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Woodland Information Night: Managing for Wildlife and Diversity

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:36pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speakers: Fran Cafferata Coe, Cafferata Consulting , Jim Rivers, OSU College of Forestry, and Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension


Dairy Science and Sanitation

Small Farms Events - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:36pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (all day event)
  • The course consists of on-line lecture sessions that will cover basic dairy science, including composition of milk, dairy microbiology, and dairy food safety, as well as an overview of dairy regulations. Participants will also learn through hands-on sessions at the OSU campus the basics of cleaning and sanitizing principles, unit operations -- both raw milk production and receiving, and dairy processing, plant equipment and design, general control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, in depth information on cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, their properties and applications, and a discussion on CIP and COP systems.

Registration: https://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/0306-0718-dairy-science-sanitation-workshop-oregon-state-university

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Mentored Forest Management Planning Short Course

Forestry Events - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:36pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Over the course of 4 classes, write a forest management plan that is tailored to your property and your woodland management goals.  You will be paired with an experienced landowner or forester to help you through this process and provide an on-site visit of your woodland.

A Forest Managment Plan is: 

-  Required to participate in the Oregon Tree Farm System.
-  The foundation for sustainable forest management.
-  A valuable communication tool fo ryour family.
-  Something you can write on your own and save on consulting costs!
-  A valuable investment for the future of your forest.

Click here to register online.  Registration deadline is February 25th
Click here for the flyer.

Oak Woodland Ecology & Management

Forestry Events - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:36pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This half-day workshop is designed for land owners who have oak woodlands, but is open to all. We will review the basic biology of oaks and oak woodlands found here in the Rogue Basin and Northern California. Included will be descriptions of wildlife and birds that are dependent on oaks, guidelines for managing oak habitat, a review of the status of oak habitat and oak woodlands in this area, and a list of potential opportunities to restore oak woodlands. Following a classroom presentation, we’ll carpool to Lower Table Rock for a relaxed hike of up to 2 miles to view oak woodlands, included areas that have been recently thinned to reduce fire threats and restore habitat.
With Terry Fairbanks: Terry is a retired BLM silviculturist who works to restore oak habitat on federal and private lands. She is active with the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) locally and works with her husband to release oaks on their own property.
$10/person, $15/couple

More information: See flyer
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonCountyForestry or call (541)776-7371

Recap of the 2018 Oregon Forest Health Conference

Tree Topics - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:18pm

By Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension – Columbia, Washington, & Yamhill Counties

Last week I attended Forest Health: State of the State, a biannual conference put on by OSU College of Forestry. A packed agenda covered insects, diseases, fire, drought, invasive species, climate change, and other topics. I always look forward to this meeting as an opportunity to brush up on my knowledge of these issues. The speakers came from various backgrounds, representing the many forest ecosystems and ownership types we have across the state, and the audience was equally diverse. With that in mind, I’ve tried to distill the takeaways from the conference that seem most relevant to small woodland ownerships in northwest Oregon.

ODF conducts an annual insect and disease aerial survey. Click on the image to be taken to a short video from the air.

What is forest health, anyways?  Our own Extension Specialist Dave Shaw kicked things off by reminding us that forest health is subjective, and based on our experiences, instincts, and goals. It’s easy to agree on whether an individual tree is healthy, but forest health is less concrete.

Resilience:  A common theme across many speakers was that of resilience: that a healthy forest is one that is capable of recovering after a stressful episode, such as a drought, fire, or insect outbreak, and is still able to provide the benefits that the owner and society desire.  A.J. Kroll, a wildlife biologist from Weyerhaeuser, suggested that resilience includes maintaining the productive capacity of a site. Using coarse woody debris (CWD) to illustrate his point, he suggested that a resilient forest has the ability to produce large trees that will eventually become CWD. While he didn’t elaborate, I interpreted that to include maintaining soil quality and productivity. Austin Himes, another speaker with industry background, added that forests also must be resilient to market changes or societal pressures.

“There’s a universe of small things that rely on coarse woody debris” said A.J. Kroll. CWD retained after a clearcut will later provide shelter for long-toed salamanders, once the forest regrows. Left photo: Amy Grotta; Right photo: Kathy Munsel, Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife A bumble bee on a salal flower. Photo: Jim Rivers, flickr.com

Pollinators:  Maintaining populations of pollinating insects is a key to the resilience of our society: without pollinators, we wouldn’t have many of the foods that we eat every day. Jim Rivers from OSU summarized some of the new and ongoing research about the value of westside forests to native pollinators. Most of our native bees nest in the ground, and of course they need flowering plants. Therefore, the short window of approximately four years post-harvest can be very valuable for pollinators.  This is when flowering plants thrive in full sun, and there are more areas of exposed ground for nesting sites.

Beyond these big-picture concepts, there was plenty to hear about “bugs, crud, and critters” – the things that often come to mind as forest (or tree) health issues.

Insects:  Forests on the westside have far fewer insect problems than east of the Cascades. Christine Buhl from the Oregon Department of Forestry emphasized that the best management of insect pests is preventative, by maintaining vigorous trees. This includes managing the Douglas-fir beetle, our primary westside insect pest, which likes stressed trees. But, Michelle Agne, another PhD researcher pointed out that climate change may create conditions that increase Douglas-fir beetle damage in the future. That’s because with hotter, drier summers, trees will be living in more stressful conditions; and as extreme weather events such as storms become more frequent, major windthrow episodes which precipitate beetle outbreaks could become more common.

The intensity of Swiss needle cast in any given year is often weather dependent. Map: Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative

Diseases:  Swiss needle cast can be found everywhere in western Oregon, but currently it only impacts tree growth on the west side of the Coast Range and a few isolated spots in the Cascade foothills. That’s because for the fungus to thrive and spread it needs warm, moist conditions in the winter and spring like those along the foggy coast. These types of conditions are likely to be more common in the future, so Swiss needle cast severity is likely to intensify in the areas where it is currently a problem. Whether the impacted zone will expand eastward is less certain.

Invasive species:  Exotic species of plants, insects, and pathogens are introduced all the time through the commerce and transport of live plants, wood packing material (such as pallets and crates), and firewood. Some of these become invasive and create huge problems (see: sudden oak death). The Oregon Invasive Species Hotline is an easy way for anyone to submit a report of an unfamiliar plant or insect that you think might be an invasive species. An expert will review your report and respond appropriately.

Browsing animals:  There is an interesting and complicated study now in its sixth year, looking at the interaction between herbicide use in young plantations and deer and elk browse. Thomas Stokely, a PhD candidate at OSU explained the results. Some, including myself, have wondered whether reducing herbicide use after a clear-cut could help reduce deer and elk browse on seedlings, because there would be other forage for them to eat. However, in Thomas’s study, seedlings were browsed regardless of the level of herbicide application. And, where it was applied lightly, seedlings didn’t perform as well, due to the double whammy of being browsed and competition from other vegetation.

Are more trees dying in Oregon?  The perception around here may be “yes”, but the research says “no”. Forest mortality rates have remained relatively constant (around 2%) since the late 1990’s, says Andy Gray of the US Forest Service.

With that, I feel a little more educated about forest health for the time being, and I hope you do too. May your forests be healthy…and resilient.

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Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Sat, 03/03/2018 - 3:36pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It also serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training.

Topics covered include:
• 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, tools and techniques, timber
sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Instructor: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent.

Please pre-register no later than February 5. Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/BFS2018Clack

Questions? Contact Glenn Ahrens, 503-655-8631
or glenn.ahrens@oregonstate.edu

Back to the 80s: A Radical Prom

Health & Wellness Events - Sat, 03/03/2018 - 3:36pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Calling all Goths, Head Bangers, Jocks, Nerds, Preps, Skaters and Valley Girls... dress in your 80s finest and be crowned King or Queen. Wicked pirzes, bangin snacks! Righteous beverages and no-host bar.

Open to faculty, staff, alumni and OSU community 21+
(Yep, that's right, must be 21 or older to attend)

Proceeds benefit Faculty Staff Fitness

$15 per person 

Saturday March 3, 2018
7-11 p.m.
Women's Building Gymnasium 

 Rad-gister at: Back to the 80s: A Radical Prom

 The more the merrier. Are you thinking about going? Be sure to add yourself to "interested" or "going" on the official FaceBook event.


Online Training in Data Science Using R

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 3:36pm
Friday, March 2, 2018 12:00 PM

Chester Ismay, PhD, is Curriculum Lead at DataCamp and builds (and helps instructors build) R, Python, and SQL courses for DataCamp. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Pacific University and an Instructional Technologist and Consultant for Data Science, Statistics, and R at Reed College.

He obtained his PhD in statistics from Arizona State University and has taught courses and led workshops in statistics, data science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, and sociology. He is co-author of both the fivethirtyeight and the infer R packages and is author of the thesisdown R package. He is also a co-author of ModernDive, an open source textbook for introductory statistics and data science students using R.

Chester is interested in the use of simulation and statistical computing to improving statistics and data science education.

His passion is for working with others on statistical projects using the R computing language and on pushing for reproducible research in all aspects.

He is also interested in statistics in sports and in enhancing public awareness and knowledge of the fields of statistics and data science.

He has taught many collegiate courses over the last ten years with varying roles from primary instructor to recitation/lab leader. His love for engaging students in mathematical, computational, and statistical concepts influences my work greatly.

Co-Sponsored by the Biostatistics Program

The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

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 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.

A Practical Approach to Regenerative Farming Techniques

Small Farms Events - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 3:36pm
Friday, March 2, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Scott Goode and Anna Eichner of Nourishing Systems in Central Point, Oregon will share information about how to begin implementing regenerative farming techniques on your property.  Regenerative farming utilizes practices that work with natural systems such as photosynthesis, soil microbiology and soil chemistry, as well as practices like integrated pest management, cover cropping, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, and reduced tillage to actively engage in carbon sequestration.

Hosted by OSU Extension Service Small Farms program & Willamette Women's Farm Network 

When: Friday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Lane County Extension, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR
Class Fee: $10 per person. 
Click here to register!

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Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2018

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:37pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Thursday, March 1, 2018 (all day event)
To register and view the full agenda, http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/foresthealth/

Basic Woodland Management Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:37pm
Thursday, March 1, 2018 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. It also serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training.

Topics covered include:
• 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, tools and techniques, timber
sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Instructor: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent.

Please pre-register no later than February 5. Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/BFS2018Clack

Questions? Contact Glenn Ahrens, 503-655-8631
or glenn.ahrens@oregonstate.edu

Accounting and Taxes for Small Woodland Owners

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:37pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

On Wednesday, 28 February 2018, the Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association and the OSU Extension Service are presenting Tamara Cushing on "Accounting and Taxes for Small Woodland Owners". She is the Endowed Starker Chair in Private and Family Forestry, an Assist. Professor in the College of Forestry at OSU, and an Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy and Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry from the Univ. of Georgia with emphasis on Finance and Taxation.

The Social half hour starts at 6:30 pm and the presentation starts at 7:00 pm at the OSU Yamhill County Extension Auditorium, 2050 NE Lafayette Avenue, McMinnville, OR 97128..

Free refreshments and door prizes by will be provided, and contributions of door prizes would be appreciated.  All woodland owners and the general public are invited to attend.

Membership applications will be at the meeting or downloadable at OSWA.org.  The YSWA pays $25 for new Yamhill County Chapter members.   Thank you to those who have renewed their OSWA membership.  Please renew if you haven't.

Check out the YSWA blog at  http://oswa.org/blog/yamhill

Leonard Rydell, YSWA Secretary
LARydell@Teleport.com   (503) 538-5700

Ornamental Nursery and Christmas Tree Production Webinar Series

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:37pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This series will enable you to more effectively manage insects, diseases, nematodes and other issues found in field-grown nursery crops and Christmas trees.

Certification credits: Pesticide recertification credits will be offered for participants from Michigan.

For more information and to register, click on the link below: https://events.anr.msu.edu/2018SustainableChristmasTreeWebinars/

Tree care on a small acreage

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:37pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program will cover evaluating tree health & basic tree care practices on a small acreage property including thinning, pruning, clearing for fuel reduction, disposing of debris & tree planting. 

More information: See flyer
Register: http://bit.ly/treecareonsmallacreage18 or call 541-476-6613

Portland Science on Tap

Food Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:37pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Portland is an international foodie destination. Join Oregon State's Food Innovation Center for a glimpse at the product development process that transforms new and exciting food items from idea to shelf.

Wednesday February 28

5:30 p.m. Doors & OSU exhibit open*

6:00 p.m. Taste testing and social

6:30 p.m. Program begin

Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 9720

Price includes exhibit entry and appetizers. Attendees over 21 will receive one ticket good for beer or wine.

*$5 OSUAA member withadvance online registration

*$8 nonmember with advanceonline registration

*$10 at the door, if space available

*FREE 12-and-under

Discover how Jason Ball, research chef, and Sarah Masoni, product development manager, use food and beverage R&D to cultivate food tastes, trends and products.

Join in taste tests with sensory scientist Ann Colonna who validates how shoppers feel about the food hitting the store shelves.

*OSU commemorates its 150th anniversarywith an exhibit celebrating its past, present and future impact on Oregon, the region and the world

Register here for tickets by February 26th.

Growing a Revolution: David R. Montgomery Keynote Lecture

Gardening Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:09am
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Renowned geomorphologist David R. Montgomery is giving the keynote address at this year’s Oregon Society of Soil Scientists conference, which Spring Creek Project is co-sponsoring. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Corvallis for David's talk. While the conference requires registration, the keynote is free and open to the public.

David has been working for years to tell the story of how topography and geology intertwine with the well-being of ecological systems and human societies. The breadth of his field work has taken David, a MacArthur Fellow, to many countries around the world. In his latest book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, he turns his attention to agricultural problems that are as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.

But there is reason for hope. In Growing a Revolution, David draws on visits to farms around the world that are at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life. David lays out an inspiring vision in which agriculture becomes a solution to environmental problems by helping feed all of us, cool the planet, and restore life to the land. 

Wendell Berry Film Screening and Community Seed Exchange

Gardening Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:09am
Friday, February 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join the Spring Creek Project and the OSU Center for the Humanities for a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on Friday, February 23, at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. We’re pairing the film with a community seed exchange for anyone who would like to participate. The seed swap will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.

About the film: Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eyes of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. You can view the trailer here. 

This award-winning documentary was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s. His lifelong relationship with the land and community form the core of his prolific writings. Henry County, like many rural communities, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, agrarian principles of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness-to-place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Watching this struggle unfold, Berry has become one of the most passionate and eloquent voices speaking in defense of agrarian life. Film runtime is approximately 90 minutes. 

About the seed exchange: As part of this event, we’ll be hosting a community seed exchange that participants can take part in as they mingle before the film. Sharing and planting seeds connects us to each other and to the land, and each variety has a story to tell—some heirloom varieties are rich with lore and have been passed down for generations. Here’s how the seed swap will work: 

  • Bring any open-pollinated seeds you’d like to share, whether home-saved or purchased seeds (make sure they’re relatively fresh, as many seed types are only viable for a couple of years).
  • For each variety, also bring a notecard stating the variety name and any descriptive notes about the variety.
  • If you have a limited quantity and would like to specify an amount participants can take, make note of that as well (e.g., “Please take up to 10 seeds per person”).
  • We’ll have large tables set up for the swap. When you arrive, set out your seeds and accompanying notecards on a table, so that each is clearly labeled. You may wish to bring a small scoop or spoon to help divvy up seeds.
  • We invite you to bring along small jars, envelopes, or baggies for seeds you'll be taking home. We'll also have blank seed envelopes available.
  • Even if you don’t have any seeds to bring to the swap, we invite you to participate. Oftentimes, some people at a seed swap will have bulk quantities to share. Chat with your community members and grab a few seeds here are there if there are plenty available.

Note: If you'd like to attend the seed swap but not the film, a ticket will not be required. Please simply join us at 6:00 p.m. outside of the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center.

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.”  —Wendell Berry

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:09am
Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Insights into Gardening

Gardening Events - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:09am
Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or an Oregon native, you will find plenty of practical, research-based ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable, and more successful. 

For more information and to register please visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights

NRCS local Work Group meeting for Benton and Linn Counties

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:39pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
NRCS offices hold annual Work Group meetings in winter to collect input on how they should allocate conservation funds to meet the needs of the agriculture and forestry communities.  This is the key source of conservation cost share for many types of activities, so it is important that they hear about the needs of local woodland owners.