Washington County Small Woodlands Association, Inc., is a chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA).

Annual WCSWA Potluck – Tuesday, May 17th

The Annual WCSWA Potluck is almost here!

This year’s potluck will feature good food, provided by the members attending, outstanding woodland owner company - and much more! The official starting time is 5:00 p.m., but get there when you can – if you’re early there will be folks to swap stories with. The potluck will be held at the Hanschu’s Little Beaver Tree Farm west of Banks (see map on page 9 if you haven’t been there before). It’s a modified potluck – Sam Sadtler will be cooking burgers and dogs on the grill, and you only need to bring a side dish, dessert, salad, rolls, or whatever you wish to provide. Tableware will be provided, along with soft drinks and water.

The agenda for the evening will include: Presentation of 50-year Tree Farm signs to two of our members, introduction of the 2015 Washington County Small Woodland Association Tree Farmer of the Year, a presentation on invasive weed species by Dr. Rob Emanuel of Clean Water Services, and a tour and discussion of an on-going pole harvest by Ken Nygren of Bell Timber and Richard and Anne Hanschu.

Who Has the Advantage? Douglas-fir or Southern Pine?

Tamara Cushing, our guest speaker for WCSWA’s January 26th meeting, came to OSU in June 2014. She is the Starker Chair and Extension Appointment for the College of Forestry. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Florida and two Masters from Mississippi State in Forest Economics and Taxation. In addition she received a PhD in Forest Finance from the University of Georgia. Her talk compared forestry in the south vs. the northwest.

Read more in February issue of Forest Forum

Your Forest and Carbon Credits

As any Oregon small woodland owner already knows, the forests of Northwest Oregon grow trees better than almost anywhere else in the world. These remarkable forests use nutrients from the soil, sunlight and rain, as well as carbon dioxide that they suck out of the atmosphere to build the structure of trees. An abundance of nutrients, sunlight, and this year in particular, rain, give us very high site index, one measure of a tree’s ability to grow. This high growth rate also means that our forests are absorbing a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Given worldwide concern over carbon dioxide emissions contributing to climate change, markets have developed to buy and sell carbon credits. One credit is equivalent to the sequestration (storage) of a ton of carbon dioxide. Forests store carbon very well, so credits may be issued to a forestland owner, who in turn can sell those credits and realize annual income. This is done through a project where the forest must be measured, modeled into the future, and verified by a third party. The forestland owner is issued carbon credits for any carbon that their forest sequesters above a baseline level, essentially the average practice in the region. By definition, this type of management does not stop harvest but actually encourages frequent thinning.

Read more in January 2016 Forest Forum


Master Woodland Managers Program:

Washington County has many small woodland owners who have qualified to become Master Woodland Managers under the OSU Extension MWM program. These MWM's have received training in woodland management science and technology, and are available to serve as volunteer mentor/advisors to other woodland owners.

To receive the services of a MWM, contact Amy Grotta at 503-397-3462

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