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CLAY SUPPORT GROUP

Small Farms Events - 15 min 12 sec ago
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PLEASE PRE PAY AND REGISTER ONLINE AT:http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
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EcoFarm Conference

Small Farms Events - 15 min 12 sec ago
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Saturday, January 28, 2017 (all day event)
The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presents the 37th annual EcoFarm Conference January 25 - 28, 2017 in Pacific Grove, CA. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators - featuring over 70 workshops, keynote speakers, discussion groups, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and delicious organic meals. To learn more and to register, visit www.eco-farm.org/conference.
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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Gardening Events - 15 min 14 sec ago
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from the best! Classes will be held rain or shine, so dress weather appropriate. There will be an opportunity for a hands-on activity after the workshops, so bring your gloves and pruners. Please register for one of the following classes.To register by phone call 541-967-3871. You may register online at http://tinyurl.com/jj57qsv, or drop by the Benton or Linn County OSU Extension Service office 

4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis (Benton)
33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent (Linn)

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 15 min 14 sec ago
Monday, January 2, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 15 min 14 sec ago
Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Online Master Gardener Course Begins

Gardening Events - 15 min 14 sec ago
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 PM
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  Register now to secure your spot.  Space is limited.  Visit OSU Professional and Continuing Education for more information.

Jackson/Josephine Small Woodlands Association

Forestry Events - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm check in and social time, 6:00 Dinner, 6:30 Program

Where: OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point, OR

Who: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (non-Small Woodlands Association members are welcome!)

Speaker: Jeff LaLande, Archeologist, US Forest Service (retired). Jeff was an archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest for over thirty years as well as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University for twenty years. The author of numerous articles and several books, he enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of Northwest history topics and is an active board member of several statewide and community organizations. Jeff has studied and written extensively on topics related to the use and management of southern Oregon’s forests. His presentation is titled “A Brief History of the Timber Industry and Forest Management in Southern Oregon.”

This is a dinner meeting and preregistration and payment are required. Please stay tuned for a registration form and details!

SEE FLYER FOR REGISTRATION FORM:

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/jackson_josephine_small_woodlands_association.pdf

 

 

Starker Lecture Series

Forestry Events - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See website for details  

 

Dates:  

Thurs., January 19, Film. "Pedal Driven" at the Whiteside

Wed. Feb. 15. Dr. Nina Roberts, "The Big Picture"

Wed. Mar. 8. John Allen, "Managing Impacts of Recreation"

Wed. Apr. 12. Paul Jakus, "Economics"

Wed. May 17 Capstone Tour. "Local Perspectives"

Master Woodland Manager Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Do you want to make sure your forest is resilient to fire, pests or diseases?  Are you interested in how your land can better suit wildlife, timber production, or recreation? Would you like to make sure your roads are well-built, and know that you filed your taxes correctly? The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) program shows you how to “read” your woodland by understanding local ecological factors as well as how to conduct assessments to determine where your woodland is heading as it grows and matures. You will learn how various management activities can help you meet your long term vision for the property.   This is the flagship course of the OSU Extension Forestry program.  MWM volunteers represent a 20 year legacy, and include a wide array of people and woodlands throughout Oregon. Whether you own 5 or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you gain skills for tending your woodland and provide opportunities to share your passion for stewardship.  View the Master Woodland Manager application/registration brochure.

Morals, Ethics, & Regulatory Compliance

Environment Events - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:37pm
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Engineers operate in a framework of regulatory compliance in virtually every aspect of their professional activities.  Learning to foresee and understand the potential conflicts between the behavioral requirements of Morals, Ethics and Regulatory Compliance is important to a successful engineering career.  This session will outline the meaning – and confusion – of morals and ethics.   Attendees will be challenged by interactive business case studies, presenting their views and putting the information to practical use. 

John Miller currently serves as Senior VP of Human Resources and Government Relations as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for Macpherson Energy Corporation—an integrated energy provider delivering oil, gas, and renewable energy.  Over the course of his career, Miller has engaged in consulting and held executive roles at numerous companies across the energy industry, including: Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Senior VP of Project Development at the Calpine Corporation, President of the Power Resources Division for Thermo EcoTek, as well as President & CEO at Pacific Generation Company…just to name a few.  He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, and earned an MBA from the University of Portland.

 

This event is for Leadership Academy Members only. Not a member?  Submit your application today!

(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing are eligible to apply) 

Rural Living Basics

Small Farms Events - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:37pm
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

This class is designed for rural residents to learn the basics of groundwater, water wells, and septic systems. Learn steps to protect the health of your family, neighbors, animals, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources.

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Succession Planning Workshop Series

Forestry Events - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. See flyer for additional details.

First Session:
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 9am-Noon
Location: Western Oregon University, Werner University Center, Pacific Room, 345 N Monmouth Ave, Monmouth, OR
Tamara Cushing, from OSU Ties to the Land, will present a primer on successional planning, including communication and the emotional aspects of transitioning your land amongst family or other land manager, the very first things to consider in Family Successional Planning.

Cost: $50 per family (up to 5 people) includes Planning Workbook and food

Fire and Ice

Terra - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:51pm

Story and photos by Kimberly Kenny

The ship glides through the frigid stillness of the Arctic Ocean. On this September night, the Chukchi Sea off the northwest Alaska coast is a quiet, snow-globe world. A maze of ice sculptures screeches along the hull. Radio chatter mixes with banter between scientists and the gurgle of brewing coffee.

Laurie Juranek worriedly taps her long fingers on her thermos. Sea ice threatens her carefully laid plan to sample water from pre-determined spots. The map in front of her shows large swaths of ice directly over the ocean patches where she’d like to deploy equipment.

Sometimes, when the ship encounters ice, she stands on the bridge in fascination, visibly calmed, occasionally taking photos.

But tonight is not the time to be meditative; tough decisions must be made. Where should Juranek direct the ship? Which science should be prioritized? The cost to operate this vessel is about $50,000 per day. Teams from Oregon State, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the University of Alaska Fairbanks all need time to collect data.

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Should the ship steam southwest and retrace a path that might yield promising results? Or should Juranek take a longer path and transit east around the ice field?

Juranek is a chemical oceanographer at Oregon State University and the chief scientist on a 28-day expedition aboard the research vessel Sikuliaq (“young sea ice” in the native Iñupiaq language). She is soft-spoken, humble, deliberate. She is also tough. Her early sea-going days were spent as the only female researcher on Ukrainian cargo carriers. Her faith in persistent work propelled her through a Ph.D. at the University of Washington and research trips in the South Pacific, the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic.

Laurie Juranek served as chief scientist on the Sikuliaq research cruise.

Getting access to the Arctic at this time of year proved to be a tricky and lengthy process for Juranek’s team. The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission had misgivings about allowing a research vessel in the area at a time when bowhead whales are known to be migrating. After much negotiation, the cruise was allowed to proceed, as long as it remained at least 30 miles offshore and a community observer was present onboard.

Hot Zone for Climate Change

If you want to see the effects of climate change right now, look no further than the Arctic. It is being transformed by the unprecedented retreat of the ice. What was normal for this region decades ago is no longer guaranteed or even predictable. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic sea ice is declining at an increasing rate in all months of the year. In September alone, when sea-ice coverage normally reaches its annual minimum, NASA satellites indicate a decline of about 13 percent per decade.

This trend matters for many reasons. Sea ice acts as a reflective blanket on top of the ocean. Without it, water absorbs more sunlight and warms more quickly. Average air temperatures in the Arctic have increased twice as fast as the global average. Warmer seasons stretch longer; animal species adjust their behavior; indigenous communities that have thrived for thousands of years struggle to adapt; and scientists scramble to keep up.

These might seem like distant dramas, but what happens in the Arctic affects the rest of the world. This ocean is in constant motion. When ice forms here, cold, salty water sinks and circulates through the deep ocean around the planet with consequences for marine chemistry and biology that spread like the tentacles of some giant sea creature.

Launching equipment takes a coordinated effort.

And then there’s the annual feeding frenzy that occurs during the Arctic summer. Whales, seals and birds flock here to reap the bounty of plankton “blooms,” tiny sea plants that are so important to the food chain that scientists call it primary productivity. News that primary productivity in the Arctic has increased almost 50 percent since 1997 made headlines last fall. Individual blooms are getting larger and occurring earlier in the year.

But what hasn’t been well studied is whether or not this trend is continuing later in the season, after summer passes and sunlight starts to wane. That’s the issue that concerns Juranek and her team on the Sikuliaq. With funding from the National Science Foundation, they are investigating primary productivity during the barely studied late season from August to November.

“What we’re trying to figure out is how biology is impacted by the lack of sea ice,” Juranek says, “In general, there’s less ice coverage later in the season than there has been historically. And that is likely to impact how things grow and live and die.”

Course Change

“Back to the Wainwright line,” Juranek says in characteristic brevity to Captain Adam Seamans, who receives the decision with an empathetic shrug, their normal mode of communication. The Wainwright line stretches toward the north away from the coast. It is part of a larger network of study sites created by the Arctic research community.

For the next several weeks, the Sikuliaq crisscrosses the Chukchi sea, stopping to collect water samples at stations along the line. At each one, scientists deploy an instrument known as a CTD. Consisting of sensors and two-dozen cylinders that can open and close to grab water, the CTD provides clues about marine organisms and ocean conditions — conductivity, temperature, depth — at selected locations from the surface of the sea to the bottom.

Sediment cores contain evidence of changing ocean biology and chemical processes. Miguel Goni, OSU oceanographer, coordinated drilling activities on the Sikuliaq.

When the CTD is hoisted out of the water, OSU professor Miguel Goñi rousts troops of undergraduates and research technicians who run lab equipment and record data. Eager scientists peek through the circular window of a water-tight door in the lab. After the all-clear is given, the door opens and they clamber en masse toward the CTD. They squat next to nozzles and fill bottles, cold water running over their hands. A few minutes later, in the Sikuliaq’s two labs, water whirls through tubes, down funnels and over filters.

Farther aft, after the CTD is out of the water, a winch lifts another piece of equipment called a multi-corer from the deck. The crew watches closely as the multi-corer sways off the ship and into the water. As it sinks to the ocean floor, scientists in the computer room watch a live video feed of its progress. When the multi-corer makes its landing on the seafloor, brittle stars, worms and other creatures embedded in mud come into view. The multi-corer projects a tube into the mud and collects a sample to bring back to the surface. On deck, this column of sediment will later be sliced into sections, each representing a layer of ocean history.

Dale Hubbard and Burke Hales, Oregon State oceanographers, deployed the “SuperSucker” to gather data on water chemistry ad biology.

With the CTD and multi-corer safely stowed on deck, OSU oceanographer Burke Hales goes to work with another sampling device that he developed. It goes by the scientific name of “SuperSucker.” As the crew tows the sensor-laden instrument behind the ship, it pumps water into the lab for rapid analysis. Data arrive as colored lines on Hales’ computer screen, indicating levels of oxygen, carbon and other elements dissolved in the sea.

From day to day, the science team and crew alternate between collecting water with the CTD and bringing up mud with the multi-corer. These activities become routine. Day and night, the work proceeds in shifts in a schedule governed by the need to accomplish the task at hand. The ship becomes its own ecosystem of personalities working toward the goal of discovery.

Ah Ha! Moment

Near the end of the cruise, the decision to change course pays off. Goñi bounds into the computer room, balancing a laptop on his forearm and pointing at the screen. “It looks like a phytoplankton bloom! We’ve got a phytoplankton bloom,” he tells Juranek.

Results from the CTD and the SuperSucker show there might be higher primary productivity on the Wainwright line than expected. Juranek is cautious to jump to conclusions, but she admits that her own measurements of oxygen levels are also higher than expected, a telling indicator of increasing primary productivity.

“There’s a lot of focus on the early season,” says Juranek. “There’s a huge bloom when the ice retreats. It turns a big, green, goopy color, just loaded with phytoplankton. We’re finding higher levels of primary productivity than we thought would be here at this time of year, than people think there is. But somehow — and the how is really what we’re after — phytoplankton are able to grow and be happy at this time of year too.”

Back to School

The expedition has gone well and is ahead of schedule. The Sikuliaq makes a brief stop at Point Hope, Alaska. The local school welcomes Juranek and other researchers who share a bit of their science and what they hope to accomplish on their journey. They would clearly like to inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.

Aurora borealis from the deck of the R/V Sikuliaq

After the ship docks at Nome, the OSU scientists return to their labs in Corvallis. They are still analyzing their data, but a preliminary look suggests that the trend of increasing primary production is indeed continuing late in the season. By tracking dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gases in the water throughout the cruise, Juranek was able to see hot spots of biological activity. To her, the evidence is compelling but by no means the end of the story.

“I’m interested in what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis,” says Juranek, an assistant professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. “But I see it as a small piece of a bigger whole. As a community, scientists are trying to figure out the way our Earth works. And we’re making this incremental progress. Nobody gets the answers in one go.

“Even throughout a whole career, you might just get a few little pieces of information that then get passed down to the next generation for people to build on. I feel like I’m contributing to the understanding of the way our planet works, and hopefully that will bring knowledge and some insight into courses of action.”

As the altered Arctic continues to unfold, scientists are focusing on more than the extent of seasonal ice or a change in productivity. What’s at stake is a fundamental shift in a massive ecosystem. Primary productivity adds fuel to the fire of life, from whales to polar bears, in a place that is still draped in darkness half the year. By studying a region so clearly positioned at the forefront of climate change, scientists are gaining valuable clues about the likely future of the planet.

jQuery(document).ready(function($){ var stackedResizer = function(){ $('.aesop-stacked-img').css({'height':($(window).height())+'px'}); } stackedResizer(); $(window).resize(function(){ stackedResizer(); }); }); Sunrise from the aft deck (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Dale Hubbard and Burke Hales, Oregon State oceanographers, deployed the "SuperSucker" to gather data on water chemistry ad biology. (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Writer/photographer Kim Kenny Sunrise from the aft deck (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Dale Hubbard and Burke Hales, Oregon State oceanographers, deployed the "SuperSucker" to gather data on water chemistry ad biology. (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Aurora borealis (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Walrus were a frequent sight in the Chukchi Sea. (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Polar bears depend on ice floes to rest and hunt. (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Launching equipment takes a coordinated effort. (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) Miguel Goni, OSU oceanographer, with a sediment core. (Photo: Kimberly Kenny) The lounge on the R/V Sikuliaq (Photo: Kimberly Kenny)

Editor’s note: Kimberly Kenny received honors baccalaureate degrees in biology and international studies from Oregon State in 2015 and a master’s in journalism from Stanford University in 2016. Her participation in the Sikuliaq cruise in September 2016 was supported by the National Science Foundation.

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Renewal

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:34pm
Resolutions. Renewal.

Renewal is appropriate for the new year. So are resolutions.

It has been over a month since I blogged here. And the longer I wait for inspiration, the harder it is to write.

But I’m waiting for inspiration. Really difficult, to be sure.

We all know that resolutions have a great tendency to fail.

So how can one find renewal in these difficult times?

Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your priorities.

Priorities can change. Depending on circumstances.

Is this a time for you to be more articulate?

Or a time to be more proactive?

A time to be more (fill in the blank)?

Writer’s block

Sheila Robinson the sometime Saturday contributor for AEA 365 offers the following guidelines. Perhaps they can serve as a grounding for my 2017 resolutions.

“Rad Resource: Check out HubSpot’s The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark. Sites listed include ones that help you keep organized, sites for blog ideation, data analysis, writing, editing, and sharing on social media. Just for laughs (and I got them!) I tried Portent’s Content Idea Generator which supplies you with a title (useful when you have writer’s block), if you give it a keyword. Of course, I tried “evaluation” and got several, um, interesting title ideas, including this one: Why Evaluations are Cuter Than a Kitten (feel free to write and send me the article, if that particular title inspires you!). Not all were as light-hearted as that one, and several were quite good, but the idea is that you get enough options for what to write about that something is certain to inspire you.”

This blog is short on words. I do want to acknowledge that I have maintained this blog almost weekly since December, 2009. A long time. So this is an anniversary of sorts.

AEA 365 started shortly there after. AEA 365 has the entire AEA membership from which to draw and write blog posts. Writing daily results in a lot of work. Almost weekly is fine with me.

I value the folks who read my blog and the comments I get.  I will read through the comments and make a post of them. THANK YOU, ALL. And Happy New Year!

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35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 2:40pm
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 PM
The Office of Institutional Diversity and the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee are proud to announce plans for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to be held Jan. 14-20.

In its 35th year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is one of Oregon State University’s longest running events focused on social justice and transformative change. This year, the Celebration will consist of:

  • The Celebration - A week-long event consisting of workshops, speakers, service opportunities and other community engagement events hosted by many OSU departments. The Celebration will begin with a day of service on Saturday, Jan. 14, hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement.
  • The Peace Breakfast and Keynote Address - A breakfast to honor the legacy of Dr. King, where legacy awards are presented to community members for exemplary service. The breakfast will take place on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Jan. 16 – and will be followed by a keynote address.

This year’s keynote speaker is Franchesca Ramsey, an actress, comedian, writer, activist and a leading voice at the confluence of pop culture and social justice education. She hosts the popular Decoded series on MTV News and was a writer and regular contributor to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central.

Ramsey’s work with Decoded explores race, ethnicity, gender and culture by using comedy as a vehicle for activism and learning. Ramsey has been featured on MTV, in the New York Times, NPR, Ebony Magazine and the BBC. During her visit to Oregon State, Ms. Ramsey will also spend time with students, faculty and staff.

The Peace Breakfast will be free and open to Oregon State community members and invited guests. The Keynote Address will be free and open to the public. Additional registration information for the Peace Breakfast will follow.

For updates and event information, please follow the Celebration on Facebook. We look forward to sharing more details about this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with the Oregon State community

Forests and Forestry in Lane County

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
“Forests and Forestry in Lane County”
FREE EVENT!

http://lchm.org/

Hopkins Community Forest Day

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 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.


January 14 – Various projects are on the agenda. Make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.

Registration is requested. A delicious hot lunch is provided at Community Forestry Days. Contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu to get on the list.


For more information contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu.

Logs to Lumber to Living

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Building on your respective woodlands consists of a number of things you need to consider:  Permits, material costs, design features, amenities, access/liability.  We will show you a start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

4-H Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
MLK Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and strengthening our communities. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of strong, beloved communities. Projects will take place at various times, all starting in the morning. A light breakfast, and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers by the Community and Cultural Food Program. Check in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided.

Logs to Lumber to Living

Forestry Events - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:37pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Building on your respective woodlans consists of a number of things you need to consider: permits, material costs, desigh features, amenities, access/liability.  We will show you a start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed.