Tree schools help forest owners
Four locations chosen to host educational events
By CRAIG REED
For the Capital Press
Small woodland owners and other natural resource enthusiasts are invited to become students and to attend upcoming tree schools.
Four Oregon State University extension offices are offering classes on a wide range of subjects, with trees being the common bond.
Tree schools are scheduled for March 24 at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore., March 29 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., April 14 at Baker High School in Baker, Ore., and April 28 at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Ore.
Registration is already closed for the Clackamas Tree School because the participant limit was reached with 600 early registrants. The mandatory registration is continuing for the other three schools.
"It's a conference that gives people a chance to pick from a wide variety of forestry and natural resource classes," said Bob Parker, an extension forester for Baker and Grant counties in Eastern Oregon. "But there's more than forest management classes. We try to emphasize there's classes for a broader community than just the small woodland owner."
"It's a chance to gain information on forestry and to also meet other private forest landowners and to share stories with them," said Raini Rippy of the Douglas County extension office. "It's a one-day event where you can learn a lot of different things regarding trees."
The schools will offer 25 to 35 different classes featuring topics of interest to family forestland owners, professional foresters, loggers, arborists, teachers and other natural resource enthusiasts.
Some examples of topics are successful reforestation, cutting merchantable logs to maximize income, commercial Christmas tree opportunities, new markets for forest products, forest insect and disease management, riparian area management, sawmilling your own lumber, how to pass your estate to the next generation, biochar, the Oregon Forest Practices Act, nontimber forest products, chainsaw use and safety, managing for wildlife and weed management.
Two 90-minute sessions will be held in the morning and two in the afternoon or some classes will involve a half-day field trip. Participants may select four 90-minute sessions or two of those sessions and a field trip.
Each tree school will also have some exhibitors and vendors present, offering products and services.
The fee for the Baker and Roseburg tree schools is $50. Registration for the Baker tree school must be completed by March 30. For more information, call 541-523-6418.
The Roseburg tree school deadline is March 16, although there is a $70 fee if registering after that date for unfilled classes. For more information, call 541-672-4461.
The fee for the Rogue tree school is $35, or $45 with lunch. The deadline to register is April 13. For more information, call 541-776-7371 or 541-476-6613.