If there is anything that can be called a smarter tree for many areas of the Oregon Coast, it would have to be Red Alder which is described as a nitrogen fixer that frequently exceeds the market value of Douglas Fir. The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering a workshop for timber land owners to explore Red Alder as a preferred alternative to Douglas Fir in some cases.
The workshop will reveal key steps in alder management including stand establishment, tree spacing, pruning, harvesting and marketing. The workshop will also go over potential values and benefits from alder in a forest and the tools for evaluating options.
The extension service has scheduled this workshop for May 8th. Deadline for registering is May 4th. You can stop by the extension office at 29 SE 2nd Street in Newport or register on line by clicking here.