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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

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.

Amy’s family plans a celebration of Amy’s life in the spring, and there is work happening to create an OSU Foundation fund in her name that we can use to create an appropriate forestry memorial.   In the meantime, cards may be sent to: Dreher Family (David, Anna and Eben), 4706 NE 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97211.  Additionally, see page 3 for a great idea for sharing memories of Amy.

For continuation see Page 3 of the January 2020 Forest Forum.



Last updated: January 6, 2020 at 21:25 pm