Twilight Walking Tour – Tuesday, June 22 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Shumaker Tree Farm

It has been a long time and will be wonderful to get together for those who feel comfortable doing so. Registration is required, and we will observe all Covid-19 protocols in place at the time. No food or beverages will be provided. Bring your own if you wish. This will be a return to the 4th Tuesday meeting time.

Bob and Bonnie will share what has been happening on the Shumaker Tree Farm. Here are the stops along the walking tour.
• Pre-commercial thinning project utilizing grant from NRCS
• Fire safety access – neighbor to neighbor
• Phenology – seasonal changes and reporting to Oregon Season Tracker Program
• Equipment and animals. We know woodland owners love equipment. The equipment is near the barn. Seeing the sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens is just for fun.

How to Register or ask questions: Call or email Bob or Bonnie at the contact information on the front page of the June 2021 Forest Forum. Directions also provided on Page 7 of the June 2021 Forest Forum.

Final Virtual Meeting This Spring – A Great Way To End It!

The final virtual meeting this Spring, on May 26th, was well worth watching. Both speakers, Barrett Brown (focused on trails), and Tony Pinkham (describing orienteering) gave very interesting and informative presentations. A synopsis of each is included in the June 2021 Forest Forum.

If you missed it you can watch the YouTube recording May 2021: Alternate Uses and Fun on the Tree Farm

Time to Order Seedlings

It is time to start thinking about your seedling needs for the 2021-22 planting season. A seedling order form is available at this link. Orders are taken on a first-come basis. We will have 40-50 thousand Douglas-fir 1+1 Vernonia High Gain seedlings available this year. The seedlings are grown for WCSWA by Lewis River Reforestation in Woodland, Washington from seed bought from the ODF Schroeder Seed Orchard breeding program. These seedlings have superior growth characteristics and are intended to maximize the growing potential of your site. We will also have 5,000 Western Red Cedar plug+1 Hi-Terpene available. These WRC are developed by ODF to have a high terpene level so they don’t taste good to elk and deer. Hopefully you won’t have to tube them.

The price is $76/bag (.63 each) for the DF packed at 120 per bag and $84/bag (.84 each) for WRC packed at 100 per bag. Seedlings will be available between January 15 and February 15 depending on weather conditions. We have a limited number of seedlings available, so please be careful in your ordering so that we can serve the most people. Order inquiries and questions should be directed to Bob Shumaker, 503-324-7825, and order forms and checks sent to WCSWA, c/o Bob Shumaker, 52490 NW Cedar Canyon Rd., Banks, OR 97106.

Remembering Amy Grotta

The forest community lost one fantastic personality on December 24, 2019. 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.

For continuation and for a great idea for sharing memories of Amy see Page 3 of the January 2020 Forest Forum.

Last updated: June 2, 2021 at 18:36 pm