Washington County Small Woodlands Association, Inc., is a chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA).

WCSWA Annual Banquet

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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Clean Water-Healthy Soil Ballot Measure - Opportunity Knocks!

The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (TSWCD) has placed a measure on the November election ballot that would provide resources for them to greatly improve and expand their capability to assist landowners – forest, agriculture, urban, and others – in being good stewards of their land and water. The WCSWA Board of Directors has endorsed the measure, for many good reasons:

1) Forest landowners join with other landowners in the mutual goal of a healthy watershed – land and water.

2) In the past, forest lands have not benefitted as much as agricultural lands from TSWCD assistance due to their lack of staff and funding. This will change as TSWCD is able to have more resources.

3) There are many opportunities for TSWCD to partner with forest landowners in maintaining forest health through combatting invasive species, “fireproofing” landscapes, avoiding soil erosion, improving wildlife habitat, and enhancing stream corridors.

4) Perhaps most importantly, TSWCD will have the ability to provide education to all sectors of the community – and especially the urban residents – about the values and management of the soil, water, forests, and other lands in the Tualatin River basin. This can only help generate understanding and support for local forest landowners.

Read more in October 2016 issue

October 25th WCSWA Meeting

“Flying the Friendly Forest Skies”

Join us for a presentation on drone technology, research and applications by Victor Villegas from OSU Extension, followed by a discussion on technological challenges and legal requirements you need to consider before using drones. There will also be a small drone exhibit and demonstration, and a drone flight simulator will be available after the presentation for those who want to try their hand at flying a drone in a virtual environment. Victor is aware that the focus for our group would be drone applications for the small woodlands owner.

Victor Villegas is the Technology & Media Support Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension. He is a drone enthusiast, drone advocate and educator who enjoys teaching people how drones can be used for good. Among the drone community and industry, Victor is more widely known as Drone Singer - the “Weird Al of Drones." He creates parody “drone songs" to bring attention to drone issues and culture, while encouraging safe and responsible flying.

The meeting will be on October 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Plains Fire Station, 31370 NW Commercial Street in North Plains.


Master Woodland Managers Program:

Washington County has many small woodland owners who have qualified to become Master Woodland Managers under the OSU Extension MWM program. These MWM's have received training in woodland management science and technology, and are available to serve as volunteer mentor/advisors to other woodland owners.

To receive the services of a MWM, contact Amy Grotta at 503-397-3462

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