A forestry tour in Wallowa County is being planned on the Bowerman Ranch and Salley B. Farms near Joseph.

The tour, "Traditional Forestry with Some Innovations," is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 62456 Bowerman Road.

Wendy McCullough, manager and one of the owners of the somewhat complicated family forest, will host the event, which is being facilitated by OSU Extension Service.

Participants will have a chance to view and discuss: several fuels reduction projects (about 100 acres) in a mixed-conifer forest; salvage logging operations; a productive site with lots of trees and lots of species diversity; and root disease, bark beetles and dwarf mistletoe and what to do about it.

Logger Mike Mahon of Wallowa will demonstrate his Waratah processor during the tour.

Diversifying income examples, featuring raising goats for meat and using goat milk for soap products, will be part of the tour to shed light on the many aspects of management of this property, including Mahon and Steve Meyer of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Jim Zacharias, a local logger who did some work on this property, may also be on the tour.

For information and to let organizers know how many people are planning to attend, call Union County Extension Forester Paul Oester, 541-963-1010.

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