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The Era of Megafires

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:36pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres and their impacts on people and ecosystems is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimu-late conversation about this important issue across all levels of society.

Woodland Management – Basic Forestry Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:36pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 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.

Registration required: Cost for the course is $40 for one participant/$50 for two or more participants from the same family. Please pre-register no later than February 5. Use the form on the next page or contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

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

Woodland Information Night

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speakers and Topics:

  • Julian Geisel, on his research about landowner’s strategies.
  • Brad Withrow-Robinson, young stand thinning overview ahead of spring tours.
  • Wallace Jennings to talk about NRCS forestry program.
  • Raylene Gordin/Diane Kahldahl, attracting bluebirds
This year’s WIN is hosted by the Linn Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension.

Assessing Units and Projects

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join With Industry Leaders to Discuss:

-How Alternative Silviculture Systems Can Be Applied To Support a Wide Range of  Landowner Goals

-How to Keep Silviculture Vision Synched with Operations Reality --All the Way Through the Harvest Process.

For more information and to register, click HERE

Christmas Tree Genetics & Tree Improvement Webinar Series

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Understanding genetics and tree improvement is critical to the success of your Christmas tree farm, whether you know it or not. From selecting the right species for your site to starting your own seed orchard, tree genetics impact your operation every day.


In this five part webinar series, leading Christmas tree scientists from throughout the U.S. will present an in-depth discussion of the critical elements of Christmas tree improvement and how genetic selection can improve the growth, health, and quality of your trees and make your farm more profitable.


Webinar schedule:
Feb. 1 The Tree Improvement Process: Selection, Testing & Breeding
Feb. 8 Capturing Genetic Gain: Seed Collection Zones & Seed Orchards
Feb 15 Tree Improvement Techniques: Grafting, Controlled-pollination & Tissue Culture
Feb. 22 Tree Improvement Case Studies From Around the Country and Around the World
March 1 Future Issues: Genetic Engineering and Genomics of Fir Species


Presenters:

Rick Bates - Penn State University

Gary Chastagner - Washington State University

Bert Cregg - Michigan State University

John Frampton - North Carolina State University

Chal Landgren - Oregon State University

Lilian Matallana - North Carolina State University

Jim Rockis - Reliable Source Seeds and Transplants


Cost: No charge - registration is required. Register by January 25 at:
https://events.anr.msu.edu/ChristmasTreeWebinar2016/

Contact: Bert Cregg cregg@msu.edu 517-353-0335
Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Jill O’Donnell, 231-779-9480 by January 25, 2017 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

Introduction To Forest Soils and Using the Web Soil Survey

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The soil is one of the most important resources in your forest, and a key factor in forest productivity. Understanding the soil types and characteristics in your forest is critical for management planning because soil provides water storage, aeration, nutrients, plant anchorage, and suitable environments for soil organisms. This class will give you an introduction to soil morphology, landform origin, soil classification, and nutrient cycling. You will also learn how to use the Web Soil Survey to find and interpret this information for your property and identify risks associated with soil disturbance and potential soil productivity losses.

 Information and Registration 

Corporate Influence on Public Health and Democracy

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Center for Global Health Professional Seminar by Professor Bill Wiist.
"Corporate Influence on Public Health and Democracy"

William H. Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS, is lead editor for a book in progress for Cambridge University Press about the role of health professionals in the prevention of war.

He is professionally active in retirement with 40 + years of postdoctoral experience as a faculty member, department and program chair, health agency administrator, consultant, volunteer for public health programs, lecturer and author.

Served as a senior scientist in an interdisciplinary health policy institute with responsibility for health policy curriculum. Developed and administered the chronic disease and injury prevention program for a large urban department of public health, was the founding executive director of an injury prevention center, and president of health services research and education consulting firm.

Received about $5 million in grants from state and federal agencies and private foundations for research and programs on prevention of heart disease, cancer, intimate partner and youth violence, drug abuse in community, clinic and school settings with African American, Latino, Native American, older adult, prenatal patient, and youth populations.

Led an interdisciplinary team in research on religious and health practices among Buddhist practitioners. Edited and co-authored a book for Oxford University Press about the influence of corporations on health policy. Worked with administrators and faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Chile, Santiago to plan a globalization and health center, and taught the first courses about economic globalization and health.

Teaching specialization: public health and war; influence of corporations on health; economic globalization and health; research on the relationship between spirituality/religion and health; program planning and evaluation; the social and behavioral theoretical foundations of public health.

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The Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

4-H Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 The Oregon Garden| Orchid Ballroom | 895 W. Main Street, SILVERTON   An education and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. Designed for all sizes and types of farms, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors and botanical gardens. The Summit will feature training in Farm Direct Marketing and Other Agritourism practices. Sessions: l Trends & Markets l Safety & Liability for Farm Visits l Land Use Laws and Regulations l Models of Success l Effective Marketing Speakers represent: UVM and OSU Extension Services, Polk and Marion County Community Planning Divisions, and Travel Salem. Lodging special rate: Room night rate of $89 +tax for Feb. 27 and 28. Deadline to receive this price is January 27.      Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension is keynote speaker and author of Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems. $18 per person and includes catered lunch. Paid garden admission is not required to attend. Summit attendees will receive discounted garden admission after the event if they wish a self-guided tour. Please register by February 24 to: http://bit.ly/MarionAgritourism, 503-588-5301 or by email: agritourism@oregonstate.edu

Succession Planning Workshop Series

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 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.

Second Session: 
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 9am-4pm
Location: Chemekata Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd, Salem
Morning session: Introduction to estate planning strategies, state & federal tax issues, Oregon Natural Resource Credit, structuring ownership & assets, and record keeping.  And, Conservation Easements and how they can be used as a tool in estate planning.
Afternoon session: Expand on 1/17 class with more in depth look at family business basics and building a foundation for succession planning focusing on family business topics. And, an introduction to estate planning specifically addressing estate planning issues for farm and ranch landowners.

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

POULTRY MANAGEMENT for LARGER FLOCKS

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Demand for local eggs and poultry meat is hot, but how does one manage larger flocks of birds? Dr. James Hermes, poultry specialist with Oregon State University, will present this class with a focus on breed selection, poultry health and disease, feeding and nutrition and economics. His current research is in alternative feeds for small flocks and pastured organic and free-range poultry production.

Instructor: James Hermes, Ph.D., OSU Poultry Specialist

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

The Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 The Oregon Garden| Orchid Ballroom | 895 W. Main Street, SILVERTON   An education and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. Designed for all sizes and types of farms, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors and botanical gardens. The Summit will feature training in Farm Direct Marketing and Other Agritourism practices. Sessions: l Trends & Markets l Safety & Liability for Farm Visits l Land Use Laws and Regulations l Models of Success l Effective Marketing Speakers represent: UVM and OSU Extension Services, Polk and Marion County Community Planning Divisions, and Travel Salem. Lodging special rate: Room night rate of $89 +tax for Feb. 27 and 28. Deadline to receive this price is January 27.      Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension is keynote speaker and author of Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems. $18 per person and includes catered lunch. Paid garden admission is not required to attend. Summit attendees will receive discounted garden admission after the event if they wish a self-guided tour. Please register by February 24 to: http://bit.ly/MarionAgritourism, 503-588-5301 or by email: agritourism@oregonstate.edu
Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

MASON BEES-BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LEARN ABOUT MASON BEES AS IMPORTANT POLLINATORS, AND BUILD A SPECIAL HOUSE FOR THEM TO TAKE HOME TO YOUR GARDEN.

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

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:07am
Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:07am
Monday, February 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Polk County Master Gardener Meeting and Program

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:07am
Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All are welcome to join the Polk County Master Gardeners on February 9, in Dallas. Our program will feature Paul Ries, OSU/ODF discussing how to recognize and prevent hazard trees in our yards, gardens and communities. The Chapter will hold its meeting following the presentation and break.

 

How to Recognize and Prevent Hazard Trees

 

Paul Ries teaches online urban forestry and arboriculture courses as a faculty member and extension specialist in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and manages the statewide urban forestry program for the Oregon Department of Forestry. He has worked as a public information officer on wildfires, as a city forester in Cincinnati Ohio, and as executive director of a non-profit professional society. He holds BS and MS degrees in Natural Resources and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1988.  He has over 30 years of experience helping people understand tree risk and tree hazards.


In this presentation, Paul will help us understand how to recognize and prevent hazard trees.  The trees around our homes and in our city landscapes are valuable assets providing a myriad of services like clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, and even increased property values. But if we don't keep our trees healthy, they can become liabilities and cause damage to people and property. In this session, you'll learn how to recognize when a tree is becoming hazardous, and how to prevent hazard trees from happening in the first place.

 

Public Welcome – Door Prizes

 

Insights into Gardening

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:07am
Saturday, February 11, 2017 (all day event)

What: 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.  And . . . new this year!  A series of basic gardening classes appropriate for any gardeners but particularly for newbies.  (Check out the Gardening 101 strand in the program.)

And More: 20+ garden-related exhibitors, raffle prizes, and on-site Grass Roots gardening book sales

 

Please join us for an educational and fun day! 

Please check http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights for more details and registration information.  

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:07am
Tuesday, February 14, 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)

The Politics of Science

Terra - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:22pm

By Nick Houtman

As the Trump Administration proposes to slash federal investments in environmental research, scientists are considering how to sustain work on issues such as air and water quality, wildlife and climate change.

“An apparent lack of concern for scientific evidence” poses a challenge to environmental management, writes Staci Simonich, chemist at Oregon State University, in a recent editorial in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, published by the American Chemical Society. However, she adds, the global research community is resilient because it draws support from an array of funding sources.

“As with prior administrations,  we must speak up for the importance of federally funded research, which sustains not only important knowledge development but also technological solutions to environmental problems and grows our next generation of STEM workforce,” writes Simonich, who is also an associate editor of the journal.

Read her editorial titled An Inconvenient Administration.

The post The Politics of Science appeared first on Terra Magazine.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Oregon Logging Conference and Equipment Show

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:35pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Saturday, February 25, 2017 (all day event)

79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference

Logging, Trucking, Construction and Heavy Equipment Expo

February 23, 24, and 25, 2017

Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds, Eugene, Oregon

Visit: www.oregonloggingconference.com

Call 541.686.9191 or email: info@oregonloggingconference.com

Basic Woodland Management - Washington County

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:35pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered include:
• Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
• What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology, forest ecology and habitat
• Taking Care of Your Woods: tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
• Getting it Done: Timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
• Field trip to see first-hand examples of what you’ve learned

Details...

• Cost for the course is $50 for one participant/$60 for two or more participants from the same family.
• Course is taught in a blended online/in person format. Participants will be given short online assignments to complete prior to each class session.
• Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties
• To attend you must pre-register no later than January 25th. Use the form below or register online at: http://tinyurl.com/basicwoodlandmanagement.
• Questions? Contact Amy Grotta, (503) 397-3462 or amy.grotta@oregonstate.edu
Basic Woodland