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Summer Picnic and Tour, Benton Chapter Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc.

Forestry Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:00 PM

Come and enjoy a potluck picnic with fellow small woodland owners and friends at Fort Hoskins Park, in the Kings Valley area. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided.

Tour following the picnic is a short drive up the road to the Schmidt Family Forest, Hoskins property.

Directions: From Corvallis take Hwy 20 west to the Kings Valley Hwy 223. Turn right on Hwy 223 and go about 5 miles. Turn left on Hoskins road. The entrance to the park is on the right about a mile from Hwy 223

Summer Picnic Potluck/Linn Chapter OR Small Woodlands Assoc.

Forestry Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Linn County Chapter of the Small Woodlands Association is hosting this get together at Henry Wolthius’s property. Save the date and watch for more details.

Vegetable Insect IPM Series - Carrot rust fly, Cabbage maggot, & Other Pests

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Thursday, September 8, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Are you interested in learning more about managing vegetable insect pests on your farm? Join us for one, two or all three workshops this growing season.

All classes will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center 

Pleae visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/vegetable-insect-ipm-series-aurora for registration information and the workshop agenda

Each workshop will cover Integrated Pest Management principles, pest and beneficial id, scouting and trapping, insect life cycles, disease transmission and organic strategies for managing pests.

Participants will receive a hand lens, handouts, and a SARE thumb drive loaded with IPM resources.

Instructors include Nick Andrews, Heather Stoven, Heidi Noordijk; OSU Extension, John Maurer; Evergreen Growers Supply, Michelle Armstrong; Wilbur-Ellis, Hillary Sardinas; Xerces Society.
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NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

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Leave a Legacy: Land Conservancy Agreements

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Craig Harper of SOLC.
Want your land stewardship/management values to continue when you move on to greener pastures? Craig Harper of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will walk you through the possibilities and processes of this options and share some examples from SOLC.

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Compost Trouble Shooting

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Instructor:  Chris Hjerrild, Master Gardener

Already have a compost system, but still have questions or need help?  Get your questions answered in this fun class

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Polk County Fair Beautification Day

Gardening Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Polk County Ford Institute Leadership Cohort, in conjunction with the Polk County Fairgrounds Board, invite you to join us on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 for the “Polk County Fairgrounds Beautification Day.”  All Polk County residents and families are invited to volunteer from 9:00am to 1:00pm to complete projects around the Fairgrounds.  Projects will include repairing, repainting and building sheep and goat panels, constructing and painting small animal trays, and other projects to prepare for the 2016 Polk County Fair and other events.   All ages and skill levels are needed, so bring the family!  The day will conclude with a celebration of everyone’s efforts. 
 
Visit our website at http://www.polkswcd.com/polk-county-fair-beautification-day.html for information, to register to volunteer, or to provide a tax-deductible cash donation.  All donations collected will be used for supplies needed on July 23. 
 
For additional information, contact Karin Stutzman at manager@polkswcd.com or 503.623.9680 x110.
 
The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with the mission of creating successful citizens and vital rural communities.  Since its start in 1957, one of the main purposes of the Foundation is to provide leadership training and grants that benefit communities in rural Oregon.  For more information about the Foundation, visitwww.tfff.org.

Polk County Master Gardener Chapter Meeting and Program

Gardening Events - 1 hour 53 min ago
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Program presenter – Educator and PCMG member Carol Infranca will enlighten us about Social Media. Carol  travels extensively to educate people about social media …. What it is, what it can do, how we can best use it, where it may be found, and why it is a tool for Master Gardeners.

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week at OSU

Environment Events - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - Friday, July 29, 2016 (all day event)

July 27th and 29th

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice

Every summer, OSU sponsors and hosts the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW) camp in Weatherford Hall. At YEBW, high school students spend the week running through business simulations and developing original business products to present at the end of the week. They form companies, step into management roles and develop presentations for a panel of judges posing as shareholders, stockholders or potential investors.

Judging at YEBW is fun and a great opportunity to help local high school students develop business leadership, teamwork and presentation skills. It is an especially good fit for any of you who are in the area this summer and have an interest in furthering your business savvy! The students work hard and want to impress you and the other judges with their presentations; this is your chance to provide feedback and guidance as an established college student. 

You will also have the opportunity to network with the rest of the judges who are business professionals; this is the first year YEBW is trying out having college students involved as judges—so the majority of judges will be members of industry.

If you decide to participate in one of these events, please register via the information provided above and email Scott Paja (scott.paja@oregonstate.edu) indicating such—we will record your attendance in the Academy Portal and you will be expected to complete the follow up processing survey as is typical.  

Details and required event registrations are available in the Academy Portal for members.

NOT A MEMBER? SUBMIT YOUR application TODAY!
(All OSU students in good academic standing are eligible to apply)

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

Environment Events - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 PM - Friday, July 29, 2016 12:00 PM

Every summer, OSU sponsors and hosts the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW) camp in Weatherford Hall.  At YEBW, high school students spend the week running through business simulations and developing original business products to present at the end of the week. They form companies, step into management roles and develop presentations for a panel of judges posing as shareholders, stockholders or potential investors.

 

Judging at YEBW is fun and a great opportunity to help local high school students develop business leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.  It is an especially good fit for any of you who are in the area this summer and have an interest in furthering your business savvy!  The students work hard and want to impress you and the other judges with their presentations; this is your chance to provide feedback and guidance as an established college student.  

NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:33pm
Friday, July 29, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

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Innovation

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 1:37pm

Recently, I read a Washington Post article on innovation. The WP  interviewed Calestous Juma (see below), author of the July, 2016 book, “Innovation and Its Enemies:Why People Resist New Technologies.” The book was published by Oxford University Press (prestigious, to be sure). Priced at $29.95 plus an estimated s/h of $5.50, it sounds like a good purchase.  There is quite a bit of information about the book and the author on the Oxford University Press site.  This prompted me to think about what has changed in evaluation (not just technology) over the last 30+ years. First, though, I want to talk about the article.

Article by Juma.

Calestous Juma (Courtesy of Harvard)

Juma says that “people don’t fear innovation simply because the technology is new, but because innovation often means losing a piece of their identity or lifestyle.” He goes on to say that “Innovation can also separate people from nature or their sense of purpose.” He argues that these two things are fundamental to the humon experience. I have talked about sense of purpose previously. I wonder if nature is part of purpose or if a sense of purpose comes from a person’s nature?

One’s temperament or one’s nature?

I think the later since the person’s temperament (nature)  is hard wired at birth at least according to Stella Chess , Alexander Thomas , and Herbert G. Birch .

Chess, Thomas, and Birch* describe the individual with three patterns:

  • Easy: Children have a positive mood and are adaptable; they are moderate in activity and intensity and are interested in new things;
  • Difficult: Children with a negative mood and are intense and low in adaptability;
  • Slow to warm up: Children who do not adapt well to change, withdraw in new settings, and are shy, although they adapt well if given time.

They attribute about 40% of individuals as “easy”, 10% as “difficult” and 15% as “slow to warm up”. We will not be concerned with the remaining 35% of individuals as they have a mix of traits and do not fall into one of these three groups. The 25% (difficult and slow to warm up) are what are applicable to Juma’s premise. They find change hard (low adaptability or slow to adapt). These individuals are not the change agents, not the early adapters. They are the individuals that Juma says that “innovation…means loosing a piece of their identity or lifestyle”.  The new technology is interesting and not for them. Because I can certainly identify–the phrase “kicking and screaming” comes to mind–change is hard.

Change is hard.

This approach certainly applies to evaluation.  I introduced the concept of “systems” and “systems thinking” at the presidential plenary when I was AEA president; I got a lot of flack. Yes, I presented the concept in simple terms (did I intuit what Juma would write about?); yes, I did not expand on the complexity of the concept (systems is very complex). Today, there is a Topical Interest Group (TIG) on this topic. (If you enter “systems” in the AEA search box, it will return over 9,000 individual posts.) Bob Williams has written much on this topic; I would call him an early adapter.

There is a lot more I can say about evaluation and will in the coming weeks.

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*References

Chess, S., Thomas, A., & Birch, H. G. (1965). Your child is a person. NY, NY: The Viking Press.

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WOWNet Adante Vineyard Tour

Forestry Events - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join other WOWNet ladies on July 28 at 10:30 am on a WOWNet Adante Vineyard Tour. Adante is a local vineyard in Newberg, Oregon. Their focus is not only on grape management but also on forest management practices, including Oak restoration. It is going to be a very unique WOWNet tour and will include a tour of the vineyard and potentially some samples of the wine produced at Adante. Lunch will be provided, but there is no cost!

Andante Vineyard can be found online at http://andantevineyard.com/

Registration is required.

Your Legacy, Your Land

Forestry Events - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our monthly Your Legacy, Your Land Webinars.  We are partnering with OSU and their Ties to the Land program to connect you with experts as you work through your plans.  On the fourth Thursday of every month at 11 pm (PST), we will discuss a different topic associated with your legacy plan, from setting goals to communicating with your family to understanding the different estate planning tools.   Register for each webinar: http://mylandplan.org/content/your-legacy-your-land-monthly-webinar-series

Washington County Small Woodlands Association

Forestry Events - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Approximate Coordinates of meeting place: 45°26'14.1"N, 123°04'12.6"W

   (see directions below)

The Chehalem Ridge Metro property continues to be an excellent example of active management activities, particularly with a variety of thinning projects.

For this tour we will visit an active oak savanna restoration, see 4 years of cut-to-length thinning in young plantations, and visit a 2014 thinning in a mature mixed fir / madrone / oak woodland with some spectacular madrone.

Parking and driving directions: 

The WCSWA group will meet by the entrance gate to Chehalem Ridge (on Dixon Mill Road). Parking is available at the meeting place. Get directions from your starting point to Gaston, then follow these directions. As you head south on Highway 47 into Gaston, turn left onto Main Street to head east. Main Street becomes Gaston Road. You’ll pass Spring Hill Road and then come to a curve that automatically takes you left onto Hardebeck Road. Take the immediate right onto Dixon Mill Road and head east for approximately 2.3 miles. The turnoff for Chehalem Ridge will be on your left, and you will see a gate and the plantation. Allow about one hour from Portland, 20 minutes from Hillsboro and 10 minutes from Forest Grove. (Note: if you are coming from the east or south east, there is a more circuitous route from Unger Road off Hwy 219 south of Hillsboro to Iowa Hill Road, then west as Iowa Hill Road becomes Dixon Mill Road). 

Polk County Fair Beautification Day

4-H Events - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Polk County Ford Institute Leadership Cohort, in conjunction with the Polk County Fairgrounds Board, invite you to join us on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 for the “Polk County Fairgrounds Beautification Day.”  All Polk County residents and families are invited to volunteer from 9:00am to 1:00pm to complete projects around the Fairgrounds.  Projects will include repairing, repainting and building sheep and goat panels, constructing and painting small animal trays, and other projects to prepare for the 2016 Polk County Fair and other events.   All ages and skill levels are needed, so bring the family!  The day will conclude with a celebration of everyone’s efforts. 
 
Visit our website at http://www.polkswcd.com/polk-county-fair-beautification-day.html for information, to register to volunteer, or to provide a tax-deductible cash donation.  All donations collected will be used for supplies needed on July 23. 
 
For additional information, contact Karin Stutzman at manager@polkswcd.com or 503.623.9680 x110.
 
The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with the mission of creating successful citizens and vital rural communities.  Since its start in 1957, one of the main purposes of the Foundation is to provide leadership training and grants that benefit communities in rural Oregon.  For more information about the Foundation, visitwww.tfff.org.

Umatilla County Fair Clean-Up Day

4-H Events - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
All Umatilla County 4-H and FFA exhibitors are asked to come help clean and set-up for the Umatilla County Fair.

Columbia County Small Woodlands Association/OSU Extension Service

Forestry Events - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Situated along the Nehalem River between Mist and Birkenfeld, the 155-acre Cedar Row Farm was purchased by CCSWA member Eve Lonnquist’s grandmother in 1916.  Eve is currently the primary farm manager and will be hosting and leading this summer’s tour.

Coffee and donuts will be ready at 8:00 am.  At 9:00 the tour will begin with an introduction to the farm and a firewood bundling demo. Cedar Row Farm sells bundled firewood through the Oregon Woodland Cooperative (OWC). Eve will demonstrate how wood from the farm is cut and bundled to OWC’s standards, and then sold directly to Portland area supermarkets.

Attendees will see a variety of management activities on the farm. There are several small alder plantations of various ages in areas that were afflicted by root rot. Successes and not-so-successes with alder will be discussed.  We will also see a recent thinning and the logger will be on hand to discuss the job and demonstrate the equipment he used (a modified excavator). Finally, we will see some 15-year-old tree plantings along the river that were financed through cost-share assistance, and see what the beavers have been up to down there.

A BBQ ribs lunch with all the sides catered by Sunshine Pizza is included. Vegetarian options too. Lunch is provided to all attendees courtesy of CCSWA. Non-CCSWA members, please consider a cash donation to cover your lunch cost.

Remember, family is invited. Please include the number in your party when you RSVP to Mark Dreyer at 503-369-9592 or mdreyer51@msn.com by July 17th RSVP is needed for an accurate food order, please!  

Directions (look for yellow “Tree Tour” signs en route):

Address: 11875 Lonnquist Rd, Birkenfeld, OR 97016

From the junction of Hwy 47 and Hwy 202 in Mist: Follow Hwy 202 north for 4.3 miles. Turn right on Fishhawk Rd. Cross the Nehalem River and take the first right onto Lonnquist Rd. Follow the instructions for parking.

 

Thinking

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:45pm

Thinking. We do it all the time (hopefully). It is crucial to making even the smallest decisions (what to wear, what to eat), and bigger decisions (where to go, what to do). Given this challenging time, even news watchers would be advised to use evaluative and critical thinking.  Especially since evaluation is an everyday activity.

This graphic was provided by WNYC. (There are other graphics; use your search engine to find them.)This graphic makes good sense to me and this applies to almost every news cast (even those without a shooter!).

Above is something that consumers can use to measure the various sources of information that are available daily, especially in these challenging political times. (No, I won’t get into what makes those time challenging; suffice it to say that reacting is not necessarily the best approach, and I see a lot of reacting lately.) Evaluative thinking means that the evaluator measures what has made a difference in a person’s life. Critical thinking means that the individual (in this case the evaluator) asks the important questions, allows individuals to weigh the issues.

Probably the best way you can make a difference (in your life, the lives of significant others, in the world) is to use evaluative thinking. Can the criteria being used be measured? Do the words have an agreed upon definition? Is there any consensus to the issue? If not, why not?

If you do not know if you are thinking evaluatively or thinking critically, stop and ponder. Use your search engine. Study the issues. Do not react to them. Do not blindly follow where others lead. Do not accept what others tell you. Check it out. Fact check. There are independent sources available to help you (Politifact, for example). Reacting is only reinforcing the current state of affairs; be thoughtful. Think.

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Misletoes

Forestry Events - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 2:36pm
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016 (all day event)

Join us July 17th-22nd, 2016 at Southern Oregon University in beautiful Ashland, Oregon (USA). The five-day event will include plenary sessions on a variety of topics related to Mistletoe: Wildlife & Ecology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Host/Parasite Interactions, and Recent Taxonomic Changes. The meeting will also include two field tours and great networking opportunities with your international colleagues.

For more information, http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mistletoe/

Submit abstracts by March 15th, 2016. Registration opens April 1st.