N. Coast Workshops Cover Rural Homeowner Issues All Over Oregon
(Tillamook, Oregon) – A number of forestry workshops have been announced for the season by the Tillamook office of the OSU Extension Service. Homeowners can learn about heating their abode more efficiently, soil samples and the Internet, and coastal or urban residents can learn about dealing with the possibility of wildfire dangers. (Above: Nehalem River in Tillamook County)
On February 27, it's Home Energy Heating Sources and Their Costs: How to Decide What's Best!
At this workshop they will discuss traditional heating fuels and their production, consumption and costs. Learn to use an Excel spreadsheet that makes it easy to compare different types of fuels based on their cost per million Btu of available heat. Burning wood or wood pellets can be less expensive at a cost per million Btu than natural gas, electricity, heating oil or propane.
Discover why you should always use well-seasoned firewood and good quality wood pellets. The class also allows you to – in detail - compare different heating fuels.
On March 21, the class is Web Soil Survey and Other Internet Tools for Ag and Forest Landowners.
A soil survey is an inventory of the different soil types and their location in the county. The Web Soil Survey is a useful web-based tool that was created, and is maintained, by the Natural Resource and Conservation Service. You can use several methods for choosing a location including: an address, or Section, Range and Township, or Latitude and Longitude.
Information is available about what soils are present, their characteristics, agriculture or forest productivity, suitability for heavy equipment, and much more. Bring a description of your property to the class and develop a Web Soil Survey Report for that property.
On March 27, it is Living with Wildfire along the Oregon Coast
Did you know that 10 of the largest fires in Oregon history occurred west of the Cascade Mountains? During this workshop, they will discuss the history of wildfire along the Oregon coast and Coast Range, wildfire behavior, and methods to mitigate your risks by setting up defensible zones that include vegetation control, landscaping with fire-resistant plants, construction materials and more.
These classes could be good for those living even on the outer edges of larger cities like Portland. If you live in the wildland-urban-interface, that beautiful setting for your home can be extremely dangerous in case of wildfire.
Registration for the events can be found here: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/tillamook/forestry-classes-amp-events
The classes will be held at 2204 4th Street, Tillamook, Oregon. 503-842-3433.
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