OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

How to Manage Your Forest

The “How to Manage Your Forest” online Extension program is designed to introduce you to a broad range of fundamental forest management topics that will help you achieve your unique forestland goals and objectives. Through this program, you can now learn these practical, research-based skills and techniques on your own time and at your own schedule.

Our first module is Silviculture, or the art and science of managing forests to achieve your objectives. We recommend you begin by watching the Introductory Video below, then viewing each of the nine Silviculture sections in the order listed.

Next is the Management Practices module which contains nine more sections, covering a wide array of valuable forest management topics that will help you achieve your goals and objectives.

Last, we have included a Business Management module where you can learn about Federal and Oregon State taxes and what you can do to minimize their impact on your financial health.

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Module 1: Silviculture

Goals and Objectives

Why goals and objectives are important and many of the goals common to woodland owners are discussed.

Site Factors

The site and condition of the forest strongly influence the selection of appropriate goals. This section shows how to evaluate site and stand condition factors

How Trees Grow

Understanding the biology of tree growth provides powerful insights into developing forest management decisions.

Forest Ecology

Forests are dynamic systems. Understanding the principles of forest ecology is fundamental to sound forest management.

Silvicultural Systems

Silvicultural systems are a planned set of treatments by which forests are regenerated, managed, and harvested.

How Forests Grow

Understanding these dynamic systems enables the landowner to select the best trees and the right number of trees needed to achieve their desired goals.

Density Management

Forest density influences how fast trees grow, their resistance to insects and diseases, and even tree form and wood quality.

Thinning Methods

Thinning a stand of trees is one of the most powerful tools available to manage for a wide variety of goals.

Other Treatments

Improving a stand by removing undesirable trees or cleaning up dead and dying trees following wildfire or forest health problems is discussed, as well as pruning limbs and applying fertilizer.

Module 2: Management Practices

Map and Measure Part 1

Mapping and Measurements. By Tristan Huff, Oregon State University Extension Service

Map and Measure Part 2

Mapping and Measurements, Part 2. By Tristan Huff, Oregon State University Extension Service

Harvest and Access Part 1

Harvesting and Access Part 1. Presented by Bob Parker and Steven Bowers, Oregon State University Extension Service

Harvest and Access Part 2

Harvesting and Access Part 2. Presented by Bob Parker and Steven Bowers, Oregon State University Extension Service

Watersheds and Forestry

Watersheds and Forestry: An Introduction. By Paul W. Adams, Oregon State University Extension Service

Forest Insects Part 1

Forest Insect Ecology and Management - Part 1. Presented by Paul Oester, Oregon State University Extension Service

Forest Insects Part 2

Forest Insect Ecology and Management - Part 2. Presented by Paul Oester, Oregon State University Extension Service

Module 3: Business Management

Oregon Forest Harvest Tax

Woodland Business Management: Oregon Timber Tax. Presenters Dr. Norm Elwood and Bob Parker, Extension Forester

Oregon Forestland Tax

Woodland Business Management: Oregon Forest Property Tax. Presenters Dr. Norm Elwood and Bob Parker, Extension Forester

Federal Taxes

How to Manage Your Forest - Federal Income Tax