon, Governor Kitzhaber will share his list of appointees with the Senate, which will, in turn, vote on them during the short session.
In February, we will conclude a year of celebration of our agency’s centennial. Thanks to all who have planned or participated in our centennial activities.

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In This Issue 

Forestry classes in Lane County
WFCA Slope Stability Workshop
Forest Health in Oregon
Forestry Volunteers Wanted
Budget, Board of Forestry, Centennial
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