January 14: Basic Concepts of Forest Management. The fundamentals of site productivity. How site factors affect how many trees can grow and develop without too much stress. What happens when there are too many or too few trees for an area’s productive capability. Physical characteristics of trees that indicate health or stress. Basic measurements of tree density that can guide management for various objectives. Instructor: Daniel Leavell

January 21: Silvicultural Systems. Features of differing approaches to managing forests. Even-aged vs. uneven-aged. Single vs. mixed species. Clearcut, selection, cohort, shelterwood, seed tree, and coppice systems. Thinning options. Regeneration, wildlife, and other considerations. Instructor: John Punches

January 28: Density Management. How to know when you have too many, or not enough, trees. How to manage for optimal growth, health, or tree form. Options for mixed species and multi-aged stands. Instructor: Jacob Putney

February 4: Managing for Timber. Applying principles of silviculture and density management to maximize tree growth and wood product yield – balanced with market and logging considerations. Instructor: Steve Fitzgerald

February 18: Managing for Wildlife. Exploring the use of silvicultural techniques to retain and promote critical habitat elements for a variety of wildlife species, and the potential tradeoffs between forest management and wildlife conservation. Instructor: Thomas Stokely

February 25: Managing for Grazing. How to manage trees when your real objective is to improve and maintain pasture. This session will examine options for juniper range and ponderosa pine/mixed conifer understories. Instructor: Pete Schreder

March 4: Identification and Management of Eastern Oregon Hardwoods. Characteristics and identification of broadleaf tree and shrub species, with advice on how to manage for varying objectives. Instructor: Thomas Stokely

March 11: Reforestation and Vegetation Management. Establishing young trees through planting or natural regeneration. Considerations for reducing competition from other plants. Oregon’s reforestation requirements/rules. Instructor: Thomas Stokely

March 18: Managing Slash and Fuels. What to do with the left-overs from forest management. Why slash/fuel management is important. Pros and cons of distributed vs. piled slash. Ways to “remove” unwanted small trees and brush. Rules for burning. Timing operations to minimize forest health risks. Instructor. Ariel Cowan

March 25: Managing Ponderosa Pine Forests. Considerations and opportunities specific to this important forest type. Instructor: Daniel Leavell

April 8: Managing Mixed Conifer Forests. What to do when your forest has several tree species, each with differing growth habits and environmental requirements. Instructor: Jacob Putney

April 15: Managing Western and Rocky Mountain Juniper. While native to eastern Oregon, these species have expanded their ranges and prominence within our landscapes. We’ll offer management options and environmental considerations. Instructor: John Rizza

April 22: Managing Lodgepole Pine Forests. Practical advice for a species with a unique life cycle, growth characteristics, and site preferences. Instructor: Jacob Putney

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