JOHN DAY - Every woodland owner has special reasons for owning their rural property, no matter if it's one acre or 1,000. Whether for peace and quiet, scenery, wildlife or commercial timber or all of these, these unique values are very important.

Anyone interested in learning more about managing woodlands, the Grant County Oregon State University Extension service will offer the Basic Forestry Shortcourse in February and March. The BFS is the most comprehensive introduction to forest management class for small woodland owners available and has already been of real value to other landowners in the area. Each meeting will be held 6:30-9 p.m. at Grant District 3 meeting room. The schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 6 - Introduction, Management Planning, Tree Biology and Forest Ecology

• Feb. 13 - Introduction to Silviculture, Reforestation

• Feb. 20 - Forest Mapping & Measurements and Sources of Assistance

• Feb. 27 - Forest Protection, Fish & Wildlife

• March 13 - Marketing Timber Products, Logging & Access

A field trip will be set for a later date.

The class will be taught by Bob Parker, area extension forester and other guest speakers. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for the entire course is $20 to cover the cost of instructional materials. However, participants are welcome to just take individual classes for $5 each. Those planning to attend are asked to register immediately by calling the Grant County Extension Service at 575-1911.

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