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BENEFICIAL INSECTS ON THE FARM $20

Small Farms Events - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:41pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This class covers the basics of increasing agricultural biodiversity and how to increase it.  Topics include beneficial insects, their relationships to crop pests in both vegetable and orchard systems, information on habitat and practices northwest farmers use to keep them (and native pollinators) on the farm. Farm tour if weather permits; dress for the weather. Bring a hand lens and/or insect net if you like. 
Instructor: Gwendolyn Ellen, OSU Extension, FARM SCAPING FOR BENEFICIALS.  Integrated Plant Protection Center "IPPC", Oregon State University, Corvallis.

On line registration is closed. Please pay at the door.

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Twilight Tour

Forestry Events - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:09pm
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for an informal tour and discussion of several thinning projects accomplished over the years at the Keasey Tree Farm. We will plan to visit three stands: one thinned in 2014 with a mechanized processor; one thinned with the same equipment 10 years ago; and a 60-yr-old stand which has been selectively cut. Dennis Nelson, the tour host, Master Woodland Manager and CCSWA board member will lead the tour. No RSVP needed.

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:09pm
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:34pm
Monday, June 22, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

OSWA 2015 Annual Meeting

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 2:33pm
Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:30 AM - Saturday, June 20, 2015 5:00 PM

You are invited to OSWA’s 55th Annual Meeting which includes Day at the Capitol, Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Woods Tour, Silent Auction and Awards Banquet,  and the Oregon Forest Fair, Thursday through Saturday, June 18th, 19th, and 20th. Hosted by OSWA’s Marion-Polk County Chapter, this year’s meeting and events will be held in Salem.  Thursday’s Day at the Capitol will be at the State Capitol, Friday’s 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year woods tour will be on Linda Butt’s McCully Mountain Tree Farm, LLC near Lyons, Friday’s Silent Auction Social and Awards Banquet will be at the Red Lion Hotel on Market Street in Salem, and Saturday’s Oregon Forest Fair will be at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

For more information, click HERE

OR Master Naturalist Program

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 2:33pm
Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Oregon Coast Ecoregion course will present a diverse series of classes, covering the major ecosystems present on the Oregon Coast, from ocean and beaches to nearshore and intertidal to forests, rivers and estuaries. Once completed, this course will enable you to provide well-informed volunteer service to a variety of coastal groups and agencies.

For more information, click HERE

2015 OSWA Oregon Forest Fair

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 2:33pm
Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Many Oregonians care deeply about the environment in the abstract, but lack knowledge about local ecosystems. Forest landowners have been quietly working in the background, on their properties, yet have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to add to our state’s treasure. As public support for local agriculture increases it is surprising how little public awareness there is that forests, too, are a traditional and important part of the working landscape and how beneficial it is to local communities. OSWA would like to improve this knowledge with the Oregon Forest Fair.

For information, check out the flyer or visit the OSWA website at www.oswa.org

Oregon Small Woodland Association Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Tour

Forestry Events - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:33pm
Friday, June 19, 2015 12:00 PM
Agenda and directions in the registration packet online pg 4-5.
The registration deadline is past but you are still welcome to come,  please register so they can have an accurate head count for lunch.

Bailey Butte Fire Tour

Forestry Events - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:33pm
Friday, June 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a day of shared learning and interaction among Collaborative members, interested stakeholders, and the scientific community regarding the following forest and fire topics:

-Historic and modern trends of wildfire on the forest
-Fire effects on vegetation, soil, wildlife, water, unique ecosystem types and other important and relevant resources.
-Effect of fuel treatments and restoration on fire behavior.
-Understanding post-fire restoration work

Bring a lunch, proper clothing and shoes for a day in the woods. We will provide transportation from the ONF office and water.

Please RSVP by 5pm, May 29th, space is limited: nicole.strong@oregonstate.edu or 541-548-6088 x 7955

Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Forestry Events - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:33pm
Friday, June 19, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in the natural resources field. In today's complicated world, each of us has a responsibility to share in leadership. As a part of the NRLA, you will learn about the dimensions of leadership that help to resolve issues. Together we'll evaluate the skills that each of us bring to the table and learn ways to relate to working teams. Leadership is both a science and an art that can be developed by learning and through practice.  In your NRLA course(s), you'll learn to identify leadership concepts and watch how they play out during the various aspects of your course and field trips. As a result, when you get back home, you'll have the value added benefit of knowing that both your knowledge about natural resource topics and your "toolbox" to manage those issues have been greatly enhanced.

For more information, or to register, see the NRLA Website.

Malouf Scholarship: Applicants sought

Breaking Waves - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:25am

Oregon Sea Grant is soliciting applications for the 2015-2016 Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship, awarded to support  graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, July 20. 2015.

Applicants must be graduate students at any college or university in Oregon, working toward a degree in a field compatible with Oregon Sea Grant’s mandate and areas of interest. Disciplines may include, but are not limited to biological, geological, physical and chemical sciences; marine resource management and policy; marine resource economics; social sciences; engineering; geology; education or public health.

The scholarship’s purpose is to provide a significant contribution to students seeking advanced degrees and to contribute to building the nation’s future capacity in the marine sciences. Oregon Sea Grant plans to award two Malouf Scholarships in 2015: one to a Master’s student and one to a Ph.D. student. If funding permits, more than two scholarships may be granted.

The scholarship is named for Dr. Robert E. Malouf, Oregon Sea Grant director from 1991-2008.

For full details and to apply, visit the Oregon Sea Grant Website.

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Malouf Scholarship: Applicants sought

Sea Grant - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:25am

Oregon Sea Grant is soliciting applications for the 2015-2016 Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship, awarded to support  graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, July 20. 2015.

Applicants must be graduate students at any college or university in Oregon, working toward a degree in a field compatible with Oregon Sea Grant’s mandate and areas of interest. Disciplines may include, but are not limited to biological, geological, physical and chemical sciences; marine resource management and policy; marine resource economics; social sciences; engineering; geology; education or public health.

The scholarship’s purpose is to provide a significant contribution to students seeking advanced degrees and to contribute to building the nation’s future capacity in the marine sciences. Oregon Sea Grant plans to award two Malouf Scholarships in 2015: one to a Master’s student and one to a Ph.D. student. If funding permits, more than two scholarships may be granted.

The scholarship is named for Dr. Robert E. Malouf, Oregon Sea Grant director from 1991-2008.

For full details and to apply, visit the Oregon Sea Grant Website.

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Forest Health in the Blue Mountains

Forestry Events - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:34pm
Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Creating and maintaining healthy and resilient forests are important goals for family forestland owners.  This one day workshop will look at important forest disease and insect problems in the Blue Mountains and how woodland owners can manage their property to minimize the risk of reduced growth or tree mortality.  The class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will meet at the Wallowa Wayside, in the Wallowa River canyon next to the Wallowa River, Highway 82, 2.5 miles towards Wallowa from Minam (between Elgin and Wallowa).

Please bring your own lunch and boots and be prepared for inclement weather.  Please RSVP for the workshop by calling the OSU Union County Extension Service at 541-963-1010 or the OSU Baker County Extension Service at 541-523-6418.

Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Forestry Events - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:34pm
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in the natural resources field. In today's complicated world, each of us has a responsibility to share in leadership. As a part of the NRLA, you will learn about the dimensions of leadership that help to resolve issues. Together we'll evaluate the skills that each of us bring to the table and learn ways to relate to working teams. Leadership is both a science and an art that can be developed by learning and through practice.  In your NRLA course(s), you'll learn to identify leadership concepts and watch how they play out during the various aspects of your course and field trips. As a result, when you get back home, you'll have the value added benefit of knowing that both your knowledge about natural resource topics and your "toolbox" to manage those issues have been greatly enhanced.

For more information, or to register, see the NRLA Website.

Mobile Technologies

Forestry Events - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:34pm
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Navigating the mobile technology landscape can pose challenges
due to a constant barrage of new devices, ever changing
mobile operating systems and applications and data and device
management costs. This workshop will help you make the right
decisions on the best combination of devices, software and apps
for your forestry operations.

Check out the brochure HERE

Farm Walk: Farmscaping for Predators, Parasitic Wasps, and Native Bees on Christmas Tree Farms

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For more information, click HERE

Registration is required!

Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Forestry Events - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in the natural resources field. In today's complicated world, each of us has a responsibility to share in leadership. As a part of the NRLA, you will learn about the dimensions of leadership that help to resolve issues. Together we'll evaluate the skills that each of us bring to the table and learn ways to relate to working teams. Leadership is both a science and an art that can be developed by learning and through practice.  In your NRLA course(s), you'll learn to identify leadership concepts and watch how they play out during the various aspects of your course and field trips. As a result, when you get back home, you'll have the value added benefit of knowing that both your knowledge about natural resource topics and your "toolbox" to manage those issues have been greatly enhanced.

For more information, or to register, see the NRLA Website.

Farmscaping for Predators, Parasitic Wasps, and Native Bees on Christmas Tree Farms

Small Farms Events - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We will be meeting at Green Valley Farm to learn about beneficial insects and native pollinators and the plants, landscapes and farming practices that support them in Oregon Christmas Tree Farms.  Your farm likely already has currently existing plants and locations that can be further exploited to provide resources beneficial insects need to remain on the farm.  Come learn about these beneficials that can aid in pest management.  The Farmscaping for Beneficials Project of the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) at Oregon State University (OSU), and the farmers at Green Valley Farm encourage all interested growers, extension personnel, consultants and conservationists to take a break with us for a period of discovery with native bees, predators and parasitic wasps Wednesday, June 17th from 10:00 to 1:00

You will learn:

what plants and practices support beneficial insects and native pollinators

how these practices might be integrated into Christmas Tree production systems

field identification, and biology of beneficial insects and native bees

state-of-the-art integrated production practices used at Green Valley Farm

 Green Valley Farm is a second-generation family farm located in the western foothills of the Oregon Cascade Mountains.

They currently have approximately 300 acres, that include Christmas trees, hay, and timber.  Noble fir, Nordman fir, Grand fir, and Scotch pine in 3 different grades are wholesaled to retail lot operators.  Having operated a retail lot in Texas 20 years ago, they have a keen understanding of the value of customer service, the intrinsic value of fresh trees and sustainable practices.  The farm is surrounded by diverse habitat and they have established grass cover in the trees.

Using Green Valley Far as our classroom we will discuss designing and enhancing on-farm habitat in and around the Christmas tree fields.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to work with an innovative, veteran grower and bugscapers as we begin to understand and observe how the complex web of on-farm biodiversity and crop production interact right before our eyes!

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Trends in Tree Diagnostics

Forestry Events - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:34pm
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The theme of this year’s short course is “Trends in Tree Diagnostics.  Join us as we explore the latest trends, tools, and techniques in tree problem diagnostics. Registration begins at 8:00 am, and the course runs 8:30—3:30 with lunch provided.

Continuing Education Units: 5 CEUs for ISA Certified Arborists and Landscape Contractors have been requested.

Cost: Before May 15 ‐ $75 regular, $40 student; Add $10 each after May 15.  Lunch is included.

To register, click HERE

Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Forestry Events - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:34pm
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in the natural resources field. In today's complicated world, each of us has a responsibility to share in leadership. As a part of the NRLA, you will learn about the dimensions of leadership that help to resolve issues. Together we'll evaluate the skills that each of us bring to the table and learn ways to relate to working teams. Leadership is both a science and an art that can be developed by learning and through practice.  In your NRLA course(s), you'll learn to identify leadership concepts and watch how they play out during the various aspects of your course and field trips. As a result, when you get back home, you'll have the value added benefit of knowing that both your knowledge about natural resource topics and your "toolbox" to manage those issues have been greatly enhanced.

For more information, or to register, see the NRLA Website.