BAKER CITY – The Oregon Small Woodland Association (OSWA) will hold its annual meeting and activities in Baker City June 23-25. 

Anyone interested in sustaining forests and rural communities is invited to participate.  It will start with a tour June 23 at Harry Merlo’s MC Ranch in Union County, including a light lunch and a barbecue dinner.

OSWA’s Annual Meeting will be held June 24 at the Best Western Sunridge Inn in Baker City. The theme is “Dealing with Changing Realities in Woodland Management,” and the keynote speaker is Diane Snyder, director of the Sonoran Institute Northern Rockies Region. Presentations will address partnerships, new markets, forest practices and transfer of ownership. The new Oregon State Forester Doug Decker will be the dinner speaker.

June 25 events will include tours focusing on thinning, forest health, fire protection, and markets. John Shelk of the Ochoco Lumber Company will discuss biomass markets at lunch. 

For cost, schedule and registration information, call 541-523-6418 or visit the OSWA website. 

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