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MASTER GARDENER'S NATIVE GARDEN TOUR

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tour a local Master Gardener's NATIVE GARDEN in Newport.  RSVP REQUIRED.  CALL FOR LOCATION.

Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

MASTER GARDENER ADAPTIVE GARDENING Presentation

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Friday, August 22, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn from a Master Gardener about ADAPTIVE GARDENING.  This event will be held at Oceanview Senior Living in Newport.  PLEASE CALL OSU EXTENSION, 541-574-6534, TO RSVP.

Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden in Newport.  Tour this coastal edible school garden & participate in fun family activities.

Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

Master Gardener COMPOST DEMONSTRATION & FOOD PRESERVATION INFO

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Master Gardeners will be on hand for a COMPOST DEMONSTRATION as well as a FOOD PRESERVATION Iinformatiion table.

Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

Bringing Native Pollinators to the Garden

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Thursday, August 7, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 This class will cover the (a) encouragement and identification of native pollinators in gardens, and (b) the pollination biology of common garden plants. The life-cycles of pollinators and the role of native and non-native garden plants in encouraging pollinators in gardens will be discussed. Also a variety of techniques to improve habitat for beneficial insects.  Instructor Brian Dykstra has a MS Biology from Humboldt State University and has conducted pollinator outreach and research for university, agricultural extension and non-profit groups.

Medicinal & Edible Herbs

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn how to grow medicianal and edible herbs in the home garden with Master Gardener Sue Sierralupe.

Season Extension Tips & Techniques

Gardening Events - 16 hours 47 min ago
Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn about the wide variety of options to extend the vegetable growing season in fall and winter.   We will discuss leafy greens and other plants suited to cool-season growing.  There will be a hands-on demonstration of bending conduit to produce a mini-hoop cover for rows or raised beds. 

Portland Metro Area Extension - Healthrun event

4-H Events - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:00pm
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Oregon State University Portland Metro Area Extension office will hold a celebration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, to welcome brothers and health activists Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby to the Portland area.

The Godby brothers are students at Oregon State University are running 1,675 miles around Oregon this summer to inspire Oregonians to live a healthier lifestyle.

The “Health Extension Run 2014,” was also designed to educate community residents about the role the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and OSU Extension Service offices in each county play in building healthy communities. The run coincides with the recent accreditation of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The Godbys, who are from the Portland area, departed Corvallis in early July and are scheduled to run from Multnomah Falls to the Portland area on Aug. 28.

The Metro Area Extension office open house and welcome celebration will include prizes and giveaways; opportunities to ride the “milling bike,” a stationary bicycle designed by OSU engineering students to grind grain; and taste-test couscous salad and bulgur pilaf recipes; and other family activities.

Bob’s Red Mill is co-hosting the event and company founder Bob Moore and members of the company’s leadership team also will attend. The extension office is also the site of OSU’s Moore Family Center Outreach Office and the new location of Portland Metro Area 4-H.

Oregon State University alumni, Portland area 4-H members and their families and members of the public are invited to attend. Members of the media are welcome.

Interviews with the Godbys may be arranged directly with the Godby brothers. Their contact information and additional background about the run are available online.

To learn more about the Godbys’ run, visit the run website.

The extension office is located at 5444-B SE International Way, Portland. The media contact for the Portland event is Renee Carr, renee.carr@oregonstate.edu, 503-657-7385 

Portland Metro Area Extension - Healthrun event

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:00pm
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Oregon State University Portland Metro Area Extension office will hold a celebration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, to welcome brothers and health activists Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby to the Portland area.

The Godby brothers are students at Oregon State University are running 1,675 miles around Oregon this summer to inspire Oregonians to live a healthier lifestyle.

The “Health Extension Run 2014,” was also designed to educate community residents about the role the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and OSU Extension Service offices in each county play in building healthy communities. The run coincides with the recent accreditation of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The Godbys, who are from the Portland area, departed Corvallis in early July and are scheduled to run from Multnomah Falls to the Portland area on Aug. 28.

The Metro Area Extension office open house and welcome celebration will include prizes and giveaways; opportunities to ride the “milling bike,” a stationary bicycle designed by OSU engineering students to grind grain; and taste-test couscous salad and bulgur pilaf recipes; and other family activities.

Bob’s Red Mill is co-hosting the event and company founder Bob Moore and members of the company’s leadership team also will attend. The extension office is also the site of OSU’s Moore Family Center Outreach Office and the new location of Portland Metro Area 4-H.

Oregon State University alumni, Portland area 4-H members and their families and members of the public are invited to attend. Members of the media are welcome.

Interviews with the Godbys may be arranged directly with the Godby brothers. Their contact information and additional background about the run are available online.

To learn more about the Godbys’ run, visit the run website.

The extension office is located at 5444-B SE International Way, Portland. The media contact for the Portland event is Renee Carr, renee.carr@oregonstate.edu, 503-657-7385 

New Videos: Derelict Fishing Gear: Oregon fishermen interviews

Breaking Waves - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:20am

Extended interviews are now online with two Oregon fishermen, Al Pazar and Nick Furman, who reflect on derelict gear programs with the Dungeness crab fleet in which they were directly involved.

The interviews are in high definition at the Oregon Sea Grant Vimeo channel:

Al Pazar, former chairman, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission

Nick Furman, former Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission exec. director

The videos were produced by Oregon Sea Grant in cooperation with NOAA West, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, and the Sea Grant programs of Washington, California, and the University of Southern California.

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New Video: Responding to the Risks of Marine Debris: Derelict Fishing Gear

Breaking Waves - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:26am

Marine debris – trash, refuse, stuff lost at sea — can often seem like a problem that’s difficult to make headway against. New short videos produced by Oregon Sea Grant can change that impression.

Responding to the Risks of Marine Debris: Derelict Fishing Gear, highlights the dramatic success that the Washington-based Northwest Straits Foundation has had in removing lost commercial fishing nets in the Puget Sound vicinity.

The six-minute documentary-style video is online at the Oregon Sea Grant YouTube channel (where closed captioning is also available):

Oregon Sea Grant Presents: Derelict Fishing Gear

. . . and in  high definition on Vimeo:  Derelict Fishing Gear (Vimeo HD version)

The documentary was produced by Oregon Sea Grant in cooperation with NOAA West, the NOAA Marine Debris program, and the Sea Grant programs of Washington, California, and the University of Southern California.

Stay tuned for additional videos in coming days.

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Propagating native shrubs from seed or cuttings

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:50pm

By Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties, and Paul Wilson & Linda Farris, Columbia County Master Woodland Managers

Flowering currant seedlings awaiting transplant. Photo: Paul Wilson

When Paul Wilson and Linda Farris bought their small property about 10 years ago, it was a reforestation failure. But they have succeeded in beating back immense Scotch broom and other invasives and have planted a diverse mix of trees. Not stopping there, they continue adding diversity by releasing native shrubs that don’t get in the way of their planted trees, and by planting more native shrubs and herbaceous plants to occupy gaps where the invasives used to be.

Paul and Linda propagate most of their own plants from seed and cuttings, having learned over time what methods work for different species. They shared their experience on a recent Twilight Tour, and afterwards agreed to write up and share their propagation tips (in the rest of this article). Thank you Paul and Linda. If you want to try your hand at this, fall is a good time to start.

How to take cuttings (adapted from Washington Native Plant Society guidelines):

We use a very low-tech approach to propagate dormant deciduous native shrubs which come readily from cuttings.  By taking cuttings after the leaves have fallen, the cuttings focus on developing roots and require little care.

Use sharp pruning shears.  Clean shears with rubbing alcohol or a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water).

Select young straight shoots about the diameter of a pencil (except trailing snowberry, which can be thinner). Collect long branches– you will be dividing them into individual cuttings later.  Cut just above a leaf node.  As you collect, put the cuttings in a plastic bag or the ends in a bucket of water, and keep them cool, moist, and out of direct sunlight.

To prepare individual cuttings from the long branches, clean your shears again.  Cut the branches into pieces long enough to have at least three or four leaf nodes (for most species, cuttings will be about six inches long). The end of the cutting closest to the roots (the “bottom”) should be cut at a 45° angle just below a node.  To not confuse the bottom with the top of the cutting (essential), cut the top at a right angle (straight across) slightly above a node.

While not essential, for some species success is improved by dipping the bottom (angled) end of the cutting in rooting hormone (Rootone, Hormex and similar), tapping off the excess.

Fill a pot (we use 1 gal. pots or treepots depending on the length of the cutting) with an unfertilized fast-draining soil mix (and in many cases perlite, sharp sand or vermiculite alone will work but cuttings need soil after rooting).  Poke holes in the soil with a stick a bit larger than the cutting diameter, insert cuttings with at least 2 nodes in soil and 1 or 2 nodes above soil level, tamp soil and water in.  We put 5 cuttings of most species in a gallon pot.

Leave out all winter, protecting from slugs and deer in the spring.  Wait until leaf growth unfurls and gently check for substantial root development.  If you have leaves or roots but not the other reinsert the cutting and wait.  Cuttings can be transplanted to a soil mix in a larger container, or transplanted into native soil.  During a dry spring keep the rooting medium moist. During the following summer, supplemental water will improve survival and development.

Paul and Linda’s plant nursery. Woody plants under the wire frame and herbaceous perennials in the foreground. Photo: Paul Wilson

Propagation tips for individual species

Among these shrubs, red-osier dogwood, Nootka rose, cascara, snowberry, hazel, oceanspray and tall Oregon grape (in order from generally wetter to drier habitat) are ‘restoration superstars’ – they tolerate moisture fluctuations and disturbance and generally provide a higher success rate after planting. These brief propagation guidelines are adapted from Robson, Richter and Filbert, Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes (2008).

Red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Easiest from hardwood cuttings taken late fall to late winter, no hormone required.  Can also be grown from ripe fruit collected in the fall, fleshy part need not be removed unless seeds are being stored.  Plant outside to stratify over winter.

Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana)
Easiest from seed removed from hips just as they ripen, planted out for winter stratification to germinate the following spring.  Lower success from hardwood cuttings mid to late fall, treated with hormones and set to root over winter.

Oceanspray in September. Photo: OSU Dept. of Horticulture

Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)
Easiest: hardwood cuttings in late fall or early winter, dip in rooting hormone and root in pumice or other medium.  Seeds have a low germination rate: plant thickly in fall; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.

Beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Easiest from seed; harvest slightly green before the squirrels get them; plant in fall; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.

Indian plum/Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis)
Easy from seed: Collect fruit in early summer, dry the fruits, plant in fall; need cold and moisture to break dormancy and germinate the following spring.  Or, take hardwood cuttings in late winter, treat with hormone.

Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Collect and clean seed, plant seed in fall; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.

Common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)/Trailing snowberry (Symphoricarpos mollis)
Hardwood cuttings late fall/early winter; treat with hormone and put in soil to root.  Seed requires 2 winters to germinate.

Dwarf Oregon-grape (Berberis nervosa)/Tall Oregon-grape (Berberis aquifolium)
Collect ripe berries in summer; remove some of the pulp and plant seed soon after harvest; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.  Hard to grow from cuttings.

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Hardwood cuttings mid-fall to early winter, treat with hormone and root in pumice or other medium.  Or, collect seed in late summer or fall, remove some of the pulp and plant seed soon after harvest; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring

Bitter Cherry (Prunus emarginata)
Collect seed in late summer or fall, remove some of the pulp and plant seed in fall; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.  Difficult to grow from cuttings.

Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)
Collect ripe fruit in the fall; remove some of the pulp and plant seed in fall; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.  Expect 2-3 seeds in each fruit.

Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)
Collect berries and remove seeds; plant seeds in flats of potting soil in fall; need cold and moisture to germinate the following spring.

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Dark Horse releases new comic about earthquake preparedness

Breaking Waves - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:40am

Dark Horse Comics, the Oregon-based publisher of such iconic titles as Star Wars, Sin City and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has teamed with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Cascadia Region Earthquake  Group to produce a new, free comic about earthquake preparedness.

Without Warning tells the story of a girl who lives on the Oregon Coast and is trying to reunite with her family after a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The digital version of the 16-page, full-color comic, written for audiences age 12 and up, can be downloaded free from Dark Horse; free printed copies are available from the Office of Emergency Management.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 hundred mile earthquake fault stretching from offshore Northern California to Southern British Columbia. Experts predict a large 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike Oregon at any time. Oregon Sea Grant, through its coastal natural hazards program, works to help coastal towns and residents prepare for the Big One. Learn more:
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Rural Living Field Day

Forestry Events - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:33pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners.

The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day.

Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, crops and health soil, horse health and manure composting.

The event is organized by our local Soil & Water Conservation Districts. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.wmswcd.org and click on “Events.” The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families.

Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch.

In-Field Tractor Maintenance & Troubleshooting Workshop

Small Farms Events - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:33pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This interactive, hands-on workshop will focus on tractor safety, routine maintenance, and troubleshooting common issues.  Topics covered will include:  routine lubrication, easy methods to hook up equipment, maintenance checklists, winterizing tasks, and more.  The workshops will include a substantial Q&A discussion with our instructor, Jack Williams.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions.

Pre-registration is required, by calling Jared Pruch at (541) 359-8987 or online at:

https://secure.qgiv.com/for/cascadepacific/event/185303/

Cost is $10

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Oregon preserves water quality with pump and dump stations

Breaking Waves - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:05am

The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) has enlisted the help of Oregon Sea Grant to help publicize floating restrooms and waste dumping stations across the state in an effort to protect water quality.

Boaters that are on the water for long periods of time accumulate sewage that they inevitably have to dispose of. In some areas, that waste has found its way back into the environment and caused a decline in water quality.

“Oregon is being proactive,” said Megan Kleibacker, watershed education coordinator for Oregon Sea Grant. “This money was available federally, we applied for it, and we are able to bring a heightened level of awareness to boaters before it became an issue.”

The pump and dump stations sit together like a washer and dryer set. These waste systems are helping protect the water quality of lakes and rivers throughout Oregon (Photo by Jeffrey Basinger).

Pump stations provide a way for boats with onboard holding tanks to drain their waste into sewers rather than the environment. Dump stations, on the other hand, are for boaters with a porta-potty setup that can be emptied. Together, Kleibacker says the pump and dump machines look like a washer and dryer next to the water.

OSMB was awarded money through the Clean Vessel Act to install these pump and dump stations along with floating restrooms for various bodies of water across the state. Following a successful invasive species partnership with Oregon Sea Grant, OSMB recruited the agency to help publicize the underutilized services.

The campaign is using short, clever videos produced by OSG to make boaters aware of the problem without pointing fingers. Each video is less than one minute, and features a sailor’s voice using entertaining phrases such as, “any skipper worth his salt.”

“What we’ve found is that boaters want to be a steward of clean water,” said Kleibacker. “They love boating and they want their water and their experience out there to be as clean and as nice as possible.”

Kleibacker and her team found that the most effective communication was the simplest: signage. Through focus groups, interviews, and conversations, they have developed effective signs and informational materials that are now placed around the sites.

Sea Grant has shared the results with both OSMB and other states involved in the grant funding. Three of those states have adopted the signage developed here, which Kleibacker says makes her feel like she is making a difference.

“We don’t have a lot of programs that are currently reaching out to recreational boaters, and I think that is such a heavy use group along the Oregon coast that it is a really important relationship for Sea Grant to have,” Kleibacker said.

Next summer, Kleibacker hopes to hire interns to help maintain that relationship. These students would spend the summer visiting the coastal sites to check on the facilities and talk with boaters and marine operators and staff about the program.

The pump and dump and floating restroom videos will soon be displayed on both the Oregon Sea Grant and OSMB websites. Until then, watch them – and share – on YouTube:

You can find a map of where to find pump and dump stations, along with floating restrooms at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/access/access.aspx#Where_to_Launch_in_Oregon

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Seeds of the Future

Small Farms Events - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:28pm
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

POSTER Includes tour of two seed farms, lunch and a class for begining seed farmers. REGISTER ON LINE
Specialty Seed Crops are a niche market for small, sustainable Rogue Valley Farms.  Tour two family farms currently working on innovative breeding projects and cooperative seed marketing.  In the afternoon, attend an optional class for Beginning Seed Growers taught by Don Tipping, owner of Siskiyou Seed's and a long-time seed grower.

Addresses and directions to the farms will be provided to participants.  Class size is Iimited to 30.

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Seeds of the Future

Small Farms Events - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:28pm
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Seed Breeding and Production in the Rogue Valley: 
A farm tour and Primer for Beginning Seed Farmers

Specialty Seed Crops represent a great niche market to small, sustainable farms in the Rogue Valley. Tour of two family farms currently working on innovative breeding projects and cooperative seed marketing. For people interested in growing specialty seed crops, attend an optional class for Beginning Seed Growers with Siskiyou Seed's owner and long-time seed grower Don Tipping in the afternoon. 

REGISTER ON LINE: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/farms  

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Comments on Oregon Sea Grant sought

Breaking Waves - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:54am

Oregon Sea Grant will be reviewed on Sept. 23-24, 2014 by a Site Review Team convened by the Director of the National Sea Grant College Program. Those associated or familiar with Oregon Sea Grant are invited to provide the review team with comments on any aspect of the program or its work up to one week prior to the review (no later than Sept. 16). You may submit written comments to oar.sg.feedback@noaa.gov

Additional information on the Oregon Sea Grant program can be found at http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/

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Yamhill County Twilight Tour

Forestry Events - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:42pm
Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you interested in adding native plant diversity on your property?  This event will interest you.  Paul Wilson and Linda Farris have been actively restoring a range of native grasses, shrubs, and trees to what was a neglected, invasives-filled hillside on their small woodland property.  We will see how they propagate their own plant materials, are creating a small oak meadow, a native hedgerow, and addition plant diversity to a young tree plantation.

No RSVP needed.

Plan for walking up and downhill short distances on gravel.  Located 0.1 mile past Quincy Grange; for detailed directions call the Extension office.