Meet our new Board Member

11mcKibbens04_t670Read this great article from Jolene Guzman at the Polk Itemizer-Observer about our new board member, David McKibben.





Photo by Jolene Guzman


Storm Damage Tour

DSCN1719sVisit areas hit by the November 2014 ice storm, which affected a large area of the Coast Range in Benton County. Starker Forest managers, logging operators and Extension Forestry faculty will join family forest landowners to discuss the effects of the storm on stand conditions, forest health, salvage and the future management options the storm presents to landowners. Jointly sponsored by OSU Extension, Starker Forests and the Benton Chapter of OSWA.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: meet and load vans at Benton County Fairgrounds
Space may be limited. Please RSVP to Jody or phone 541-766-6750

Woodland Management

A basic forestry short course in Dallas

Dates: Wednesdayindex2s April 8, 15, 22, 29, with a Saturday field trip May 9 (9 am – 3 pm)

Time: Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Polk County Extension, 289 E. Ellendate Ave., Suite 301, Dallas

Cost: $40.00 individual or $50.00 share with partner

Pre-registration required. Register online for Dallas class, see flyer for additional details

Questions contact Jody or call 541-766-6750

Avian Flu in Oregon

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Recently avian flu has been detected in Oregon ( which has resulted in numerous trade partners excluding millions of dollars of poultry products from US.

It is not only poultry producers, as migratory aquatic birds can carry avian influenza. Indeed, Avian Influenza has even been detected on the feet of migratory songbirds.

People who have poultry at home should be cautious in handling their animals and if they have wild bird feeders may also wish to stop until the outbreak subsides.

Precautions should include:

1. Assemble a plastic tote to be carried in your vehicle with all the necessary items you need to clean your boots/shoes.
a. Boot scraper to remove mud/manure
b. Pan deep enough to stand in and hold 2-3” fluid. Oil pan is perfect.
c. Scrub brush, scrub for several minutes while standing in pan.
d. Bleach, 1 cup per 3 cups water.
e. Other disinfectants if you wish
f. Disposable booties

2. Watch this video recently created by USDA-APHIS and ODA-Avian Health Coodinator:

3. For more information go to these websites: