Classes cover caring for woodlands

The Oregon State University Extension Service offers a series of classes in Grants Pass and Central Point on tending woodlands.

"Woodland Stewardship — How to Get the Most Out of Your Forested Property" is a six-class series that provides an overview of concepts and practices of forest stewardship for woodland properties.

Organizers said the course is designed for owners who are just getting started with woodland management as well as more experienced owners who are looking for new ideas and approaches. It is a very practical, field-based course that will have participants outside, rain or shine.

Field activities will take place on woodland properties around the area where students will see what other landowners are doing and learn from them. Although the class will not be physically demanding, short walks through the woods will be required and students should be prepared with practical shoes, protection from the elements, and water.

Classes start April 1 and will be held every Friday. Sessions in Grants Pass will be from 9 a.m. until noon in Grants Pass, and the Central Point session will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The registration deadline is March 30. Preregistration is required.

Cost is $50 for all six classes or $10 for an individual class. Students can attend individual sessions, but attending all six is recommended for best results, organizers said. The fee covers instruction, handouts and other materials. The classes are led by Max Bennett, forestry agent with OSU Extension Service, master woodland managers, and guest instructors.

To register for Grants Pass sessions, call 541-476-6613 or stop by 215 Ringuette St., Grants Pass. To register for Central Point sessions, call 541-776-7371 or stop by 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

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