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. 
Registration is required by Monday Sept. 12th. 
Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour - Currier Place, Inc.
Join us for the 2022 Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year tour at Currier Place, Inc. We will see examples of many stages of forest management including plantation establishment, early thinning, and later thinning. In all steps in this process, they are working to increase diversity in this primarily Douglas-fir forest. Thinning densities are variable. Conifer plantings include native shrub species. There is also an opportunity for discussion of the challenges intergenerational transfer and of decision making when an extended family are share-holders.
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022
Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: approximately 9 miles south of Philomath off Bellfountain Rd.
Lunch will be provided for a picnic in the woods. Dress for the weather.
Registration is required by Monday Sept. 12th.  Directions will be given after registration.
To register, email and leave name, contact phone, email, and number attending, or call 541-713-5000.
Registration required by Sept. 21st. 
2022 Linn County OSWA Tree Farmer of the Year Tour - Oak Basin Tree Farm, Ed and Jim Merzenich and family 
Tour topics will include thinning, reforestation, oak restoration, and noxious weed control. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining native flora for wildlife under changing climatic conditions. Reducing drought stress and managing fuels to reduce wildfire risks by using cattle grazing will also be discussed. Oak Basin contains significant oak and native prairie and is home to the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly. We demonstrate a viable flow of harvestable timber can be produced from a property, managed for native species protection.
Shane Hetzler of Trout Mountain Forestry will discuss objectives for commercial thinning to be started this fall. Advanced Land Management (ALM Sweet Home) will demo masticating brush and small trees in a pre-commercial thinning operation, also view pine stands thinned, masticated, and pruned last year.
This will primarily be a walking tour on established roads. A wagon with benches will be available for individuals with mobility issues. Stunning views of the south Willamette valley await you on the tour. This is a “Howdy Neighbor” tour sponsored by OSWA and includes catered lunch, snacks and refreshments.
Date: Saturday September 24, 2022 (this is a rescheduled date from August)
Time: begins 9:30 am
Registration required by Sept. 21st.  To register email with name, contact phone, number attending, and any dietary restrictions, or call 541-713-5000.
Directions: The address is 35200 Northernwood Drive. To get there travel south on Washburn street from Brownsville (aka Gap road) for 5 miles then turn east onto Northernwood. Oak Basin is at the end of the road. OSWA tour signs will lead the way.
Prospective OSWA members who attend this tour will be offered free membership for the remainder of the year. Information on this event is also on the website 
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