The Needle; current news for Willamette Valley woodland owner/managers
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The Needle is the OSU Extension electronic announcements to help keep you informed about local workshops, tours, and other happenings for woodland landowners/managers in Benton, Linn and Polk Counties. 
See new notices for NRCS Local Working Group Meetings
The 2022 Starker Lecture Series theme of “Women in Forestry: inspiring leadership.”
Please visit the Starker Lecture Series website for details and to register.
Lectures are free, open to the public and will be live streamed.
All events require pre-registration. 
Date: February 16, 2022
Time: PFSC 117 • 3:30 pm
Lecture by: Cristina Eisenberg
Lecture Topic: Beyond the Land Ethic: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Forest Management and Conservation, A Native American Perspective

Marion/Polk SWA – Low Impact Logging Demo
Come watch the low impact logging system that Mark Havel has developed over the last three decades and uses each year to capture the high timber prices of winter and to get some thinning harvests done.  Mark has taught classes at Tree School and has traveled and presented at forestry field days in forested regions of the US, demonstrating log arches and forestry techniques. Also see equipment manufacturer, Tom Repko, demonstrate his tractor grapples. They will drop at least one tree and haul out at least one log, with all the principles and tools explained and used.  This is for those that have never done their own logging as well as loggers that can share their experience.   Come prepared for the weather with warm clothing, raingear, boots, hats etc.
Date: February 19, 2022           
Time: 10:00-noon
Location: Mark Havel’s place, 6955 Gold Cr Rd, Willamina OR 97386
Space is limited RSVP required to OSU Benton County Extension office 541-713-5000 or

The Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State virtual conference 
State of the State conference occurs every-other-year and is meant to summarize forest health issues in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The focus is on major forest insect and pathogen activity and emerging issues, as well as weather phenomena such as drought and heat waves, and of course fire. We seek to inform foresters, forest industry, agency forest managers, small woodland owners, forestry and natural resources extension volunteers and agents, and anyone interested in forest health in Oregon, about these important issues that influence forest health. In 2022 we are also focused on tree decline issues regarding western redcedar, big leaf maple, and Douglas-fir.
Dates: March 1-2, 2022
Time: 8:00-12:00 each day
See website for more information and registration

NRCS Local Working Group Meetings 
NRCS is once again asking for your participation to discuss local resource concerns in your county.. Local Work Group Meetings are a valuable part of the NRCS planning process, providing an opportunity for local land managers to be part of a collaborative effort to improve natural resources within our county. The information you provide in this process will help work towards a stronger, healthier more economically viable community and agricultural industry.
Benton County - Zoom meeting 
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Linn County - Zoom meeting
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Visit the NRCS page for the Zoom meeting link:
Or contact: Amy Kaiser, District Conservationist, 541-801-2671
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OSU Extension Benton County
4077 Research Way
Corvallis OR 97333

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