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Small Farms Events - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:34pm
Monday, October 2, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Variety Showcase

Small Farms Events - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:34pm
Monday, October 2, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Variety Showcase

Small Farms Events - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:34pm
Monday, October 2, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Selling logs from your property: An educational symposium for landowners

Forestry Events - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 6:08am
Friday, October 27, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017 (all day event)

Held in Lane County. Hear from landowners, loggers, log buyers, forestry consultants, and OSU Extension Foresters. Format is mix of indoor sessions and field.

Topics:

  -Types of sales and other fundamentals
  -Getting fair value for your logs
  -Your rights and responsibilities
  -What a consulting forester can offer you
  -Minimizing your liability
  -Permits and regulations
  -How to select a logger
  -Road access and operational logistics
  -Inventory, appraisal, and product mixes
  -Excises taxes and current use taxation
  -Silvicultural alternatives
  -What log buyers look for

To Register for ANY
Douglas County Extension Forestry class:
Register Online (credit/debit) at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/classes -events

OR by mail (check or cash) *must be received by 5pm on the listed deadline*
Make checks payable to: OSU Extension Service
Mail to: OSU Extension Forestry, PO Box 1165, Roseburg, OR 97470

OR in person - visit us at 1134 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg
(M-F 8am - 5pm)

Oregon Master Naturalist Online

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 2:36pm
Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00 PM - Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:00 PM

Starting on September 25, you can learn about the natural history, ecology and natural resource management practices by studying many aspects of the Oregon’s environment.

The Oregon Master Naturalist Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information:

  • The natural history of plants
  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Geology
  • The history and processes of landscape change
  • And the most relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management

As a part of the program, you get to volunteer for natural resources programs, agencies, organizations, and other groups in their communities.

To get started and secure your seat, you can go to -  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/oregon-master-naturalist-online 

Woodland Management, A Basic Forestry Short Course

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 2:36pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Norma Kline, OSU Ext. Forester for Coos & Curry Counties

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 and forest ecology.  Taking care of your woods:  Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control.  Getting it done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations. FIELD TRIP: See real examples of things learned in class.

Pre-Registration Required: Class size is limited. No walk –ins

Online (credit/debit) at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/ *Registration closes 09/01/2017 at  5:00 PM. Questions: Call Shawna at 541-572-5263 ext. 

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:09am
Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:09am
Monday, September 11, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Citizen Fire Academy - Douglas County

Forestry Events - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:34pm
Friday, September 29, 2017 (all day event)
Online modules from the comfort of your own home. Each online module includes reading and video tutorials, review exercises, discussion board. Throughout the course, you will work on your own fire preparedness plan and present your final plan at the graduation session.

Campbell Lecture on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:34pm
Friday, September 29, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

"The experimenting society: improving quality at scale in early childhood development programs in Latin America" Hiro Yoshikawa, PhD, Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Education, New York University.


Hiro Yoshikawa will discuss the monitoring and quality improvement process in early childhood development programs in Latin America, including program and policy evidence and innovations in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is a developmental and community psychologist who studies the effects on of programs and policies related to early childhood development and immigration. He is co-director, with Larry Aber, of the Global TIES for Children Center at New York University, which focuses on program and policy evaluation to improve child and youth development in low- and middle-income and conflict-affected countries. His recent books include “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality” and “Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children.” 

If you’re unable to join in person, the lecture can be viewed at live.oregonstate.edu

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-3673 or HallieFordCenter@oregonstate.edu 

Root Disease Identification Field Tour

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

This field workshop is for woodland owners and forestry professionals who are interested in:
• Learning to identify common root diseases
• Observing root disease symptoms and effects in typical valley margin woodlands and Douglas-fir forests
• Sharing and comparing different management strategies to reduce the impact of root diseases

Information and Registration 

Citizen Fire Academy - Douglas County

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Citizen Fire Academy (CFA) volunteer education program represents a joint effort of many statewide and local agencies. The goals of this program are to develop your skills and knowledge so that you may help reduce the risk of catastrophic effects of wildfire for your home, your neighborhood, and your community. Over the course of 6 weeks, participants will attend two in-person classes, two field classes, and complete four online modules from the comfort of your own home. Each online module includes reading and video tutorials, review exercises, discussion board. Throughout the course, you will work on your own fire preparedness plan and present your final plan at the graduation session. Topics covered in the course include fire science, living in a fire environment, home protection strategies, and fuels reduction models.

 

Dates:

September 28 – 6-8pm – Introductory Session

September 29 – Begin Online Module 1: Fire Science

October 9 – Begin Online Module 2: Living in a Fire Environment

October 19 – Begin Online Module 3: Home Protection Strategies

October 21 – 9am to 3pm – Douglas Complex Fire burn area – Field Tour: Fire Science, Living in a Fire Adapted Ecosystem and the Wildland-Urban Interface

October 30 – Begin Online Module 4: Fuels Reduction Methods

November 4 – 9am to 3pm –Field Tour: Evaluating Fire Risk around Homes and Neighborhoods, Fuels Reduction Treatments

November 9 – 6pm to 8pm – Graduation Session

Food Evolution Movie Screening

Food Events - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Please join us for a special screening of the newly released movie, Food Evolution.  The movie will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Prof. Steve Strauss (Forestry), Zak Wiegand (Oregon Tilth), and Prof. Chris Mundt (Botany & Plant Pathology).  The free screening is open to OSU students, faculty, and staff.

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

128 LINC Learning Innovation Center

7:00 pm Food Evolution movie

8:30 pm Panel Discussion

Cuban Public Health and Politics

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you’ve been to Cuba or are thinking about visiting, this interactive and informative session is not to be missed.

Join us for a discussion with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences dean, F. Javier Nieto and David Bernell, an associate professor and director of the Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies program (MAIS) for a conversation about Cuba's public health and politics.

During the discussion, Dean Nieto will talk briefly about life in Cuba and the Cuban health care system. David Bernell will give us an overview on Cuban politics of yesterday and today. They will also describe their experiences living in and visiting Cuba. After each of their brief overviews, we will invite questions and conversation about Cuba. 

Thursday, Sept. 28
4 - 5 p.m.
Centro Cultural César Chávez
91 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

Details and registration 


This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged to assist us in planning.

Woodland Management, A Basic Forestry Short Course

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Instructor: Norma Kline, OSU Ext. Forester for Coos & Curry Counties

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 and forest ecology.  Taking care of your woods:  Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control.  Getting it done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations. FIELD TRIP: See real examples of things learned in class.

Pre-Registration Required: Class size is limited. No walk –ins

Online (credit/debit) at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/ *Registration closes 09/01/2017 at  5:00 PM. Questions: Call Shawna at 541-572-5263 ext. 

Rare plants in SW Oregon

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Our region is home to many rare and splendid plant species.  Kristi Mergenthaler, an excellent local botanist and naturalist, will weave some tales about these special plants with a focus on rarities that may grow in your backyard, or in your back forty.

Kristi works for Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and is the President of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.  She has conducted rare plant and vegetation surveys for over ten years.   She has also worked as a fire lookout, natural history educator, wilderness trip leader and conservation crew leader.  Come armed with question and expect to learn a lot from Kristi and have fun while you’re doing it!

Pre-register! 541-776-7371

For flyer and details, go to http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/forestry

 

2017 OSU Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Early Bird Registration before Aug. 1 save $50:   Register online here
Registration Deadline Aug. 15; Cost Full Registration price: $200 individual, $275 Couple.

For more information visit The Land Steward Web Page or call 541-776-7371

Apply today to participate in this fun and informative, field-based educational program that helps landowners learn what they have, decide how to manage it, and make a plan to get there. The program is based out of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

 
The Land Steward Program, is an 11-week field-based course.  It is designed to help landowners, from small plots to large acreage, develop a management plan to accomplish their goals.
 
The program covers a full spectrum of land management considerations, from forests to farms, soils, water, pasture management, fire awareness, wildlife, economics and connection to resources that help landowners implement their plans.  Participants receive handouts, references, resources, professional presentations and site visits to bring the learning alive!

Woodland Management, A Basic Forestry Short Course

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Instructor: Norma Kline, OSU Ext. Forester for Coos & Curry Counties

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 and forest ecology.  Taking care of your woods:  Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control.  Getting it done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations. FIELD TRIP: See real examples of things learned in class.

Pre-Registration Required: Class size is limited. No walk –ins

Online (credit/debit) at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/ *Registration closes 09/01/2017 at  5:00 PM. Questions: Call Shawna at 541-572-5263 ext. 

Master Woodland Manager

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 2:37pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:00 PM

The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) is our Forestry and Natural Resources Extension premier forest steward-ship training program. This program has been running for over 25 years, serving more than 500 landowners around the state, and it is coming to Eastern Oregon beginning September 15th. Whether you own five or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you to: meet your long-term goals for your property; integrate forest management with ranching; make your forest better suited for wildlife, timber production and recreation; make your forest resilient to fire, insects and diseases, and much more!

Here is the schedule for the training (Friday sessions are evening based):


September 15 Introduction, Your Landscape & Setting
September 16 Upland Forest Ecology and Management
September 22 Watersheds, streams & fish
September 23 Riparian Forest Ecology Management
October 6 Forest Business Management
October 7 Marketing and Roads
October 20 Reforestation, Vegetation Management, Leadership & Volunteer Service
October 21 Forest Health & Graduation


This program only comes around to a given region about every 10 years, so take advantage of this opportunity!

For more information on the program, please contact Bob Parker at the OSU Baker County Extension Service office at 541-523-6418 or email at bob.parker@oregonstate.edu. You can also visit the MWM website at:
http://extensionweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/mwm

Complexity.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:04pm
Complexity.

I predict a bright future for complexity. Have you ever considered how complicated things can get, what with one thing always leading to another?

~~E. B. White, Quo VADIMUS? OR THE CASE FOR THE BICYCLE (Garden City. Publishing 1946)

 

Every thing is connected.

One thing does lead to another. And connections between them can be drawn. So let’s connect the dots.

In 2002, as AEA president, I chose for the theme of the meeting, Evaluation a Systematic Process that Reforms Systems.

Evaluation doesn’t stand in isolation; it is not something that is added on at the end as an afterthought.

Many program planners see evaluation that way, unfortunately. Only as an add on, at the end.

Contrary to may peoples’ belief, evaluators need to be included at the outset of the program. They also need to be included at each stage thereafter (Program Implementation, Program Monitoring, and Program Delivery; Data Management and Data Analysis; Program Evaluation Utilization).

Systems Concepts.

Shortly after Evaluation 2002, (in 2004) the Systems Evaluation Topical Interest Group was formed.

AEA published (2007) “Systems Concepts in Evaluation: A Expert Anthology” (scroll to the end). It was edited by Bob Williams and Iraj Imam (who died as this volume was going to press). To order, see this link.

This volume does an excellent job of demonstrating how evaluation and systems concepts are related.

It connects the dots.

In that volume, Gerald Midgley writes about “the intellectual development of systems field, how this has influenced practice and importantly the relevance for all this to evaluators and evaluation”. It is the pivotal chapter (according to the editors).

While it is possible to trace the idea to trace the ideas about holistic thinking back to the ancient Greeks, systems thinking is probably best attributed to the ideas of von Bertalanffy [Bertalanffy, L. von. (1950). Theory of open systems in physics and biology. Science, III: 23-29.]

I would argue that the complexity concept will go back to at least Alexander von Humboldt . (Way before von Bertalanffy.) He was an intrepid explorer and created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt lived between 1769–1859. Although environmentalism is a complex word, it really is a system. With connections. And complexity.

Suffice it to say, there are no easy answers to the problems faced by professionals today. Complex. Complicated. And one thing leading to another.

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