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Forestry E-Letter
November 2011 - Issue 3

Firewood permits available on western Oregon state forests
 
One of the most popular recreational activities on ODF's state forests usually thought of as recreation. Every year, people go to the forest to harvest their year's supply of firewood.
As to where and what to cut, ODF's Astoria District Assitantt District forester Ron Zilli advised folks to simply "follow your permit." Firewood cutting permits cost $20.00 for two cords of wood.
 
For more information, visit the department's website at:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/Firewood_Cutting.shtml
 


New OFRI publications available
This is a graphic of the cover of the new Oregon Forest Resources Institute publication,
 
A new publication by the Oregon Forests Resources Institute (OFRI) called Oregon Forests as Habitat, from the "Wildlife in Managed Forests" series, offers forest landowners effective ways to improve wildlife habitat for targeted species. Using forestry techniques, landowners can enhance and even create wildlife habitat for birds, mammals and amphibians while managing lands for timber production.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  OFRI has also recently released the second edition of Oregon's Forest Protection Laws: An Illustrated Manual.  This richly illustrated manual has been updated to reflect current laws and regulations of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.  It is a handy reference for harvest planners and forest operators.  
 
More information is available from OFRI at www.Oregonforests.org or by calling 971-673-2948.
 


It's a great time to enjoy fall color in Oregon
This is a photo of a ginkgo tree in fall color.
Fall foliage on a ginkgo tree.
The forests of Oregon both rural and urban are starting out on an amazing transformation. Right now as the days shorten and nights grow cooler is a great time to take in the beauty of Oregon's fall colors. If you’re in the neighborhood, here are a few places to take in the sights of the season:
 
Portland: Hoyt Arboretum features a diverse collection of more than 8,000 trees and plants from
around the world. Located just two miles from downtown Portland, it's a great place to take kids.
 
Silverton: Silverton’s Oregon Garden is a showcase for thousands of plants in more than twenty
specialty gardens, plus water features, wetlands, a conifer garden, and the 400 year-old Signature
Oak.
 
Corvallis: Oregon State University's campus in Corvallis also features fall beauty around every
corner.
 
Eugene / Springfield: If you live in the Eugene-Springfield area, take a hike at Lane
County's 209-acre Mount Pisgah Arboretum bordering the coast fork of the Willamette River;
it’s located east of I-5, just south of Eugene.
 
Ashland: Ashland's 93-acre Lithia Park is the perfect place to experience fall color splendor.
The one-mile walking trail offers much to see or photograph in a beautiful wooded setting. 
 
Thinking about planting a tree this fall?
The autumn months, after leaf drop, is a great time to plant a new tree. For fall color in small places, consider paperbark maple for its brilliant, shiny scarlet leaves. For small to medium areas, take a look at Persian Parrotia (Parrotia persica) which can grow tall, but slowly, and has purple, yellow, orange, and sometimes even red leaves on the same tree at the same time.  For large spaces and yards, Scarlet oak makes a great addition to the landscape.
 
When planting a new tree, make sure the roots are covered, but don't plant your tree too deeply. Instead, set it slightly above the level of the surrounding soil to allow for settling and increased soil drainage. Also, don’t fertilize your tree after planting wait until early spring to do this.  Do add a few inches of mulch around the base of the tree.
 
Help a neighbor in need
If there are seniors or others in your neighborhood who are unable to rake up their leaves, consider offering to rake them up for them, or organize a leaf raking party to help out. In these challenging times, it's important to show you care.
 


Oregon's 2011 wildfire season had its moments
This is a photo of the Elephant Rock Fire, east of Pendleton.
The Elephant Rock Fire, east of Pendleton
Fire season 2011 started out slow with a cool, wet spring that delayed the onset of fire activity several weeks. By mid-July when Oregon’s fire season typically hits full stride, 144 fires had burned just 136 acres on the lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) – low numbers compared to the running 10-year average of 388 fires burning nearly 13,000 acres.
 
Throughout the summer, ODF fire managers closely monitored weather and fuel conditions to place firefighting resources where they were most needed. Then on Aug. 25 – late in the season for intense thunderstorm activity – an onslaught of 8,500 strikes ignited numerous fires.
 
As the computer screens in ODF’s Salem Coordination Center lit up with lightning strikes, the extra firefighters and equipment quickly mobilized to snuff out the resulting new fire starts before they could spread.  Aggressive response by firefighters stopped most of the lightning starts on ODF-protected lands, and none of them grew into large fires.
 
The Elephant Rock Fire east of Pendleton proved the value of having an extra aviation punch in reserve. Ignited by lightning on Aug. 27, the fire rapidly burned more than 300 acres of timber, brush and grass on a steep, largely inaccessible hillside. Fire managers pushed hard to in an attempt to corral the fire before the 29th -  when high winds were predicted.
 
To hold the blaze in check until hand crews could move into place and begin constructing fire line, a helicopter leased under a “special purpose appropriation” (SPA) created by the Oregon Legislature hit hot spots continuously, delivering 34,000 gallons of water in more than 100 drops. Without this support, the Elephant Rock Fire could easily have grown into a large, damaging incident.
 
Three SPA helicopters - stationed in Pendleton, John Day and Grants Pass – flew a combined 158 hours to deliver 1,000 buckets of water on wildfires during the season.
 


Portland's Forest Park Conservancy: show a little love
 
The Forest Park Conservancy's stewardship and field crew members work very hard every day to make sure the public has access to the glorious world of Portland's Forest Park and its 80 miles of superb recreational trails.
 
How hard?
 
Last year, their four-person crew put in 3,612 staff hours alongside 1,400 individual volunteers and green teams from 28 different business and community organizations, investing 10,000 hours of on-the-ground trail maintenance.
 
The Forest Park Conservancy is currently working to raise a total of $75,000 to fully fund their four-member field crew in 2012. Please consider a personal donation.
 
Learn more at www.forestparkconservancy.org
 


ShadeFund
This is a photo of a hand-crafted bench, made by CityBench, an early ShadeFund loan recipient
A bench by CityBench, an early ShadeFund loan recipient
 
Small forest-based businesses and private landowners in need of funding to expand business operations or pursue new forest management strategies have a new source to turn to – ShadeFund.  A joint program of The Conservation Fund and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, ShadeFund is a nongovernmental solution for entrepreneurs and landowners seeking to grow, expand or diversify.
 
ShadeFund loans are from $2,500 to $50,000, and finance sustainable forestry and forest products, family farms, eco-tourism, natural food and medicines, or energy saving projects.    ShadeFund also is in a unique position to help small landowners, since it focuses on sole proprietorships or microenterprises with fewer than 10 employees. 
 
Interest rates for ShadeFund loans currently range from 4% to 9%, depending on risk, and terms depend on the use of the loan.   ShadeFund uses traditional underwriting criteria: collateral, cash flow, credit, and character. ShadeFund loans cannot be used for debt restructuring.
 
For more information on ShadeFund, visit the website at www.shadefund.org, or contact Enrique Perez at eperez@conservationfund.org or 919-951-0118. For loan inquiries, contact ShadeFund Director Rick Larson at rlarson@conservationfund.org or 919-951-0113.
 


Two department employees receive national recognition
This is a photo of Paul Ries, Doug Decker, and Cliff Liedtke.
Paul Ries, Doug Decker, and Cliff Liedtke
 
At the recent National Association of State Foresters (NASF) annual meeting, Cliff Liedtke, Eastern Oregon Area Director, and Paul Ries, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, received national achievement awards.
 
Cliff was recognized for excellent work in fire protection, and in particular for his leadership in developing the Complex Incident Management Course, an important partnership between NASF and the U.S. Forest Service. The course trains the command staffs of teams that manage the most challenging incidents, those that involve multiple jurisdictions and multiple hazards. These may be emergencies of any kind – wildfires as well as natural disasters, major hazardous material spills, terror attacks and the like. Cliff has been involved with the course since 2001 and has done considerable work to expand and improve it, including forging new interagency relationships, overseeing development of new simulations for use in the course, and helping to develop a cadre of highly skilled instructors.
 
Paul’s award was for his deep knowledge and many achievements in Urban and Community Forestry. An energetic urban forestry advocate for many years, Paul helped establish our Urban and Community Forestry Program in the early 1990s. His accomplishments include leadership in developing curriculum and teaching courses for the Municipal Forestry Institute, an innovative leadership training program for urban foresters from the United States and Canada. He also has written many urban forestry publications, served on the board of the International Society of Arboriculture, and spearheaded initiatives such as the Tree Board University, an online training program for members of planning commissions, parks boards and other local panels.
 
Candidates for NASF achievement awards are nominated by national leaders in their fields, and the association pays for the recipients’ travel, so that they can be recognized in the company of their peers.
 


Interested in Wilamette Valley Ponderosa Pine?
This is a photo of a Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine on the Salem ODF Campus.
A Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine on the Salem ODF Campus
 
Among other things, the Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine Conservation Association (WVPPA) works to conserve Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine as a genetic resource and provide supplies of high quality seed for planting programs. They are also a good information networking resource for Willamette Valley ponderosa pine growers.
 
If you would like to know more the WVPPA, visit: www.westernforestry.org/wvppca/.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Question or comments?
 
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In This Issue 

Firewood permits
New OFRI publications available
Fall Color in Oregon
Oregon 2011 Wildfire Season
Portland's Forest Park Conservancy
ShadeFund
Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine
National Awards
Questions or comments