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Postcard from Scandinavia– Parting shots

Tree Topics - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:02pm

Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension

 

Our final days of the tour included meetings with the local landowners’ cooperative in Telemark County and visits to two specialty sawmills.

The Tinnoset sawmill specializes in shaping large logs for traditional style log homes. Most are sold to builders, but they do some custom building on site too.

Nearly completed home on site. Harald explaining the building process.

 


Getting a closer look at construction details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Svenneby family sawmill has been working with leading architects and looking for less traditional uses of wood, including many exotic (USA) species. We lucked into a presentation by nationally acclaimed architect Einar Jarmund who talked about the expanding role and popularity of wood in both commercial and residential buildings in Norway and showed a number of projects done by his firm  ( http://www.jva.no/ ) using materials developed and delivered by the Svenneby mill.

 

Turid Svenneby discusses weathering of oiled oak siding with tour member Claude Rowley. The Svenneby mill and farm is yet another example of a multi generation, multi-enterprise business. Next to Kirk (ID) are Thorvald, Turid and Ole Svenneby.

 

 

 

 

We could not help but noticing how common and prominently wood was being used in Norway, and particularly as architectural and visual elements around Oslo.  Why does wood seem less used, less celebrated here?

 

A building on the Oslo waterfront area sided with wood prepared by the Svenneby mill. Another, renovated building on the waterfront.

 

 

 

Large wood laminated structural elements visible in the airport.

 

Smaller wood furnishing and finish elements abound in the airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Case study–a qualitative inquiry.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:07pm

It has been almost a month since I last blogged. When I last blogged, I talked about evaluation history. That blog was a bunny path from what I had been talking about: methodology. I was talking about the implementation, monitoring, and delivery of interventions which are to be evaluated. Another methodology I want to talk about is case study. I did go through the archives to locate the blogs relating to case study. They are below.

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/programevaluation/2015/01/15/blogging-case-study/

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/programevaluation/2010/04/13/other-ways-to-gather-information-the-case-study/

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/programevaluation/2013/06/12/causation/

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/programevaluation/2013/06/07/one-of-the-5cs-clarity/

I’ve also identified the references (on my shelf) that refer to case study. I’m sure there are others; there always are. They are the following.

Robert O. Brinkerhoff has developed a method, the Success Case Method , as an evaluation approach that “easier, faster, and cheaper than competing approaches, and produces compelling evidence decision-makers can actually use.”  As an evaluation approach, this method is quick and inexpensive and most of all, produces useful results.

Robert E. Stake has taken case study beyond one to many with his recent book, Multiple Case Study Analysis.  It looks at cross-case analysis and can be used when broadly occurring phenomena need to be explored, such as leadership or management. He also wrote the book, “The Art of Case Study” (among others).

Robert K. Yin wrote two seminal books on case studies, one in 1993 (now in a 3rd edition , 1993 was the 1st edition) and the other in 1989 (now in the 5th edition , 1989 was the 1st edition).

Another  book I have on my shelf is “Case Study Method” edited by Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, and Peter Foster. Nigel Fielding at the University of Surrey says, “This book collects together key sources on a “hardy perennial” topic, guaranteeing its relevance for academics, researchers, and students on higher level methods programmes. Well-known authorities in the field are represented by carefully constructed contributions.” Both Stake and Yin are cited in this work. It is a relatively new book (2000) as opposed to updated versions of classics.

Start with Yin; move on to Stake; include Gomm, Hammersley, and Foster as well as Brinkerhoff in your review. Case study methodology yields qualitative data; it is a form of qualitative research. It will yield richness and depth. Although valuable, it is a lot of work.

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Why are my trees dying?

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM

The sudden appearance of dead branches, dead tops, and dead trees can be alarming.  In southwestern Oregon, these symptoms are unusually dramatic and widespread this year, especially in Douglas‐fir. They result from the interaction of water stress, insects, and disease following several years of drought. This field tour will address causes, diagnosis, and treatment options for stressed trees and forests in our area, with a focus on Douglas‐fir.

This is a repeat of the previously advertised tour on June 14 that has filled up.  We are offering another tour to accommodate the high interest in this topic. 

There is no cost, but registration is required.

Herbicide Best Practices for OR Forest Management

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen in to this four-part series of Web TV events as senior foresters share how their best practices for herbicide application have been developed over the years, how they've adapted to new regulations, and how a forester's current practice can (and should) proactively exceed legislative requirements.

Along with the foresters, subject matter experts from industry and university discuss the science behind controlling a broad range of weeds, and how to control them without impacting sensitive environments.

Original in-cockpit helicopter video footage shows the latest application techniques and demonstrates GPS technologies for precision guidance and self-archiving event reporting.

Regulators, legislators, and public interest groups join the discussion with new ideas for maintaining healthy, productive forests, while also maintaining great relationships with neighbors and the Oregon public.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

This course if for you if you will be:

...working with or regulating herbicide application

...called upon to explain to a friend or acquaintance: 

  • Why herbicide is applied to forests
  • How it's done
  • The care and attention to safety that is effectively delivered by foresters, application contractors, and regulators.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: This is all new material. Oregon Department of Agriculture is currently evaluating course materials to determine eligibility for continuing education credits.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Pre-registration is required. http://ow.ly/9yP4300MrcC

 

Managing Western Juniper

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Spend an afternoon with John Dehler and his family, as well as local Forestry, Range, and Wildlife experts at the Dehler Ranch. Bring your curiousity and your questions!
This FREE field tour will cover the following topics:
• A history of the Dehler Ranch.
• Why manage Juniper?
• Juniper removal silviculture, machinery and methods.
• Enhancing wildlife habitat in juniper woodlands.

Challenges and opportunities in the disposal and marketing of juniper logs and biomass.
Please dress for spending an afternoon outdoors, including sturdy footwear for walking on uneven terrain.

For more information, http://ow.ly/24jq300qhZl

Please RSVP!

Youth Tractor Safety & Certification Course

Small Farms Events - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:37pm
Monday, June 13, 2016 8:30 AM - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4:30 PM
Youth Tractor Safety & Certification Course

Cost:$75/participant (non-refundable), which includes Safe Operation of Agricultural Equipment Manual, lunch on Friday, and snacks Wednesday and Thursday.


 Pre-Registration is required by June 1, 2016.
 Students must be 14 by June 15, 2016. 4-H / FFA membership not required.
 Classes held at North Willamette Research Extension Center (NWREC), 15210 NE Miley
Road, Aurora, OR. NWREC is located 1 mile east of I-5 (exits 282 or 282B).
 Participants must attend all sessions to receive certification.

Complete course information and registration information

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Western Regional Extension Forestry

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:09am
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Thursday, July 28, 2016 (all day event)

What is this meeting and how will it benefit me?

This meeting offers members of the Western Regional Extension Forestry Group and other extension educators from the West the chance to meet each other, share information, learn about projects occurring in neighboring states, and make plans to collaborate on future projects. It can be a needed respite to reinvigorate you and your team. You also will see some interesting and beautiful country. 

What will happen?

This meeting is still taking shape, but we are planning on getting together for 2+ days (tentatively July 26-28) in the Park City area. It will include a session on working with the Fire Science Exchange Network on fire education and time to present your ideas for joint projects (fire-related and otherwise). You will have the opportunity to sit down with interested colleagues and plan projects, and participate in a field tour.

Do I have to decide now?

We need strong attendance by all sorts of extension foresters for this meeting to work. We will keep the cost reasonable, and in many states the Extension Director may provide some financial support to help staff attend. If you need more information on the Western Extension Forestry group, how to become a member, and who your state's official representative is go to http://www.nimss.org/projects/view/mrp/outline/16376. Then to help us plan please fill out this 2 question survey. You won't be held to your answers, but it will help. 

SURVEY

Why are my trees dying?

Forestry Events - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

The sudden appearance of dead branches, dead tops, and dead trees can be alarming.  In southwestern Oregon, these symptoms are unusually dramatic and widespread this year, especially in Douglas‐fir. They result from the interaction of water stress, insects, and disease following several years of drought. This field tour will address causes, diagnosis, and treatment options for stressed trees and forests in our area, with a focus on Douglas‐fir.

Pre-registration required!

Forestry Tour to Sweden & Norway

Forestry Events - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:35pm
Friday, May 27, 2016 12:00 PM - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 PM

The Oregon Woodland Cooperative (OWC), Washington Co. Small Woodlands Association (WCSWA) and Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension (OSU) have organized a tour to Scandinavia especially for small woodland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. We will meet private woodland owners and tour their tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, and visit forestry companies, sawmills, equipment manufacturers, and forestry museums. In addition, tour participants will see and experience outstanding natural beauty in the farms, forests, mountains and fjords of Sweden and Norway, and enjoy the cultural highlights of the towns and cities along the way. Includes special group-rate international airfare. Travel will be by private motor coach and accommodation in first-class hotels.

For more information, click HERE

A Postcard from Norway

Tree Topics - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:35am

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

In the fjord regions of Norway, both forestry and farming are limited to the area between the rock and the water.   The bottom of the valley is farmed, and the narrow toes of the valley walls are forested. Many communities were not connected by roads until the 1920s.  It is beautiful country, but it strikes me as a beautiful place to starve. It is not hard to see why so many people left for America in the late 19th Century.  Those who stayed looked for alternative sources of income to supplement farm incomes/earnings.

Looking up valley and seeing patches of spruce and pine on lower slopes of valley wall.

 

Local County Forester Rune K. discussing management of Spruce in the Valley.

 

Many of the family farm and forest owners in the Andalsness area of Romdal Conty are now “farming tourists” to one degree or another. Farmers in the Innfjorden valley now run a cooperative of about 60 rental cabins in their traditional summer pasture areas near the head of the valley. They are popular destinations in summer and winter for fishing, hiking and skiing.  The vacationers are not limited to the cooperatives land holding, since Scandinavian tradition and law allows open access for such activities across all lands.

Jacob Hagen explains the conversion of the traditional common summer grazing areas to cooperative recreation rentals. Traditional rustic cabins like this are mixed in with newer rustic cabins.

 

 

 

It is not an easy or lucrative place to grow and especially harvest and sell logs.

 

Watching a gravity (down hill) logging operation near Byrkjelo Norway A turn of small spruce logs arriving at the landing

 

 

County Forester Torkel (wearing Sgakit logging tower T-shirt) talks harvesting equipment with Columbia county landowner/logger KC Van Natta.

 

Wish you were here.

 

Brad

 

 

 

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Oregon Master Naturalist Program

Forestry Events - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 2:38pm
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:00 PM - Sunday, June 12, 2016 12:00 PM
For information on 2016 course schedule in the Klamath Basin, http://oregonmasternaturalist.org/eastcascades

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:38pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

This is your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland. Volunteers help with all the essential seasonal tasks of managing a working Demonstration Forest. Learning by doing – it’s the Hopkins way we manage our forest.

June 11: Finish the gravel trails in the Native Plant Garden. Mow grass and control brush on roads and trails. Prepare buildings for re-staining.

Registration is requested. A delicious hot lunch will be provided. Please call Jean at 503-655-8631 or jean. bremer@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu 

Honors College Commencement Reception

Environment Events - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:38pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Join us as we honor the HC class and faculty of 2015-2016.

Light food and refreshments will be served.

 Please RSVP by June 3, 2016 at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/reception-rsvp

2016 OSU Commencement Ceremony

Environment Events - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:38pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:30 AM
2016 Ceremony Information
  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Time: 10:30a.m. (when graduates process into Reser Stadium)
  • Gates Open at 9:00a.m.
  • Location: Reser Stadium, Oregon State University
  • Rain or Shine Event
  • Tickets are NOT required

http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement

Oregon Small Woodlands Annual Conference

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:38pm
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Saturday, June 11, 2016 (all day event)
Oregon Small Woodlands Association Annual Meeting is set for June 9, 10, and 11 in Baker City. The theme is “Sustaining Family Forests - Celebrating 75 Years”.

OSWA will be jointly celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) with the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS).

Highlights will include a Dealing with Fire woods tour Thursday afternoon, June 9; a full day of educational programs specifically designed for family forest owners, an Awards Banquet, and Silent Auction on June 10; and the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year woods tour in the morning of June 11.

For complete information on registration visit http://www.oswa.org/  or
http://www.oswa.org/images/docs/annual-meet/2016AnnualMeetingBro_FINAL.compressed.pdf

CBEE Graduation Celebration

Environment Events - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, June 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Please RSVP with the main office using the contact information listed below.

CPHHS Hooding Ceremony

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, June 10, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The hooding ceremony honors CPHHS graduate students, from all programs, who completed their master’s level or PhD degrees during academic year 2015-2016, which includes Fall 2015 through Summer 2016.

Dr. Mike Bonetto will be the guest speaker at this year's hooding ceremony. Mike received a Ph.D. in health policy and an MPH from Oregon State University and has a unique portfolio of nearly 20 years of health care strategic planning and policy experience. He is currently the founder and president of Nexus Health Strategies. He was previously the Chief of Staff and Senior Health Policy Advisor in the Oregon Governor's Office – where he helped lead the transformation of the state’s Medicaid program.

RSVP Here by Monday, May 2, 2016

It is optional for students participating in the ceremony to wear the graduation regalia-cap, gown and hood. For those who choose to wear the regalia, the program adviser will "hood" them during the ceremony. Those choosing not to wear the regalia will be honored in the same way as those who wear the regalia, but they will not be hooded.

Hooding regalia is available to purchase (but NOT for rent) at the OSU Bookstore.

A reception hosted by our college will be held in the Women's Building on the same afternoon TBD. You and your family are cordially invited to attend both events.

Postcard from Scandinavia– Parting shots from Sweden

Tree Topics - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:35am

Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural resources Extension.

 

One of our visits was to a cooperative forest jointly owned by about a dozen families from Bengtshedens village. The Mellanskog landowner cooperative also has a significant share of ownership.

We were greeted on arrival by two of the family owners with coffee and cinnamon rolls before touring the forest.

 

Mellanskog Forester Lars Eric explaining management practices such as regeneration, thinning and fertilization in a 100-year-old stand of Scotts pine.

 

 

 

We visited the Log Max factory in Grangarde, innovative producers of logging processing heads. Our group observing Log Max and Eco Log equipment in their native habitat of central Sweden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regeneration of pine with seed tree cuts is common in Sweden and Norway.

 

 

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Lavender Graduation

Environment Events - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:41pm
Thursday, June 9, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/osulavgrad

Herbicide Best Practices for OR Forest Management

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 2:41pm
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen in to this four-part series of Web TV events as senior foresters share how their best practices for herbicide application have been developed over the years, how they've adapted to new regulations, and how a forester's current practice can (and should) proactively exceed legislative requirements.

Along with the foresters, subject matter experts from industry and university discuss the science behind controlling a broad range of weeds, and how to control them without impacting sensitive environments.

Original in-cockpit helicopter video footage shows the latest application techniques and demonstrates GPS technologies for precision guidance and self-archiving event reporting.

Regulators, legislators, and public interest groups join the discussion with new ideas for maintaining healthy, productive forests, while also maintaining great relationships with neighbors and the Oregon public.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

This course if for you if you will be:

...working with or regulating herbicide application

...called upon to explain to a friend or acquaintance: 

  • Why herbicide is applied to forests
  • How it's done
  • The care and attention to safety that is effectively delivered by foresters, application contractors, and regulators.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: This is all new material. Oregon Department of Agriculture is currently evaluating course materials to determine eligibility for continuing education credits.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Pre-registration is required. http://ow.ly/9yP4300MrcC