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Class 1 (September 10): Getting to know your property: trees and forests to know on the Oregon Coast

Video recording of Class 1 click here (This is a large media file and might take a while to download)

Homework and Follow-up from Class 1: 

Follow-up for Week 1 class:

Just for fun:

  • Select a tree on your woodland and see if you can “key it out” using the online dichotomous key: https://oregonstate.edu/trees/dichotomous_key/index.html
  • Try out a free plant identification app on your smart phone (PlantSnap, Plantnet are a few examples) compare the result with the online key.

Prework for next class:

  • Complete the My Stewardship values exercise ( this link has been corrected)

If you are interested in creating a management plan for your woodland:

  • Read Management Planning for Woodland Owners: Why and How

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1125.pdf

Class 2 (September 17): Getting to know your property: assessing your site and your goals

Video recording of Class 2 click here

Follow-up from Class 2:

Check out the digital resources

Pre-work for next class:

Wildlife in Managed Forests: https://oregonforests.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/63654_OFRI_Managed%20Forests_Forests%20as%20Habitat_2020-web.pdf

Introduction to Wildlife on Private Lands: view the video here

Know Your Forests, wildlife page: https://knowyourforest.org/learning-library/creating-a-home-for-wild-animals

Class 3 ( September 24): What’s going on in your woods: wildlife use of forests

Video recording of Class 3 click here

Homework and Follow-up from Class 3:

Check out the digital resources:

https://www.dfw.state.or.us/maps/compass/index.asp

https://myodfw.com/wildlife-viewing/species/birds

https://amphibiaweb.org/

https://www.fws.gov/

https://oregonforests.org/content/forest-laws

https://oregonforests.org/sites/default/files/2017-05/FactSheet14_Wildlife.pdf

Read an article on incorporating fish and wildlife into management planning: : http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/southcoastfieldforest/exploring-woodland-wildlife-for-your-management-plan/

Pre-work for next class:

Explore the 2019 Aerial Survey story map: https://arcg.is/1m9Dbv

Story maps show geographic data with photos and information. The Aerial survey story map represents forest health detections across Oregon and Washington and provides background information on the various forest health issues.  As you scroll down this story map, you will be able to view photos and descriptions of each forest health issue with an associated detection map. Find your general location on the map to see what specific insects and diseases (and other damage agents) that are causing tree mortality and damage in your area.

Read a short article: A healthy forest is no accident https://oregonforests.org/node/716

Drought maps: Drought makes forests more susceptible to insects and disease, check out the drought maps (note you can look at historic time periods) https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Class 4 (October 1): What’s going on in your woods: forest health

Homework and Follow-up from Class 4:

References to drill down further

Forest Health Highlights in Oregon – 2019.  Detailed summary of forest issues in Oregon

https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Documents/ForestBenefits/Forest-health-highlights-report-2019.PDF

Post class homework

Forest health detective

  1. Do you have any examples of dead and dying trees on your property?
  2. Describe the setting.
  3. Slope, aspect, is the tree in dense forests, on the edge?
  4. Describe the species, and general size (diameter and height).
  5. Describe the symptoms.
  6. Is/are the tree(s) completely dead?
  7. Describe any symptoms on foliage/needles.
  8. Describe any symptoms on trunk/base of tree.
  9. Using what you learned in class, do you have any preliminary thoughts on what is causing the symptoms?
  10. Any other observations?

Read up on the Don’t Move Fire Wood campaign and learn how you can help prevent unknowingly spreading invasive pests.

Class 5 (October 8): Taking care of your woods: management techniques including planting, weed control

Homework and Follow-up from Class 5:

Class 6 (October 15): Taking care of your woods: tending you woods, thinning and marketing wood.

Homework and Follow-up from Class 6:

Class 7 (October 22): Getting it done: laws and regulations, fire preparedness

Homework and Follow-up from Class 7:

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