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Community Forestry Days at Hopkins Demonstration Forest

Forestry Events - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

We need your help to create, support, and maintain
forestry education opportunities at Hopkins. is is your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland. Learning by doing – it’s the Hopkins way we manage our forest.


Upcoming Projects and Events include:
• Preparing thousands of “tree cookies” for holiday fundraising to support Hopkins Demonstration Forest, in
partnership with the Aveda Institute and Dosha Salon.
• Installing long-term measurement plots in the Red Alder Plantation Demonstration Area – the plantation is now going on 12 years old.
• Marking trees for thinning in “Margaret’s Unit”, the 15 acre plantation named aer Margaret Hopkins, planted by students and volunteers in 1992-1993 after harvesting that was done to facilitate Margaret’s donation to create Hopkins Demonstration Forest.
• On the grounds: winterization chores, clean gutters, water lines, road drainage, and culvert inspection.
• In Everett Hall: set-up and decorate Christmas tree, swag and other holiday decorations
• In the Shop: winter inventory of all tools (both power and hand). The power tools will be tested to make sure they work and winterized if appropriate.

LEARN BY DOING—IT’S THE HOPKINS WAY WE MANAGE
OUR FOREST!
Registration is requested. Contact jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu or Jean
at 503-655-8631

A delicious hot lunch will be provided. Contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu

Women Owning Woodlands Network: Wreath Making Social

Forestry Events - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come to this WOWnet hosted event to learn with your fellow female woodland owners how to harvest floral greens from your property, then make beautiful winter wreaths and swags!  Head out to your woodland and collect some greenery, cones, and berries to bring to the workshop (cedar and Douglas-fir work, and smell, great!). Some greenery will also be available, but we ask that you please bring additional greenery (if possible) to ensure that there is enough for everyone. Optional: If you have any clippers, wire cutters, pliers, gloves, or decorations you wish to use, bring those too.

Soup & hot drinks provided.

Please RSVP to Tiffany by 12/4 - tiffany.fegel@oregonstate.edu

Forest & Woodland Roads Workshop

Forestry Events - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:34pm
Friday, December 8, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Use your road maintenance dollars effectively. Learn to assess your existing road for potential problems and prioritize repairs. Workshop covers maintenance and improvement techniques, water quality and aquatic habitat concerns, regulations, contracts, technical and financial assistance available to small woodland owners.


Morning in the classroom followed by a hands-on field session in the afternoon. Bring a sack lunch.

Speakers:
Francisca Belart - Timber Harvesting Extension Specialist
Jon Souder - Forest Watershed Extension Specialist
John Krause, Oregon Department of Forestry, Stewardship Forester

Advanced registration required, online: http://tinyurl.com/roadsdec8 or call Sonia Reagan, 503-397-3462

Woodland Mini Series - Clatsop

Forestry Events - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:39pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property, or a woodland owner wanting to write a forest management plan.

Topics covered:
Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site.

What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology.

Taking Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control.

Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Saturday Field Trip to see first hand examples of what you've learned.

Property site visit with instructor or other mentor.

Registration is required.

MANAGING YOUR WOODLAND PROPERTY – DETERMINE YOUR NEXT STEPS

Forestry Events - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This workshop helps families discover the potential of their woodland property and focus their stewardship priorities and plans. It is a good first step to a written management plan and helps you collect and organize key information:
• What do I know about my property & its history?
• What do I want to do with or get from my property?
• What are the most important things to do next?
• Where do I get help?

Cost: individual/family sharing materials
Register online: Salem: https://tinyurl.com/ManageWoodlandSalem

For more information, contact OSU Extension at -- or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu

Measuring plots in the woods

Tree Topics - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:05pm

Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension agent for Benton, Linn and Polk Counties

In this series about young stand thinning , I’ve worked on the assumption that people know the density of trees in their woods. I realize that in many cases, people don’t really know that, so cannot easily apply that information to deciding if they have enough room for healthy growth or if trees need to be thinned.

If you know what distance the trees were said to have been planted, you may have a fair idea of the density (a 10’ x 10’ spacing is about 440 trees per acre, a 12’ x 12’ is about 300 tpa). This is a good start, but not necessarily very accurate.   Actual planting spacing can vary quite a bit according to the conditions in the field and experience of the planters.  And of course some seedlings die during establishment, or some other trees may seed in from outside.  So it is probably a good idea to go out and get a better idea of what you’ve got.  The basic way to do this is to measure some plots.

We commonly use circular plots for this since they are easy to install and measure accurately. We choose a radius for the size of the plot we want, (typically 1/100, 1/50, 1/20 or 1/10 of an acre). We use larger plots for larger trees, smaller plots (and typically more of them) for smaller trees. See the table at right.  It is never too early to get an idea of this.  Checking the work of a planting crew often involves checking planting density with a lot of small plots.

So how is this done? Let’s walk through the process together.

First, if you have not measured a plot before, make it easy for yourself. Choose some easy ground with trees that have been pruned up and are not overrun with blackberries.   Something like this, to the left.

I realize this may not describe the young stand you are actually interested in measuring, but since this is a training practice, that is fine. If you don’t have anything that fits this description, maybe ask a neighbor, or someone in your OSWA chapter to practice in theirs.

For this exercise you’ll want a few stakes, some flagging, paper and pencil, and a tape measure (a loggers tape is best). Oh, and maybe bring a friend along to help.

Go into the woods and toss several stakes out around the stand (each with a piece of flagging). Those will be the centers of your practice plots.  Working together, figure out which trees fall within the radius of your plot (for example, 16’ 7” feet for a 1/50 acre plot).  Some will be easy to tell, others will have to be measured from the plot center.  If on the line, count it as “in” only if the center of the tree is within the radius at breast height (which is why it is good to have a helper).  Let’s say you count 6 trees within your 1/50 acre plot.  What’s that mean? That represents a plot density of 300 tpa.  To find that, you multiply your plot count by the denominator of your plot size to get density (or 6 trees x 50 =300tpa).  Repeat on the other practice plots, or until you get the hang of it.

 

For bonus points, go back and measure the diameter of each of the “in” trees in the plot and record their diameter at breast height (dbh). If you figure the average and compare that to the illustration and description from the earlier post  you can learn how much competition those trees are contending with now, and how much room they have to grow in the future.

So that is the idea. Not that difficult, really.  Getting an accurate measure of a whole stand requires some rigor we will not go into here, but you’ll have to read more about that elsewhere.  But even a few plots can give you some important insight, so I’d encourage you to put in some plots, and start getting an eye for what you have.  It is easy to do when trees are small, before crown closure.  Yes, it can be hard work if your stand is brushy and full of blackberries.  You may want to do a little pruning and clearing in your plots to make it easier. But winter is a great time to do that sort of work.  Good luck.

 

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Oak Mistletoe and Wildlife Tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 2:36pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Oak mistletoe is a native plant and a parasite of our native Oregon white oak tree. While it can cause decline in heavily infested trees, mistletoe has an important role in oak ecosystems. Mistletoe can enrich wildlife habitat in oak savannas and woodlands to the benefit of the western bluebird and other species. Join Dr. Dave Shaw, OSU Extension forest health specialist to learn about the biology and management of mistletoe in the Willamette Valley and hear about recent research findings. Sponsored by OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension and William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. 

Cost: free

Registration is required. Registration will close by November 30th.  To register call Benton County Extension 541-766-6750, or email including your phone contact and number attending.

What to bring: Please come prepared for the weather of the day and being in the brush. Bring binoculars, a water bottle, snacks or other personal items you need

 

“Growing Your Operation’s Productivity and Profitability — From the Ground Up

Small Farms Events - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017 (all day event)
Make hotel reservations before Nov. 20 to receive the group rate: $89 + tax. Call the Holiday Inn direct at 541-284-0707 or use the reservation link on the OSGA web page: www.sheeporegon.com    Thursday – Nov. 30 OFGC & OSGA sponsored Forage & Sheep Tours. Details of tour sites and directions will be available soon. Check the OFGC web site: oregonforage.org 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Workshop Martin Dally of Super Sire Ltd. • Improving Reproductive Efficiency and Artificial Insemination 6:00 PM – Cayle Krebs Memorial Reception Welcome Reception & BBQ for All   Friday – Dec. 1 OFGC No-Host Breakfast & conversation Dr. Joe Snyder DVM (2 sessions) • Beyond Dewormers: Parasite Control in Grazing Animals • Vaccinology: Use and Misuse of Vaccines in Grazing Animals Amber Moore, OSU, Crop & Soil Science Extension • Soils to Maintain Forages John Williams, OSU Extension, Wallowa County • Wolves in Oregon, Facts, Issues and Research Rusty Burgett, Director, NSIP • NSIP in the Sheep Industry Walt Davis (by video conference) • Author and Rancher • How Not to go Broke Ranching Make hotel reservations before Nov. 20 to receive the group rate: $89 + tax. Call the Holiday Inn direct at 541-284-0707 or use the reservation link on the OSGA web page: www.sheeporegon.com Dave Pratt, Ranching for Profit • The 3 Secrets for Increasing Profit (3 hr workshop) Woody Lane, Lane Livestock Services • Technology Tips: A Sharing Session • Technology in Ranching. Bring your smartphone and your favorite apps. Cody Hiemke (by video conference) • Buying & Selling Lamb in Higher-End Markets: The Niman Ranch Lamb Program • Turning Mutton into Money: Innovative uses for Mutton Kathy Voth (pre-recorded video) • Livestock for Landscapes – Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds Special Bonus: 9am to 5:30pm Skills 101: Small group discussions for producers at all levels, led by industry experts. Drop in at any point & bring your questions! Topics: • Lambing Time Management • Pasture Layout & Design • Soil Health and Management • Grazing Management Note: Meet the Speakers – Following each talk, there will be an opportunity to meet the speaker for more questions. Friday Evening FUN – No Host Reception & Dinner, followed by Annual FUNdraising Auction   Saturday, Dec. 2 OSGA Industry Reports & Annual Meeting • Dave Williams, Wildlife Services • Dan Dawson, Douglas County Livestock Pilot Project on Trapping Surveillance • ASI Report – Reed Anderson • And More! OSGA Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon
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Nutrition and Cancer in Epidemiological Studies

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:39pm
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Yumie Takata, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Epidemiology, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Yumie is a nutritional epidemiologist whose research focuses on the etiological roles of nutritional factors in cancer and chronic disease.

She has extensive experience in conducting nutritional epidemiological studies including a wide range of diet and disease associations (e.g., soy and breast cancer; selenium and colorectal or esophageal cancer; calcium and lung cancer; and fish or meat and total mortality) in diverse populations. Currently, her research focuses on dairy and cancer and, in particular, she is investigating the association between calcium intake and lung cancer risk in a pooled data set of nearly two million participants from around the world.

Yumie joined the Nutrition Program in the School of Biological and Population Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015. She received an MS degree in Nutritional Sciences from University of Hawaii and a PhD degree in Nutritional Sciences from University of Washington, Seattle. She completed a postdoctoral training in nutritional epidemiology of cancer and chronic disease at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and currently collaborates with investigators from U.S., Europe and Asia.
 
The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

This seminar is also Co-sponsored with the Nutrition Program.

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate.

Art & Science!

We also encourage you to attend this Friday’s Music A La Carte: “OSU University Chorale directed by Sandra Babb” to enjoy a Friday with both Art & Science! This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969 and features a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists. The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 pm and lasting for approximately 45 minutes.

Living with Wood Sickness

Tree Topics - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:55pm

Brad Withrow-Robinson, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent for Benton, Linn and Polk Counties.

The wood sickness is an all-too-common condition that afflicts many in the family forest landowner community.  As described earlier, it is characterized by large accumulations of wood in a person’s yard, shed, garage or barn, excessive buildup of chain saws and other logging tools, portable mills, and all sorts of secondary wood working tools. You know it when you see it.

People with this affliction treat wood with the same passion as collectors of fine wine treat their vintages. Each likes to hide things away and store them cool dark places, often for years at a time.  Yet each is able to recite the source and a story of how they came to own each piece or bottle.  They are determined and very patient waiting for each to find its destiny.

Orson Wells made a series of wine commercials late in his career that captured that spirit when he would declare “We sell no wine before its time.” The parallel sentiment among wood hoarders might be “we use no board before it’s stored.”

An afflicted friend of mine (who will remain unnamed) is remodeling a house and recently put in a hardwood floor. He patiently converted stacks of stickered wood into milled floorboards.  Then, he gradually and laboriously laid them out one by one to create a gorgeous floor of Oregon white oak, bordered with black walnut.  As discussed before, there is no cure for the wood sickness, but it can be helped by therapy.  The therapy is difficult and sometimes painful.  His therapy reduced the amount of wood in his stockpile while producing pain in his knees and back, but was otherwise effective and productive.

There are many people like Jay who are coping and trying to come to grips with their obsession. You see them around town from time to time.  No more so than this time of year, when they commonly emerge from garages and workshops coated in therapeutic sawdust, to display and maybe sell the products of their therapy at art shops, Christmas Bazars and the Local Goods from the Woods fair.  They may be friends, family or even complete strangers, but please show them some holiday spirit.  Meet them half way.

I bet that turned fruit bowl would look terrific in your sister’s dining room.

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FEDERAL INCOME TAXES FOR WOODLAND OWNERS

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:40pm
Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This class is a must for anyone having recent forest income, or planning for future income from their forestland. Many landowners are unaware of the special provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that pertain to
forestland and income generated from their land. is session will help you improve the records you keep on your forestland as well as minimize the taxes that you
pay for income generated by your forest. e instructor for this session is Tammy Cushing, our Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy, and Starker Chair in Family and Private Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Tammy has gotten to know
the range of woodland owner situations in Oregon. Come
prepared with your questions to get some answers for your situation.

There is no fee, but registration is requested so we know you are coming. Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/Tax-BizOptWoodlandowner or call 503-655-8631 or email jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

Applications now being accepted for 2019-20 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships

Breaking Waves - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:39am

Oregon Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Applications are due February 23, 2018. In order to register for our new online application system, eSeaGrant, please email a brief declaration of interest to eseagrant@oregonstate.edu by February 9, 2018.

Melissa Errend stands on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Errend was a 2016-17 Knauss Fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. (Photo by Dylan McDowell)

The Knauss Fellowship Program provides a unique education experience to graduate students by matching fellows with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations and institutions located in the Washington, D.C., area for one year.

Oregon Sea Grant will host a brief, informational webinar about our NOAA and Sea Grant Winter Graduate Fellowship Opportunities on Friday, January 5, 2018, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register here.

Learn more about Oregon Sea Grant’s fellowship opportunities.

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Applications now being accepted for 2019-20 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships

Sea Grant - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:39am

Oregon Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Applications are due February 23, 2018. In order to register for our new online application system, eSeaGrant, please email a brief declaration of interest to eseagrant@oregonstate.edu by February 9, 2018.

Melissa Errend stands on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Errend was a 2016-17 Knauss Fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. (Photo by Dylan McDowell)

The Knauss Fellowship Program provides a unique education experience to graduate students by matching fellows with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations and institutions located in the Washington, D.C., area for one year.

Oregon Sea Grant will host a brief, informational webinar about our NOAA and Sea Grant Winter Graduate Fellowship Opportunities on Friday, January 5, 2018, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register here.

Learn more about Oregon Sea Grant’s fellowship opportunities.

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Farmer Workshop

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is partnering up with OSU Extension's Clare Sullivan to put on an amazing workshop at Seed to Table Farm in Sisters next Tuesday Nov 14th from 3-5 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn how OSU Extension can benefit your farm through programs and research. 
We will have discussions on soil fertility and best management practices of season extendersand invite all of you to share knowledge of getting the most out of season extenders. We'll also tour several different styles of high tunnels and have information on how to get funding for them (that's the big question isn't it?)! 
Tom Bennett from NRCS will be there to answer any questions about the High Tunnel Initiative, which is a fabulous grant opportunity that could help you get a High Tunnel on your farm. We will also discuss another funding opportunity through HDFFA. 
We're happy to announce that we've made this exciting professional development opportunity FREE and open to everyone (so invite your farmer friends and farm crew/interns). We'll also be providing light refreshments. PLEASE RSVP by calling (542) 390-3572 or emailing shaili@hdffa.org  

Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshops with OSU Linn County Extension

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee boxes, tubes and cocoons. Didn't get any Mason Bees this year? Feel free to come anyways and you can help process cocoons from some of the "super sites". These classes are taught by pollinator extraordinaires within our Linn County Master Gardener group.

Sign-up here

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Monday, November 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet of exhibits.  Classes and CORE training, goods and services for the agriculture industry 3 Big Days, 4 BIG Buildings FULL of displays.

Free Admission for Agriculture students (pre arrangements requirement)

Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet of exhibits.  Classes and CORE training, goods and services for the agriculture industry 3 Big Days, 4 BIG Buildings FULL of displays.

Free Admission for Agriculture students (pre arrangements requirement)

Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo

Gardening Events - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet of exhibits.  Classes and CORE training, goods and services for the agriculture industry 3 Big Days, 4 BIG Buildings FULL of displays.

Free Admission for Agriculture students (pre arrangements requirement)