Matteson Demo Forest – Thinning Tour

The Matteson Demonstration Forest, recently acquired by the Oregon State College of Forestry through a donation by the late Marie Matteson, is a great place to see how forests can be managed. Amy Grotta, Extension Forester for Washington, Columbia, and Yamhill Counties; and Steve Fitzgerald, OSU Silviculturist and Research Forest Director (photo at right) arranged for small woodland owners to see a mechanized  thinning operation on the Forest. Brent Klumph, OSU Research Forest Manager, set up the demonstration with Miller Timber of Philomath – who is doing the harvesting.

The thinning area was a 30 year old plantation about 29 acres in size. The objectives are to maintain optimum growing conditions for an extended rotation, and promote pole development; generate income, create structural diversity by varying thinning methods across the unit – leaving wildlife trees and snags; and provide education and demonstration for small woodland owners. On the site used in this demonstration, four ½ acre gaps were being created to create diversity, with snags and wildlife trees. Within the gaps, the harvested trees will be assessed for potential to create short poles (30’). The gaps will be planted to western redcedar and Douglas-fir. Outside the gaps, the trees will be thinned to 100-125 trees per acre – trees with defect and poor form will also be removed.

See the rest of the story on page 11 of the October 2018 Forest Forum.

Stella-Jones Pole Tour

A small group of Washington and Yamhill County small woodland owners got an up close and personal look at the manufacture of one of the highest valued forest products – transmission and distribution poles. The tour took place at the Stella-Jones owned McFarland –Cascade pole manufacturing facility in Sheridan. Nels Jensen (left photo) and Greg Roberson of Stella-Jones led the tour. The facility has a long history – from Taylor Pole, to Pacific Pole and Preserving, to McFarland-Cascade, and finally to Stella-Jones. The facility site has been designated a “super-fund” site by the Environmental Protection Agency, due to the many years of preserving chemical use. As explained by Nels, pole grading is a very precise process, where small differences in a tree’s characteristics can have big consequences on the value of pole potential from the trees.

See the rest of the story on page 11 of the October 2018 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: October 20, 2018 at 16:28 pm