University Extension

Fire Adapted Communities 

There’s a new kid in town in the world of wildfire, known by the name of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC). 

When Should You Harvest Trees? 

This article was written for owners of woodlands managed for timber production.  There are several good reasons to harvest trees:

(1) The tree is “economically mature”…Merchantable trees are like money in the bank- the value of the annual growth of wood is like interest in a savings account. If the tree’s growth is not earning more than an acceptable rate of interest, it is time to cash it in. It usually has nothing to do with the age of the tree!

(2) The tree has become defective…Damage resulting from wind, lightning strikes or other trees falling into a tree will severely limit growth. Rot, cavities, and fungus growing on the tree are also signs of declining health.

Beat the Weeds: Planning Invasive Species Management 

Deciding how to manage an invasive species infestation can be intimidating. Thankfully, there is help available.

Dealing with timber loss due to fire: the Federal tax implications 

I hope most of you don’t need to read this but we need to talk about what to do if you had fire on your property in 2015.  Normally, taxpayers are only able to recover their investment in timber at the time of a harvest.  This is done through the use of depletion.  However, if you have a loss on your property, you can also reclaim some of that investment in the form of a casualty loss deduction.

Tax Planning -- The Reforestation Incentive 


Soon we will all be filing our 2015 tax returns.  The current income tax law has a special provision for forest landowners.  The law allows landowners to deduct from their income tax return up to $10,000 in reforestation expenditures per tax year, per qualified timber property. 

Igniting the spark: Encouraging kids to spend time in the forest 

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.”
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

What is certification and what does it mean to me? 

In many of my talks with landowners, the topic of certification comes up. It usually comes up because I bring it up and the landowner responds that they don’t know if they are certified, has never heard of certification or is confused by what being certified actually means to them. 

Stepping away from forestry for a second, think about a symbol we have all seen on products:

Underwriters Laboratory symbol

A Woman in Boy Scouts 

Scouting is a great way to enjoy nature. It is an active program that allows boys to grow into men. Boy Scouts in days of old didn’t allow women leaders, but women could be Cub Scout leaders. This is still true in some areas.  Being a mother of a scout, I have been active since my son was a Cub.  I helped him transition from a Cub to a Boy Scout.  I became a Webelos leader.  Webelos stand for “We Be Loyal Scouts”.  As a Webelos’ leader, I helped the boys prepare for their new found roles in scouting.  As a Cub Scout, the boys are still under their parents’ supervision.

Recreation in Oregon Forests 

Aesthetics and recreation are two of the leading reasons woodland owners designate for why they own forested property. After talking with some local Oregon Women Owning Woodlands Network members it is obvious that recreation is an important element of forest ownership for them. They are out in the woods doing everything from horseback riding to plant identification. And often they are taking friends and family along to get them engaged with the forest. Here some of these women share what they are doing in their woods.


1. What recreational activities do you participate in on your woodlands?