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. 
Date: February 22, 2023
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • In person: Starker Forests Classroom, Peavy Forest Science Center Room 117, reception to follow
  • Remote: join via Zoom - register now
Lecture: Log and Lumber Scanning Technology
Speaker: Patrick Freeman, Group CTO, Microtec, Corvallis
Patrick Freeman is Group Chief Technology Officer of Microtec in Corvallis. He will speak on using artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically grade lumber as well as the use of CT scanning for logs. 

For more information, to register, and see future lectures in the series, go to the Starker Lecture website 
South Santiam Watershed Council will host a screening of “UPRIVER”
This hour-long film highlights river conservation efforts throughout the Willamette River basin and was made by local film makers at Freshwaters Illustrated. The event is free and includes a question & answer session with the film makers. Donations will be accepted, and food and drink will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome.
Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Barsideous Brewing, 644 S. Main Street, Lebanon, OR
For more information contact:
Oregon Logging Conference
The Oregon Logging Conference is packed with unique opportunities for forestry professionals to network and learn more about their trade. 
Dates: Free public day Saturday Feb. 25, 2023
Location: Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene
See website for full conference information: 
Marion-Polk Chapter of OSWA hosts Amanda Sullivan-Astor of the Associated Oregon Loggers.
Amanda is the policy specialist with AOL and will present to us on the AOL itself and how it works. Look up The logging industry is key to most everything we do, when or if we decide to harvest some timber. Not only are the machines huge and complex, so is our society, and we will have Amanda describe the association as well as her specialty of policy, within that group.
Date: Saturday March 4, 2023
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Monmouth library
Space is limited, RSVP required to or phone 541 713-5000 include name, contact phone and number attending.
For additional information contact
Benton Small Woodlands Association Annual Meeting - 2023
Date: Saturday, March 18th, 2023
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, doors open at 10:30 am
Location: Marys River Grange Hall, 24707 Grange Hall Rd., Philomath, OR 97370. Limited parking: smaller vehicles & carpooling preferred
Cost: $20 for morning coffee and a lunch buffet provided by “Homegrown Oregon Foods”  Please pay at the door.
RSVP by noon Wednesday 3/15 to OSU Benton County Extension office 541-713-5000 or  include name, contact phone, and number attending
Speaker: Don Kaczmarek, Forest Geneticist, Oregon Seed Bank Program
“Tree Improvement in the PNW and Seed Production of Improved Genetic
Sources.” Door Prizes, Chapter Business, Market Update, OSWA Updates, Education, and Fellowship
Don’t forget to renew your membership! Renew Online - Oregon Small Woodlands Association (
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Corvallis OR 97333

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