You’re Invited: Field Tour of Poplar Demonstration Site in Oregon

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) invites you to join researchers, Washington State University Extension agents, and other poplar tree enthusiasts for a free field tour of the AHB Jefferson “Poplar for Biofuels” demonstration site in Jefferson, Ore., on February 22, anytime from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The poplars at the Jefferson Demonstration Site were planted in the spring of 2012 and first harvested in 2013 after two growing seasons. Now, three years after the initial harvest, they have regrown to heights of more than 30 feet and are ready for a second harvest. So on the site tour, attendees will get to learn about the harvest procedure, watch the poplar harvester at work (it’s a modified version of the machine used to harvest corn in the Midwest), and learn about the uses of poplar farms in the Pacific Northwest.

You can register for free online, and email Noelle Hart or call 425-741-9953 with any questions. (Please do register, though, so you can be informed of any changes or cancellations due to inclement weather). And remember to dress for field conditions!

AHB is a consortium of university and industry partners, including the University of Washington, working to prepare northern California, Oregon, Washington and northern Idaho for a sustainable hardwood bio-based chemicals and biofuels industry.

Photo of poplar harvester © AHB.

ONRC to Host “Forest Owners Field Day”

On Saturday, August 24, the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) in Forks, Wash., will host a day of field courses and exercises designed for family forest owners and managers on the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding areas. Whether you own a small plot or 500 wooded acres, the “Forest Owners Field Day” will offer classes and activities to help you plan and execute your management objectives and be better stewards of the land.

Forest Owners Field DayExperts in forest management, wildlife habitat, fire protection, timber products and other forest stewardship disciplines will be leading courses throughout the day. They’ll cover numerous and wide-ranging topics, from “Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance” to “Shiitake Mushroom Culture” or “Noxious Weed Management.” The field day has not been held on the west end of the Peninsula for more than 10 years, so it’s a great opportunity for landowners to catch up on a decade’s worth of information in one day. (Absentee landowners with property on the peninsula are especially encouraged to attend.)

The gates open at 8 a.m., and the official field day events will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you register before August 19, the cost is $20 per person or $30 for a family of two or more. After that, registration—including on the day of the event—is $30 per person or $40 for a family of two or more. Additionally, if you sign up by August 19 you can order an on-site BBQ lunch for $10 (to benefit a local service club); otherwise, you should plan to pack your own meal.

The Washington State University Extension office, ONRC and the University of Washington, the DNR Forest Stewardship Program, and the Family Forest Foundation are the primary sponsors of the field day, and a host of other organizations and agencies are contributing to the event.

Take a look at a detailed schedule of presentations and activities, and for more information or questions you can contact WSU Extension Forester Andy Perleberg at 509.667.6540 or andyp@wsu.edu.

See you in the woods!