Reminder: Amy Grotta Trail Dedication at Matteson Forest on Oct 9

You have a chance to be part of the same indomitable spirit that Amy always displayed. Amy was OSU Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) Extension agent in Columbia, Washington and Yamhill Counties. Amy died December, 2019. She had been living with cancer for years, and her strong spirit was inspiring.

Trail Dedication Oct. 9. 10:00am to 2:00pm. Box lunch provided. RSVP required by Oct. 4.

See pages 9 & 10 of the September 2021 Forest Forum for more information and RSVP address.

Saturday, October 16: Stole Property Tour

Sherwood, 1:00pm Registration Required

Lori and Jerry Stole have been busy on their property near Sherwood and have generously offered to host 3 informative presentations at sites around their property this fall. The Stoles live on 19 acres – part of the farm Jerry’s family has had since 1967. The property includes a creek surrounded by 90-year-old forest, a 25-year-old Douglas-fir forest (former Christmas trees), and an organic hazelnut orchard.

Truffles – Ava Chapman and her dog Joey, the Dirt Dogs Truffle Team, are a Hobby Culinary Truffle pair, who have honed their skills and knowledge for 5 years. They won the Joriad, a Truffle Dog Team competition, two years in a row (2019 and 2020); smashing the record of the most truffles ever found in competition (a stunning 77 in an hour!). The pair offer forays, property surveys, educational talks, truffle demos, and make a case for why to use dogs to hunt for truffles over pigs or rakes!

Biochar – Lori and Jerry have been using an onsite kiln to convert the branches from forest thinning into biochar, a useful product. Learn what biochar is, why they choose this option over standard burn piles, what one can do with biochar, and how to make it.

Beavers – Vanessa Petro, OSU College of Forestry Senior Faculty Research Assistant, will be sharing her knowledge of the American Beaver. She will be talking about their habitat and behavior and what role they play in the ecosystem. The discussion will include beaver management strategies. We’ll have the opportunity to see the beaver dam on the property and how well Lori and Jerry’s new fence is working to keep the resident beaver away from the hazelnut orchard…

The event will start at 1:00 pm and last approximately 2 hours. Tour attendees should dress for the weather as we will be outdoors with only minimal cover in the event of precipitation. We will follow whatever COVID guidelines are in place at the time of the event. Children are welcome.

Registration is required for this tour. To register please send an email or leave a voice message per the instructions on Page 5 of the October 2021 Forest Forum. Please register by the end of the day Sunday, October 10.

The tour address will be provided in response to your registration. We will send a follow-up email the week before the event with additional directions regarding parking and current COVID requirements.

Last updated: October 2, 2021 at 14:53 pm