OSWA Annual Meeting

Friends, Education and a Beautiful Tree Farm

Reported by Bonnie Shumaker

Family members at a new plantation
explaining how they contribute

The Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) held its 2019 Annual Meeting June 20 – 22 in Corvallis, hosted by Benton County.

On Thursday, June 20, the tour option I chose was Oregon State University’s new Oregon Forest Science Complex, devoted to the research and development of new wood products.  We also got a peek (from the outside) of the still-under-construction Peavy Hall.  Completion date – early in 2020.

On Friday, the full-day program included speakers discussing fire, forest carbon, communications and the latest research on the marbled murrelet. The silent auction raised $3,435 withmany interesting items.  10 were donated from our chapter and its members.  The awards banquet finished off a fun, informative day.  There was even a band with live music with OSU Extension forester Glenn Ahrens as a harmonica playing band member.

Saturday’s 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Woods Tour was at Oakes Investment, LLC’s forestland near Monroe managed by Don, Darrell and Dena Oakes, which has been in the Oakes family since 1883. The picture above shows three members of this large extended family explaining how family members are encouraged to participate in areas that highlight their strengths.

The rest of the newsletter can be found at this link  July 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: July 3, 2019 at 8:14 am