US Forest Service announced reduced dollars for Rural Communities

The US Forest Service announced reducing dollars distributed to states for programs that help rural communities where the Forest Service is such a large landowner.  Exceeding Forest Service fire fighting expenses this fire season is a factor in these reductions. has a worthwhile article on this:

Click here to read “US Forest Service Taking Back Federal Funds from States Over Budget Cuts”

Fire Attack Helicopter - Fox News
Aug 20, 2103 – Fox News

A fire attack helicopter drops water along a draw on Idaho 21 as a bulldozer plows a fire line.

Curry County Woods Forestry Tour Saturday, August 10th

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Oregon Small Woodland Association, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, OSU ForestryExtension, and Oregon Department of Forestry will host a woods tour for family forest owners at the Elk Creek Ranch in Curry County, just East of Brookings.  Participants will discuss Old Growth Redwoods, Sudden Oak Death in Curry County, stream restoration, managing with T&E species, and both commercial and pre-commercial thinning.
The tour will begin at 10:00 am, include lunch, and conclude at 2:00 pm with a walk through a redwood forest.  Registration is required.
 Contact Jen Rains by email or phone (541) 588-1813 to register.  See flyer for details.
Click to download printable version of the Elk Creek Ranch Flyer with complete directions and schedule.
Cost is free.

OSWA Annual Meeting 2013

OSWA 2012 Annual Meeting Registration Form
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We invite you to join us  for OSWA’s 53rd Annual Meeting and the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Woods Tour, Thursday through Saturday, June 13th, 14th and 15th. Hosted by OSWA’s Douglas County Chapter, this year’s meeting will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg and the woods tour will be on Bill and Joan Arsenault’s 300 acre Paradise Creek Ranch near Elkton. Bill and Joan are Oregon’s 2012 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Family Forests: Our Legacy, Our Future”. There will be many activities for family forest owners throughout the three days of events. On Thursday, June 13th optional tours will be available for those who arrive early. A morning mill tour of Nordic Veneer’s operations in Roseburg and/or an afternoon tour of a high lead logging operation on nearby Roseburg Forest Products property will be available. Also on Thursday, the Committee for Family Forests (CFF), a committee of family forest owners appointed by the Board of Forestry to advice the board on family forest issues, will have their monthly meeting at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The public is invited to participate in all CFF meetings. The OSWA Board will also meet late Thursday afternoon and all OSWA members are welcome to participate. The day will conclude with an optional dinner at the Fairgrounds for the OSWA Board and other OSWA members or guests. Registration for Thursday’s optional activities is required.

OSWA’s Annual Membership Meeting, Program and Awards Banquet will highlight Friday’s activities at the Douglas County Fairgrounds including an outstanding line up of speakers, the annual silent auction, recognition of OSWA’s 2013 Rigging Slinger Award, and lots of time to visit with neighbors and friends.

Art Adams,  President of family owned Nordic Veneer, will be the keynote speaker. The meeting program will focus on current and federal forest issues, generational differences, and former State Climatologist; George Taylor will address Climate Change. State Forester Doug Decker will be the luncheon speaker and Roseburg Forest Products CEO and President; Allyn Ford will be the dinner speaker.

The finale of the three days of events is the Outstanding Tree Farm is the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year tour of Bill and Joan Arsenault’s Paradise Creek Ranch. There is plenty of parking on site for those who wish to drive to the tour site or transportation will be provided from and back to Roseburg and Sutherlin for those who prefer not to drive to the tour.

We look forward to seeing you in Roseburg.

Scott Hayes   – President – OSWA

Gary Groth – President – Douglas County

Joe Holmberg – Chair – OTFS

Pacific Northwest Forestry Leadership Academy

The Partnership for Forestry Education will be hosting the 2013 PNW Forestry Leadership Academy on January 18th & 19th at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon.

Partners include Oregon Tree Farm System, Oregon Small Woodland Association, Oregon and Washington Society of American Foresters, Oregon Forest Resource Institute, OSU Forestry & Natural Resource Extension, Cispus Institute, Washington Farm Forestry Association, and Washington Tree Farm Committee.

The academy begins with lunch on Friday January 18th and concludes at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 19th. The program and all meals are included for a registration fee of $125. Scholarships are available with a fee of $25 for members of the Oregon Small Woodland Association and the Oregon Tree Farm System. Rooms at the Oregon Garden Resort are available at $69 for a single and $89 for a double room, but OSWA and OTFS scholarships will also cover the cost of rooms. The first 45 OSWA and/or OTFS members to register at $25 will receive admission to the event and their lodging. The scholarships are underwritten by a grant to the Oregon Tree Farm System from the American Forest Foundation.

Contact Jen Rains if you would like to attend and to request the OSWA or OTFS scholarship. Applications and fees must be sent to Leadership Academy, SAF Northwest Office, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221.

Click here to download the official registration form. Print the application and mail with your check to SAF Northwest Office at the address on the application. Please contact Jim James if there are any questions.

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