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April 16 - Thinning for fuels reduction & forest health

Is your forest or small woodland overgrown or packed with small trees?  Thinning out some of the smaller trees can improve the health and vigor of the remaining trees – and make your forest more fire-resistant too! 

Join us for a hands-on field session where we discuss the nuts and bolts of non-commercial thinning, including short and long term objectives, tree selection, spacing and other considerations, and what to do with all the material you’ve just cut. 

Together we will mark a stand and decide what to leave and what to cut. We will then have a sawyer implement our design by cutting and removing material while we watch. Depending on the weather, they will burn or chip the cut material.   We’ll also look at other uses of the small logs, including for firewood and poles for farm building projects. 

If you’ve been wanting to perform fuels reduction or forest health thinning on your rural property but aren’t sure how to get started, this class is for you!  Please note that this is a field-based class – dress for the weather, and walking in the woods.  Short walks on uneven terrain will be involved. 

Please RSVP to (541) 776-7371 to ensure adequate handouts.  Cost is $5.  Space is limited.  You will receive directions upon registration.

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Location: Sterling Creek, Jacksonville