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. 
Room still available!
“Logging A to Z” with Terry Lamers
Hosted by the Marion-Polk Chapter of OSWA

Terry has all sorts of experience and is happy to let us know many things he finds important that we might not get elsewhere.  What to do before you log, during and after logging too.  This will have to do with thinning, clear cutting, log markets, brands, log sizes and perhaps even taxation issues.  There will be plenty of time for questions. So, if you have considered logging or having some logging done, OR NOT, this presentation and others in this quarter will give you more to base your important decision on
Date: Monday, February 13, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Polk County Courthouse Conference Room, To access the Conference Room use the parking lot and entrance on the east side of the building (Jefferson St.). 
Space is limited, RSVP required. RSVP by Friday Feb. 10th by 5:00 pm to  include name, contact phone and number attending.
Late RSVP may be taken Feb. 13th if room still available. Call the Benton Extension office at 541-713-5000, do not email for late RSVP's
NRCS Linn County Local Workgroup Meeting
This year’s agenda includes Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)/ Soil Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnership history, NRCS and Farm Service Agency (FSA) program updates, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) presentation about agricultural drainage, and an ODA presentation about emerald ash borer. Also, at the end of the meeting, NRCS will have an open discussion and feedback session for planning conservation projects into the future.
Date: Wednesday, February 15th
Time: 9am-11am
Location: OSU Extension Linn County, 33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent OR
More information email: Amy Kaiser, District Conservationist or 541-257-7886
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. CT scanning enables mills to see “inside” logs to optimize cutting of logs into lumber. It is common now for sawmills to use laser-based scanning systems to estimate volume recovery. Microtec’s systems allow mills to optimize for value recovery as well given that these systems enable lumber grade to be determined prior to sawing.

For more information, to register, and see future lectures in the series, go to the Starker Lecture website 
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