Clackamas County offers classes for woodland lot owners
Got trees? Woodland property owners have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about urban forestry and the tax implications of forested land.
Tree School Clackamas, Oregon's largest forestry and natural resources education event of the year, has opened its registration.
"Tree school is the best forestry education opportunity of the year for woodland owners in the region," said Glenn Ahrens, a Oregon State University Extension forestry agent located at the Clackamas County Extension office in Oregon City. This is the 30th Tree School since its inception in 1991. About 750 woodland owners, foresters and exhibitors attend the program each year.
The Clackamas Tree School on Saturday, March 21, will feature 74 classes covering key topics to support the successful management of small woodlands. Participants will learn about seedlings, tree planting, tools and techniques, wildfire preparedness, marketing and business, forest health, wildlife habitat, water, forest fungi and more. Seven new classes have been added, including "Intro to Small Woodland Management" and "Your Trees, Your Lumber, Your House."
"Tree School offers a lot of great classes. We're hearing that we should do more to cover the basic forest management and maintenance topics. This year we're doubling up on those basic classes in greatest demand," Ahrens said.
People can register online, in-person or by mail. Many classes fill in the first few days of registration. For registration information, visit the website at bit.ly/Clacktree, stop by the OSU Extension office at 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City, or call 503-655-8631.
Trees and taxes
The extension also will offer "Federal Income Tax Class for Woodland Owners." This class is a must for anyone with recent forest income or planning for future income from their forestland. The session is from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 5, at the OSU Clackamas Extension Annex, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City.
Many landowners are unaware of the special provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that pertain to forestland and income generated from their land. This session will help participants improve the records they keep on their forestland as well as minimize the taxes paid on income generated by the forest.
The instructor for this session is Tammy Cushing, an specialist in forest economics, management and policy. Cushing also is the OSU Foundation's Starker chair in family and private forestry. She has a wealth of knowledge about forest business management and experience dealing with
woodland ownership in Oregon. Come prepared with questions.
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