OFRI Focus of January WCSWA Meeting

Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), will be the speaker at the Tuesday, January 28th meeting of the Washington County Small Woodlands Association. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the North Plains Fire Hall on Commercial Street in North Plains.

Mike is responsible for the development and implementation of OFRI’s forestry education programs for landowners and the general public. Prior to joining OFRI in 2003, Mike served for 16 years as an OSU Extension Forester in Douglas and Lane Counties and on campus. He is proud to still be an affiliate faculty member in the OSU College of Forestry. He has a BS in Forestry from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University.

Mike will review the latest facts on Oregon’s Forest Sector as published in Oregon Forest Facts 2019-20 Edition and the 2019 Forest Report. He will share these publications along with OFRI’s newly revised Washington County Forest Factsheet.

Additionally, Mike will provide updates on three important current OFRI outreach initiatives:

  • Trees to Tap: Forest Management and Community Drinking Water Supplies;
  • Carbon in Oregon’s Managed Forests; and
  • Wildfire Preparedness Special Report

Optimism, With Concerns, About the Future of Forestry

Dave Hampton, Board member, co-owner, and Manager of Hampton Lumber Company, was the featured speaker at the 2019 Annual WCSWA Banquet on Saturday, November 23rd. Dave and his wife Brette teamed up to lead the audience through the history of Hampton Lumber Company, with graphics to illustrate high points along the way and some comments about the future of the company, its guiding principles, and concerns about recent trends that may affect the ability of the company to prosper in the future. Dave began with the story of the Hampton Lumber Company and how it has become to a major company dealing with the uncertainties facing forestry today.

For continuation see Page 8 of the December 2019 Forest Forum.

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

Last updated: December 8, 2019 at 14:50 pm