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2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm

Joint Forest Communicators Meeting

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Monday, August 29, 2016 - Thursday, September 1, 2016 (all day event)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:     Forest communication practitioners and researchers

THEMES: The meeting will address major challenges and opportunities for forest communication, including presentations from members of each network and other experts. Meeting themes include:

  • Sustainability and Trust: Communicating Across Sectors to Benefit Forests
  • Thinking Global and Acting Local; Thinking Local and Acting Global: Scaling Forest Communications Up, Down and Across Continents
  • Skill Development: Improving Communications Tools and Techniques

WHAT TO PRESENT:   Academic research, case studies, business examples and more!  Oral presentations only (no posters).

All presentations must be delivered in English.

HOW TO SUBMIT:     Complete the template on the attachment and then email your proposal to Cynthia Miner (clminer@fs.fed.us) or Ingwald Gschwandtl (Ingwald.GSCHWANDTL@bmlfuw.gv.at)

MWM Mini College

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Saturday, August 27, 2016 (all day event)

MWM Mini-College is a chance for Master Woodland Managers statewide to come together to continue on their path of life-long learning. Mini-College instructors take topics to more in depth places knowing that MWMs have already been through a rigorous forestry training.

http://extensionweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/mwm

Your Legacy, Your Land

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our monthly Your Legacy, Your Land Webinars.  We are partnering with OSU and their Ties to the Land program to connect you with experts as you work through your plans.  On the fourth Thursday of every month at 11 pm (PST), we will discuss a different topic associated with your legacy plan, from setting goals to communicating with your family to understanding the different estate planning tools.   Register for each webinar: http://mylandplan.org/content/your-legacy-your-land-monthly-webinar-series

The Synergy of Science & Industry

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Monday, August 22, 2016 8:00 AM - Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:00 PM

Experience the Synergy…

Over the last several years, researchers have helped open up many promising avenues for biochar market development in North America. Likewise, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have made investments to develop commercial markets. With so much research being published on biochar (over 5000 publications in 2015 alone!), there is a need to bring together these two groups to share information, lessons learned, and to solicit ideas on the pathway forward for biochar commercial development. The US Biochar Initiative and Sustainable Obtainable Solutions aims to bring together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development.

Who should attend?

This event is designed for farmers, foresters, policymakers, biochar producers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Students and interested citizens will also benefit from this event.

Registration will open in May 2016. See the website for more details: http://www.usbi2016.org

Biochar 2016

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:00 PM - Thursday, August 25, 2016 12:00 PM

Over the last several years, researchers have helped open up many promising avenues for biochar market development in North America. Likewise, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have made investments to develop commercial markets. With so much research being published on biochar (over 5000 publications in 2015 alone!), there is a need to bring together these two groups to share information, lessons learned, and to solicit ideas on the pathway forward for biochar commercial development. The US Biochar Initiative and Sustainable Obtainable Solutions aims to bring together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development.

Who should attend?
This event is designed for farmers, foresters, policy makers, biochar producers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Students and interested citizens will also benefit from this event.

For more information, http://usbi2016.org/

Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Saturday, August 20, 2016 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016 tour and picnic/potluck will be at Joe and Shirley Holmberg’s property.Save the date and watch for more details.

Western Regional Extension Forestry

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Monday, August 8, 2016 12:00 PM - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 PM

This year’s Western Regional Extension Forestry (WCC 1003) meeting will take place August 8-10 in Park City, Utah. It will be hosted by Utah State University Extension Forestry. Please put these dates on your calendar’s and plan on joining us.

Time pressures and distance make collaboration and coordination between extension foresters from different states challenging. The objective of this meeting is to bring together extension professionals in forestry and related disciplines from the western region and offer a comfortable, low pressure venue for sharing program ideas and potential directions for future collaboration. We hope that our time together will lead to:

·           The formation of new programming ideas or ways to improve on existing programs.

·           Identification of ways to overcome barriers (real or potential) for getting ideas off the ground.

·           New partnerships between states where information and ideas are freely shared and used.

Much of this meeting will consist of short presentations (given by you!) of ideas you have for cooperative projects, followed by short, informal meetings to discuss the projects that generate the most interest. Our objective is to get some interstate projects going from this sharing. We expect that many of you have ‘back burner’ ideas that are slowly smoldering away…this will be your chance to share them. And even if you don’t have specific programming ideas in mind, you may be interested in colleagues’ ideas and this meeting could spark new collaborations. Below are two articles about the strategic planning techniques used by Oregon State University Extension Forestry. We are using their ideas as a rough guide for the sharing process we will use for this meeting.

Linking Strategic Thinking and Project Planning: The Oregon State University Extension Forestry Experience

https://www.crops.org/files/publications/jnrlse/pdfs/jnr021/021-01-0064.pdf

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 8

Afternoon: WCC Board Meeting (WCC state representatives only)

Evening: Welcome reception (everyone)

Tuesday, August 9

AM: Presentations regarding potential project collaborations among participants. Back burner ideas become front burner ideas!

PM: Presentation from Joint Fire Science Network about recent programming successes and what’s working on the ground. Time will be set aside for strategizing ways to bring relevant, fire-related programming to your state.

Wednesday, August 10

AM: Collaboration and strategic planning (informal) session among peers

PM: Field tour: locations to be determined; will likely include stops at a local sawmill and/or a cross laminated timber manufacturer (see recent feature story from Utah Forest News) and stops in the nearby mountains to see ongoing and past forestry activities. 

Summer Picnic and Tour, Benton Chapter Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc.

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:00 PM

Come and enjoy a potluck picnic with fellow small woodland owners and friends at Fort Hoskins Park, in the Kings Valley area. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided.

Tour following the picnic is a short drive up the road to the Schmidt Family Forest, Hoskins property.

Directions: From Corvallis take Hwy 20 west to the Kings Valley Hwy 223. Turn right on Hwy 223 and go about 5 miles. Turn left on Hoskins road. The entrance to the park is on the right about a mile from Hwy 223

Summer Picnic Potluck/Linn Chapter OR Small Woodlands Assoc.

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Linn County Chapter of the Small Woodlands Association is hosting this get together at Henry Wolthius’s property. Save the date and watch for more details.

Your Legacy, Your Land

Forestry Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our monthly Your Legacy, Your Land Webinars.  We are partnering with OSU and their Ties to the Land program to connect you with experts as you work through your plans.  On the fourth Thursday of every month at 11 pm (PST), we will discuss a different topic associated with your legacy plan, from setting goals to communicating with your family to understanding the different estate planning tools.   Register for each webinar: http://mylandplan.org/content/your-legacy-your-land-monthly-webinar-series

NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Leave a Legacy: Land Conservancy Agreements

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Craig Harper of SOLC.
Want your land stewardship/management values to continue when you move on to greener pastures? Craig Harper of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will walk you through the possibilities and processes of this options and share some examples from SOLC.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Portland | Small Bites Happy Hour featuring Dr. Sam Logan

Health & Wellness Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Dr. Sam Logan, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Adapted Physical Activity, will discuss the benefits of mobility and social interaction on childhood development. Dr. Logan directs the Go Baby Go! program which provides modified ride-on cars to children with limited mobility.

Come join us for beer tasting and appetizers while networking with fellow Beavers!

Monday, August 8
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Widmer Brothers Brewery
929 N Russell Street
Portland, OR  97227

Price (includes heavy appetizers and beer tasting)
$10 (OSUAA members)
$15 (nonmembers)

This event is open to the public.

Details and Registration

The OSU Alumni Association and College of Public Health and Human Sciences bring you "Small Bites” a series of presentations on the latest health research in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and network with fellow Beavers.

Compost Trouble Shooting

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Instructor:  Chris Hjerrild, Master Gardener

Already have a compost system, but still have questions or need help?  Get your questions answered in this fun class

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 2 min ago
Friday, July 29, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Polk County Fair Beautification Day

Gardening Events - 9 hours 12 min ago
Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Polk County Ford Institute Leadership Cohort, in conjunction with the Polk County Fairgrounds Board, invite you to join us on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 for the “Polk County Fairgrounds Beautification Day.”  All Polk County residents and families are invited to volunteer from 9:00am to 1:00pm to complete projects around the Fairgrounds.  Projects will include repairing, repainting and building sheep and goat panels, constructing and painting small animal trays, and other projects to prepare for the 2016 Polk County Fair and other events.   All ages and skill levels are needed, so bring the family!  The day will conclude with a celebration of everyone’s efforts. 
 
Visit our website at http://www.polkswcd.com/polk-county-fair-beautification-day.html for information, to register to volunteer, or to provide a tax-deductible cash donation.  All donations collected will be used for supplies needed on July 23. 
 
For additional information, contact Karin Stutzman at manager@polkswcd.com or 503.623.9680 x110.
 
The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with the mission of creating successful citizens and vital rural communities.  Since its start in 1957, one of the main purposes of the Foundation is to provide leadership training and grants that benefit communities in rural Oregon.  For more information about the Foundation, visitwww.tfff.org.

Polk County Master Gardener Chapter Meeting and Program

Gardening Events - 9 hours 12 min ago
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Program presenter – Educator and PCMG member Carol Infranca will enlighten us about Social Media. Carol  travels extensively to educate people about social media …. What it is, what it can do, how we can best use it, where it may be found, and why it is a tool for Master Gardeners.

Washington County Small Woodlands Association

Forestry Events - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Approximate Coordinates of meeting place: 45°26'14.1"N, 123°04'12.6"W

   (see directions below)

The Chehalem Ridge Metro property continues to be an excellent example of active management activities, particularly with a variety of thinning projects.

For this tour we will visit an active oak savanna restoration, see 4 years of cut-to-length thinning in young plantations, and visit a 2014 thinning in a mature mixed fir / madrone / oak woodland with some spectacular madrone.

Parking and driving directions: 

The WCSWA group will meet by the entrance gate to Chehalem Ridge (on Dixon Mill Road). Parking is available at the meeting place. Get directions from your starting point to Gaston, then follow these directions. As you head south on Highway 47 into Gaston, turn left onto Main Street to head east. Main Street becomes Gaston Road. You’ll pass Spring Hill Road and then come to a curve that automatically takes you left onto Hardebeck Road. Take the immediate right onto Dixon Mill Road and head east for approximately 2.3 miles. The turnoff for Chehalem Ridge will be on your left, and you will see a gate and the plantation. Allow about one hour from Portland, 20 minutes from Hillsboro and 10 minutes from Forest Grove. (Note: if you are coming from the east or south east, there is a more circuitous route from Unger Road off Hwy 219 south of Hillsboro to Iowa Hill Road, then west as Iowa Hill Road becomes Dixon Mill Road). 

Polk County Fair Beautification Day

4-H Events - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Polk County Ford Institute Leadership Cohort, in conjunction with the Polk County Fairgrounds Board, invite you to join us on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 for the “Polk County Fairgrounds Beautification Day.”  All Polk County residents and families are invited to volunteer from 9:00am to 1:00pm to complete projects around the Fairgrounds.  Projects will include repairing, repainting and building sheep and goat panels, constructing and painting small animal trays, and other projects to prepare for the 2016 Polk County Fair and other events.   All ages and skill levels are needed, so bring the family!  The day will conclude with a celebration of everyone’s efforts. 
 
Visit our website at http://www.polkswcd.com/polk-county-fair-beautification-day.html for information, to register to volunteer, or to provide a tax-deductible cash donation.  All donations collected will be used for supplies needed on July 23. 
 
For additional information, contact Karin Stutzman at manager@polkswcd.com or 503.623.9680 x110.
 
The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with the mission of creating successful citizens and vital rural communities.  Since its start in 1957, one of the main purposes of the Foundation is to provide leadership training and grants that benefit communities in rural Oregon.  For more information about the Foundation, visitwww.tfff.org.