2014 Oregon Women Owning Woodlands Retreat 

 

Registration is now open for the 2014 Oregon WOWnet retreat. Join us for three days of forestry, creativity, and sharing.

 

 

 

 

 

Topics covered include:

  1. Tools of the Trade
  2. Selling wood and non-timber products from your land
  3. Creative Writing
  4. Wildlife Viewing, Monitoring and Habitat Enhancement
  5. Managing Woodlands for Complexity, Health, and Resilience

Register soon, space is limited!

Useful Advice: Ask Questions! 

Guest post from Wilma B of Indiana: Ask your state forester questions.  My forester answered my questions and encouraged me to attend local woodland committee meetings where I heard much helpful information. At field days and workshops, I was able to see and hear what others were doing and who they hired to do it if they couldn't do it themselves.

Read the forester re-inspection reports and discuss with consulting foresters the next steps. Pre- and Post- harvest conferences with state and consulting forester are also very helpful to hear their ideas. I'm also thankful I could take a woodland owner short course to get more in depth information about forestry.    
          

Do Your Homework 

Guest post by Anna D of Indiana

I had an “AHA Moment” when a lumber mill owner and his  forester personally approached me in my woods and offered me compensation for timber at that moment. They were knowledgeable about my woods and were prepared to make me an offer. They had already “visited” my woods (trespassed) to check out the timber. I was completely surprised and went on the defensive because I realized how clueless I was about the value of the timber on the land, the overall market for timber, and the attributes of the land and timber that could affect a sale. I was at a complete disadvantage because I was not prepared with information. 

Safety First! 

My forest “aha!” moment is this advice from our extension forester: “Safety first!” Safety is key when you work in the forest.

 

Through University of Idaho Extension, about 2001 or 2002, I was taking a class on pruning White Pine to reduce the risk of blister rust infection. Pruning didn’t seem to present many safety hazards, yet our teacher emphasized safety.

 

There are all the things that can go wrong that you didn’t know could go wrong until they do go wrong—and then it is too late.

 

Useful Advice: Know What You Have and Be Good to Pollinators 

Guest Post by Susan Benedict, PA landowner, 2012 WaTW graduate

The most useful piece of advice came from my father. It was his dying wish that I agree to walk the entire 2087 acres of our property. I asked him why this was so important and he said, "I want you to know what you have."  This has proven to be a real blessing. I have come to know our property and its features. It has helped me to be an active participant in our forest management instead of relying solely on the expertise of others.