Forest Metrics Workshop in Cottage Grove, Oregon

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Forest Metrics Workshop in Cottage Grove, Oregon

Postby Kevin » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:29 pm

Forest Metrics Workshop in Cottage Grove

Sunday, September 30th 10:00am to 4:00pm
(If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Samantha Chirillo at

In our Long Tom checkerboard forest tour, we reviewed and briefly discussed a variety of timber thinnings. In this tour, we'll look into the Gowdyville Thinning (completed 15 years ago), just 3 miles southeast of Cottage Grove. We'll discuss how well the stands have recovered and developed after thinning. We'll measure some common forest metrics such as tree age and height, along with stand density in square feet of basal area per acre.

If time permits, we'll also introduce the standard land survey concept of township, range and section, along with a handout and quick overview of map and compass use. If you can't find it, you can't measure it!

This workshop, from 10am til roughly 3 or 4pm, will involve some walking in the woods. There may be logging slash, poison oak, even hornets if the weather is still dry. Bring water and lunch. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, along with long pants and a light-colored shirt. If the weather and woods are still bone dry (extreme fire risk), then each car should have a fire extinguisher and shovel.

Note: You'll get more out of this workshop with some reading and preparation! Before the workshop, please contact Samantha at for maps, site index and yield charts, and other information pertaining to the training session.

Those in Cottage Grove should meet us at the Gowdyville Thinning, intersection of Gowdyville Rd with BLM spur 20-4-35. There is a yellow iron gate on the south side of the road near the top of the hill.

Those of us from the north, east, west or core of Eugene will meet at about 9AM at the northeast parking lot of Lane Community College at 30th and Eldon Schafer Rd (take the 30th Ave exit off I-5), then carpool to the thinning.
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