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2014 Women Owning Woodlands Network Retreat

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:32pm
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Saturday, April 5, 2014 (all day event)

Registration is now open for the 2014 Oregon WOWnet retreat at the HJ Andrews forest in Blue River. Join us for three days of forestry, creativity, and sharing.

 Topics covered include:

  1. Tools of the Trade
  2. Selling wood and non-timber products from your land
  3. Creative Writing
  4. Wildlife Viewing, Monitoring and Habitat Enhancement
  5. Managing Woodlands for Complexity, Health, and Resilience

Download a complete program and registration form at: http://www.womenowningwoodlands.net/content/2014-oregon-women-owning-woodlands-retreat

Register soon, space is limited!


Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:32am
Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Preparing the Public Health Workforce for the 21st  Century" Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA,  Director for the Oregon Public Health Division.

Ms. Shirley holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of the State of New York. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ms. Shirley has been a local and a national leader in advancing public health. Most recently, she led the Multnomah County Health Department. Before coming to Oregon, she was the Director of Public Health for the city of Boston and was also the first executive director of the Boston Health Commission, where she led the agency through the establishment, design and organization of the new public health authority in Boston.

Ms. Shirley has been a leader in Oregon’s effort to transform our state’s health care system. While at Multnomah County Health Department and on the governing board of Health Share of Oregon, she helped launch one of the first Coordinated Care Organizations in the state. She also served as the vice-chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board, and has played a vital role in the state’s move toward a health care system that works better for us all.

Ms. Shirley has served on the boards of the Public Health Foundation, the Oregon Public Health Institute, Portland Sustainable Development Commission and served as President of the National Association of City and County Health Officials. She is also adjunct faculty at the OHSU School of Medicine. She received the National Public Health Institute’s Balderson Award and has been recognized by Research America as a public health hero.

Northern Blue Mountain Domestic and Export Log Markets:

Forestry Events - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:32am
Friday, April 4, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This wil be an opportunity for woodland owners, loggers and others to learn about the current log, chip, pole and firewood markets available in this region, including what appears to be a consistent log export market.  The following log buyers have been invited and have agreed to participate.

Jim Thomas, Weyerhaeuser Company, The Dalles (export); Eric Oien, Teevin Bros, Umatilla (export); Ray Liebe, Pacific Lumber and Shipping, Longview, WA (export); Bruce Skvarch and Buck Fullerton, Boise Cascade, La Grande; Ed Pearson, Blue Mountain Lumber Products, Pendleton; Jim Zacharais, JayZee Lumber, Joseph; David Schmidt, Integrated Biomass Resources, Wallowa.

Each buyer will provide a brief overview (15 minutes) of what they are buying (specs), market trends, and any differences in scaling practices (export).  There should be plenty of time for questions.

In addition, Butch Tansey, Tansey Forest Management, will describe his experience selling into the export market, including lessons learned.

Please let us know if you are attending by calling the OSU Extension Union County Office at 541-963-1010 by Wednesday, April 2.

38th Annual Gerontology Conference

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:43pm
Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

This two-day conference, held at Oregon State University, will feature workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information for health and human services occupations in a wide variety of disciplines.
Registration opens February 1st!

For more information and registration visit the conference website

38th Annual Gerontology Conference

Health & Wellness Events - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:44pm
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

This two-day conference, held at Oregon State University, will feature workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information for health and human services occupations in a wide variety of disciplines.
Registration opens February 1st!

For more information and registration visit the conference website

HMSC hosts Marine Science Day April 12

Breaking Waves - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:44am

NEWPORT – OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center throws open its doors on Saturday, April 12 for Marine Science Day, a behind-the-scenes peek at the center’s marine research labs, education programs and family activities.

The free, public event runs from 10 am to 4 pm, and includes meet-the-scientist tours of many of the Oregon State University, state and federal labs based at the Newport campus. The public will get a chance to explore cutting-edge ocean science via interactive displays presented by researchers, along with family-friendly fun activities led by staff from Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The day includes interactive exhibits all day long about larval fish ecology, the bioacoustics of whales, volcanoes and deep ocean vents and oceanographic tools.

Activities for children include the Bird Beak Buffet from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a Fossil Dig with Oregon Sea Grant, the OSU-based program which operates the HMSC’s public Visitor Center.

The event also marks the 25th Anniversary of OSU’s Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, and visitors are invited to celebrate with special exhibits and research highlights from COMES’ quarter century as the nation’s first university experiment station dedicated to the marine sciences.

The neighboring Oregon Coast Aquarium will present a program on seals and sea lions in the Visitor Center’s Hennings Auditorium at 11 am and 2 pm, and at 1:30, visitors can watch, ask questions and learn as the center’s aquarists feed the resident giant Pacific octopus.

For a complete schedule, visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday/schedule

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Sea Grant “Stone Soup” lesson plan featured in national science ed newsletter

Breaking Waves - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:31am

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A new Sea Grant lesson plan that employs lessons from a popular comic strip to teach middle-school and elementary students about the perils of releasing classroom pets into the wild is featured in the spring newsletter of FOSS, a nationally prominent program of research-based science learning for elementary and middle-school classrooms based at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.

The newsletter has been mailed to subscribers, and will be featured at a National Science Teachers Association meeting later this week.

Developed by Oregon Sea Grant’s invasive species team and collaborators in Oregon, Washington and California, the Stone Soup Cartooning and Invasive Species lesson encourages youngsters to use art and language skills to learn about biology, ecology, invasive species, and the importance of learning from one’s actions. Students study and discuss the cartoon, and then write and illustrate their own comics about some aspect of invasive species.

The idea for the lesson plan was born from a series of comics drawn last year by Jan Eliot, the Oregon artist who writes and draws the popular, nationally syndicated Stone Soup strip. Eliot, who once wanted to study marine biology, wanted to call attention to the ecological damage that can happen when well-meaning teachers and students release classroom pets such as crayfish and turtles into the wild. She called on Oregon Sea Grant’s invasive species specialist, Sam Chan, to make sure she got the science right.

The result was an entire storyline, which ran in newspapers across the country last September, featuring ongoing Stone Soup character Alix – a budding child scientist who doesn’t always consider the consequences of her acts – and a pet crayfish named Pinchy.

With the blessing of Eliot (and her syndication service) Chan and his partners in the West Coast Sea Grant Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Alliance developed the new lesson plan and associated learning activities to build on the cartoons’ success, and provide teachers with tools to incorporate the subject into their science teaching. The plan is part of a nationwide project to educate teachers – and suppliers of classroom animals – about the ecosystem damage released non-native pets and cause, and other humane alternatives to freeing them in the wild.

Besides conducting ongoing research to improving the learning and teaching of science, FOSS is one of two major US suppliers of K-8 science kits that bases its STEM curricula on learning with live specimens.

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The Ins & OUts of Selling Logs

Forestry Events - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:48pm
Monday, March 31, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Conducting a timber sale can be a complicated process for many woodland owners.  Many of you only get one chance, so be sure to get it right!  This session will cover.....easements, logging contracts, purchase orders, what can you sell?, How to sell it!, Selecting log lengths & diameters, timing the market, what does the future hold?

Get your copy of the updated Log Buyers Directory!!!  All handouts available to participants only!!!  This publication on its own is well worth your time to attend one of these sessions!  We will also be offering EM 9090:  The Scribner Volume & Value Tables Bucking for Maximum Revenue (a price structure spreadsheet to sell logs).

Insights Into Gardening

Gardening Events - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:35am
Saturday, March 22, 2014 (all day event)

A series of seminars for home gardeners and gardeners-to-be on growing vegetables, ornamentals, and other topics related to sustainable gardening. There are exhibitors to browse and Grass Roots Books will be on site with a selection of gardening books. Visit us at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights for registration information. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for registration. The first seminar begins at 9:00. Parking is free.

Rose Pruning Clinic

Gardening Events - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:35am
Saturday, March 1, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
After canceling last week due to high water in the Garden, Marion County Master Gardeners will hold a Hands-On Rose Pruning Clinic, demonstrating proper techniques for developing healthy roses. Dress for the weather; the clinic will be held outdoors, rain or shine, in the Marion Demonstration Garden located behind the Health Services Building at 3180 Center St NE, Salem, just west of Hawthorne Blvd.  Bring garden gloves and sharp hand pruners that have been disinfected with isopropyl alcohol to prevent the spread of disease. This clinic is free and open to the public. 


Gardening Events - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:35am
Saturday, March 1, 2014 (all day event)

Spring Into Gardening

Gardening Events - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:35am
Saturday, March 8, 2014 (all day event)

Presentations on Home Fruit Production that will include the following:

   Tree Fruits

   Small Fruits



Presenters include:

   Neil Bell - OSU Extension

   Bernadine Strik - OSU Extension

   Vern Nelson - The Oregonian Newspaper


Tree School

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:38pm
Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

A one-day mini-college for family forestland owners, foresters, loggers, arborists, teachers, and general public.

Tree School is back in Douglas County and will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the campus of Umpqua Community College just north of Roseburg.  This mini-college features 24 classes on a wide variety of topics.

The day-long event offers classroom sessions taught by Extension foresters, professional foresters, and other resouce management professionals.  Classes are 1.5 hours and you can participate in up to four over the course of the day.

 Registration must be done in advance by March 14 (no walk-ins allowed), so act now to reserve your spot.

Planning and Record Keeping for a Better Growing Season: Oregon City

Small Farms Events - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:38pm
Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to use AgSquared’s online software at an all-day workshop that will teach you how to easily gather the information you need to better manage your farm and make both day-to-day and strategic farm management decisions. The workshop will be led by AgSquared staff and an Oregon farmer currently using AgSquared and will take place in Oregon City, OR, at Clackamas Community College on Thursday, March 27th.


This workshop is being sponsored by the OSU Small Farms Team. You can read the full announcement and register here.


If would like to attend the workshop, sign up today - space is limited!

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Western Agricultual Conservation Practices Short Course

Small Farms Events - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:38pm
Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn the latest applied biodiversity enhancing practices and how to implement them!  This winter short course will:

- build basic skills in beneficial organism and native plant identification

- explain key relationships among crop pests, beneficial insects and native pollinators

- teach habitat assessment, mapping and how to integrate conservation practices into your farm producion plan

This course is free for farmers and agricultural professionals.

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Planning & Record Keeping for a Better Growing Season

Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:36pm
Monday, March 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Looking to be more organized in 2014? Aiming to have an effective crop plan that sets the course for a successful season? Hoping to keep better farm records this year that could help you understand ways to make your farm more productive and more profitable?

Come to our all-day workshop to learn about how to use AgSquared’s online software toolkit to easily gather the information you need to better manage your farm and make both day-to-day and strategic farming decisions.

Drew Katz, AgSquared’s Director of User Support and Farmer Engagement, will train you in how to get started with AgSquared. In this class you will learn how to set up your AgSquared account, create a crop plan, manage your day-to-day schedule with AgSquared, and review your records for better decision making. You will also get to hear from an Oregon farmer currently using AgSquared on the farm. You do not need to have already created an AgSquared account to join this training - you will have the opportunity to create a free AgSquared account during the workshop.

Register here:


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NOAA scientist to lead Oregon Sea Grant program

Breaking Waves - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:24pm

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Shelby Walker, a marine scientist and administrative leader with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been named director of Oregon Sea Grant.

She will assume leadership of Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon State University-based marine research, outreach, education and communication program, on July 7.

Walker has been the strategic planning team leader for the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation in NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research since August 2009. In that role, she has been responsible for the agency’s research and development planning efforts.

She also has been associate director for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, an initiative funded through civil penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that aims to increase scientific understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and improve the region’s sustainability.

Based at OSU, Oregon Sea Grant is one of the oldest programs in a national network of NOAA Sea Grant College Programs, dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources.

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Tsunami Preparedness Week – Are You Prepared?

Breaking Waves - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:51am

It’s Tsunami Preparedness Week, and Pat Corcoran wants to make sure people who live on -and visit – the seismically active coast know what to do when the big wave hits.

Corcoran, Oregon Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, is featured this week on the NOAA Sea Grant home page, and says the single most important thing to know about tsunamis is that they can happen unexpectedly. “Whenever visiting the ocean shore, be prepared to move to high ground if you experience an earthquake,” says Corcoran. “Also important to know, is the earthquake and tsunami experience is different depending on where you are in the world. In the Pacific Northwest of the USA, our natural warning for a big tsunami is a big earthquake.” Elsewhere in the world, people may not even feel the ground shake.

Corcoran has spent more than a decade educating and working with coastal residents and communities to help them prepare for coastal hazards, from storms to the inevitability that a large earthquake – likely with an accompanying tsunami – will strike the region in the not-too-distant future. The challenge, he says, is getting people to understand that they need to prepare now for an event that has never happened in their lifetimes, or perhaps those of their parents or grandparents.

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Clackamas Tree School

Forestry Events - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:32pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Register early for the best class selection.  The deadline is February 21, 2014 or when 600 registrations have been accepted.  Catalog now available online.

For more information (view catalog & registration information)

Wood Sickness

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:01pm

By Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension – Benton, Linn & Polk Counties

Wood accumulating in every un-used space may indicate a problem…

This blog often carries information about insect or disease problems emerging in local forests and woodlands.  Today I will address a sensitive but common problem in the local woodland owner community, starting with the question:  Do you or someone you know have an irrational attachment to wood?  Behaviors such as holding back low value logs to saw into boards hoarded for undefined future projects may indicate an important condition you need to be aware of, the wood sickness.

Common signs of the wood sickness are large accumulations of round or milled wood in a person’s yard, shed, garage or barn. Excessive buildup of chain saws and other logging tools, portable mills, and all sorts of secondary wood working tools are often also evident. Symptoms experienced by suffers may include dry mouth, shallow breathing and irregular heartbeat when near burl wood, quarter-sawn oak or spalted wood.   Quilted maple, figured walnut and live edges have been known to cause sweating and dizziness.

People suffering from wood sickness often imagine great future profit, but are generally reluctant to part with any of the gathered wood, leading to an ever-growing supply.  Thus, many hours which these men (yes, a great majority are men) could spend in productive family interactions are spent accumulating wood, arranging piles of wood, rearranging piles of wood, trading wood and shaping pieces of wood into other forms. The most common conversion is from round to rectangular shapes which are more easily dried, arranged and rearranged.  But the wood may also be formed into floors, furniture, bowls and other household objects in the belief that it will lead to validation and acceptance of the sufferer’s activities.  There is of course little evidence of this ever happening.

Left untreated this condition can become an all-consuming obsession that may lead to the substitution of many familiar metal or ceramic objects with wooden versions, among other things.  Treatment options are quite limited, with no pharmaceutical treatments currently available.  Rumor has it they are trying out support groups on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  In acute cases impacts on the family can be severe, leaving the “woodshop widows” with little recourse  but to retreat to the comfort of spinning wheels and sewing machines and the consoling fiber arts.

Wood hoarding is serious business for these two sufferers struggling to come to grips with the condition

This article is not meant to stigmatize those with the wood sickness, but to raise awareness and understanding of those with this affliction.  It is not limited to but certainly correlated with woodland ownership, and the suffers are commonly friends and family members just trying to lead normal lives while facing future years of retirement.  We are deserving of compassion and understanding.

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