Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
Virtual Project Tour

We are excited to offer a virtual tour opportunity for WCSWA members on Wednesday, October 28 at 7pm. Please join us for the premier of the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Virtual Project Tour. Brandy Saffell, the Forest Conservation Specialist at Tualatin SWCD, will lead a virtual tour through two forest projects funded and managed by the district. One project focuses on forest health improvement across a 30-acre property by removing invasive weeds, pre-commercial thinning, and planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. The other project emphasizes understory habitat creation in a 20-acre tree farm originally planted in a former hay field. The tour will be led within an ArcGIS Story Map, which is an interactive online map (like Google Maps) integrated with video, images, and text. Brandy will guide the tour and share behind the scenes stories about the projects, though the maps will be live on the Tualatin SWCD website and anyone may access and explore them at any time. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see some of the work being done by your neighbors right here in Washington County. This is also a great chance to stay connected as we get through this year together.

This will be a Zoom meeting, once again presented with assistance from Mike Cloughesy and OFRI. Here are the details for joining the meeting:

Topic: WCSWA Zoom Meeting #5
Time: Oct 28, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Please join a few minutes early so we’re ready to go at 7pm sharp.
To join the Zoom Meeting: A direct link to the WCSWA October 28 Zoom Meeting can be obtained either by copy/paste from the online version of the October 2020 Forest Forum or by sending an email requesting a live link to washcosmallwoodlandsassoc@gmail.com.

2020 Virtual Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tour – Did You Miss It?

Our first Virtual Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tour premiered Wednesday, September 23rd, and was a great success.
This video was created as an alternative to our usual in-person woods tours that OSWA/OTFS typically hold annually. This tour was on Barrett and Susan Brown’s tree farm in Washington County, the Snooseville Tree Farm.

If you were unable to attend live, you can view the video here:

If you prefer to watch only the individual topic segments of the tour, you can find them here:

Remembering Amy Grotta

The forest community lost one fantastic personality on December 24. Our dear friend and colleague Amy Grotta passed away. Amy was the FNR Extension agent for Columbia, Multnomah, and Yamhill Counties.  Amy had been living with cancer for a number of years which regrettably took her life. Her indomitable spirit had been an inspiration for us all.  She will not be forgotten. What an incredible talent and friend to the forest and to those who were touched by her talent, wisdom, energy, and willingness to step in and help us. Among her accomplishments while at OSU, Amy authored numerous Extension publications on a variety of forest management topics.  Her “Tree Topics” blog and publications kept us informed on important tree matters.

For continuation and for a great idea for sharing memories of Amy see Page 3 of the January 2020 Forest Forum.

Last updated: October 5, 2020 at 21:09 pm