July 21, 2018
  • WCSWA Tree Farm of the Year Tour (Registration Required) - Gaebel Tree Farm

    July 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Gaebel Tree Farm

    Washington County Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year and Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tour: Rich and Connie Gaebel

    Registration is Required. To Register email or call (503) 588-1813 by July 16th. 

    Admission and Lunch are Free!

     Rich and Connie Gaebel purchased their 40 acres in 1979 as a rural place to live, a get-a-way and a place to hunt. It was mostly brush, hardwoods, and scattered young conifers. After almost 40 years the Gaebels have a healthy productive forest. Come share in the discussions about Family Forests. 

    The tour will begin with coffee and donuts at 7:30 am and conclude with a hosted lunch. 

     Tour Focus: 
    1) Thinning Strategies
    2) Planning for a Clearcut Harvest 
    3) Forest Road Design 
    4) Culvert Installation 
    5) Forest Pond Management
    6) Portable Sawmilling

    Directions: Traveling West on Hwy 26 exit at Dersham Road, Exit 55.  Turn Right (North) at the stop sign onto Dersham Road. Dersham Road will shortly change to Mountain Dale Road but continue straight for 2 miles.  Turn right onto Dairy Creek Road. There is an abandoned Mountaindale Store on your right. Continue on Dairy Creek Road for 2 miles to 18717 NW Dairy Creek Road where parking is available. Participants will travel in a bus to the tour location. Follow Oregon Small Woodlands Association Woods Tour signs.

    Tour SponsorsConnie and Rich Gaebel, OSWA Washington County Chapter, OSU Forestry Extension, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Oregon Tree Farm System, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee.

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August 25, 2018
  • WCSWA Workshop and Field Tour (Registration Required) - At-risk Forest Animals

    August 25, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Mt. Richmond Forest

    The Future of Forest Creatures - Exploring our Roles and Opportunities
    We know that animals and plants, in addition to trees, are important parts of our local forests. In so many ways we help them and they help us. This knowledge and appreciation raises questions such as: 

    • What roles do native animals play in the health and productivity of our forests? 
    • How are these forest-dependent animals doing in our northern Coast Range forests? 
    • What are we doing – and could we do – to help them – and how might they benefit us? 

    This active workshop, led by knowledgeable, expert biologists, will engage 30 participants in exploring these and related questions. Hyla Woods’ 750 acre Mt. Richmond Forest will serve as the setting for the exploration. 

    When: August 25th, 2018 from 8:30 to noon. BYO picnic lunch to follow, if you’d like to stay 
    Who: All interested forest owners and managers – private, public, small to large 
    Why: Because the future of local animals and our forests are intertwined, it seems like a good idea to keep learning and discussing. 
    Cost: No charge 
    Registration: Space is limited and prior signup is required. To register please send an email to or leave a message at (503)703-6573 with the following information: Name(s), Contact Information phone or email, and the name of the event. Please respond by Monday, August 20. 

    This workshop is a program offering of the Washington County Small Woodlands Association. Additional partners include Hyla Woods, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific University, and US Fish and Wildlife Service

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September 4, 2018
  • TENTATIVE WCSWA Field Tour - Matteson Forest Harvest

    September 4, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Rubie P. Matteson Demonstration Forest

    This is tentatively planned for an evening in early September.

    OSU’s MattesonDemonstrationForest, located near Hagg Lake, will be partially harvested this summer and we’ve been invited to see some of the action. We don’t know the exact date yet. It has to be coordinated so that action is happening and OSU Extension experts can be there –early September is the best guess for now. We will send out an email with the date and directions when the date is established. If you do not get our email reminders and want to go on this tour, contact any Officer or Board Member (on page 2) and we will be sure that you are “in the know”. This is an evening event.

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September 21, 2018
  • WCSWA Field Tour (Registration Required) - Stella-Jones Pole Mill in Sheridan

    September 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Stella-Jones Pole Mill, Sheridan, OR

    It's not summer without a mill tour! The Washington County chapter of OSWA will be joining the Yamhill County chapter for a tour of the pole mill in Sheridan. Previously Pacific Wood Preserving, the mill has been in operation since 1967. The tour will focus on the log yard, grading, and peeler, with additional explanation of the treating facility and history of the facility. The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.

    Tour attendees must bring and wear their own personal protective gear. This should include: boots with laces, a reflective vest, hard hat, and eye protection. No children under 14 please.

    Anyone who would like to carpool (which is hopefully everyone!), let's meet at 9:15 am at Wortman Park in McMinnville, across the street from the OSU Extension Office. Drivers and riders can pair up here and we can leave cars here for the duration of the tour. The address of the park is: 2051 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128.The tour will start at the mill office. 

    The address of the mill is: 22125 Rock Creek Rd, Sheridan, OR 97378. Enter off Rock Creek Road and follow the signs to a parking area specifically for our tour. Please do not park outside the designated areas. Also, parking is very limited so please carpool as much as possible.

    Registration is required for this tour and space is limited. To register please send an email to or leave a message at (503)703-6573 with the following information: Name(s) of attendees, contact information (phone or email), and the name of the event. Please respond by Monday, September 17. If we have reached tour capacity before September 17 you will receive a response to your message letting you know.

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October 23, 2018
  • WCSWA October Monthly Meeting

    October 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - Station 17, 31370 NW Commercial St, North Plains, OR 97133, USA

    Topic TBD

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