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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Each part consists of an evening classroom presentation at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, followed by a morning field practical at a local outdoor location.

Class meets Wednesdays (6 – 8:30 pm) and Thursdays (10 – noon). Topics for each month are:
April 19 & 20 – Farm and Forage Assessment
May 24 & 25 – Harvest Management
June 28 & 29 – Irrigation
August 16 and 17 – Fertility
September 20 and 21 – Renovation Techniques

Pre-registration and a $30 fee per part per ranch is required. There is a discounted price of $120 for signing up for all five parts. Click here for on-line registration. If you do not have Internet access, stop by or call the OSU Extension Linn County office, 541-248-1088 for assistance.

Speakers will be Shelby Filley, David Hannaway, Serkan Ates, Gene Pirelli, and Troy Downing, plus other OSU faculty and local experts.

This series will focus on a “project ranch” that we work on together, including site visits and on-line document sharing and blog. The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures. You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired. The objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

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CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

National Get Outdoors Day

Gardening Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (all day event)

The fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 from 10am-3pm at Peavy Arboretum. This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on activities to connect youth and families with the great outdoors. Spanish speaking volunteers will provide bilingual assistance. 

Join us and discover the forest in your backyard. For more information visit the website at: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/get-outdoors-day

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Monday, June 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Scientific Illustration Exhibition

Gardening Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:00 PM - Friday, June 9, 2017 5:00 PM



The Era of Megafires

Forestry Events - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:35pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"The Era of Megafires" presentation, is taking place at the OK Theater, in Enterprise, OR, on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, from 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm).  This is an outstanding multimedia presentation that has been seen by many, across the region, in recent months. It features Dr. Paul Hessburg, and is the culmination of his 3+ decades of research in the field.  As I've mentioned to many of you, this may be our final opportunity to experience this presentation/film in its current iteration - with Dr. Paul Hessburg present, live and in person, for a time of Q&A.  Please see the attached poster, for more details, as well as the link to the film's producers, North40Productions:


Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association Annual Tour & Picnic

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for a tour in the Applegate of the Griffin Lane property of Hope Robertson and Neal
Anderson. Hope and Neal have been taking care of this 242 acre property for 11 years. There will be a
walking tour of about 2 miles; a moderate hike with some uneven footing. There will also be a shorter,
flatter walking tour option. Bring water, hiking boots, and hiking poles if you wish.
Non-members welcome!

Tour topics and highlights:
• Home fire protection & defensible space
• Forest management
• Non-commercial thinning
• Trail-building
• Fuel reduction

Please bring: a chair, something to grill, eating utensils, a salad or dessert to share. Drinks and
barbeque grill and utensils will be provided. See directions to the property below.

*Please RSVP to (541) 776-7371

4-H Camp - Animal Planet Theme

4-H Events - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:30 AM - Friday, June 23, 2017 1:00 PM
4-H Camp is open to all youth who have completed 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.  You do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend!

Our resident, overnight camp is a fun adventure in outdoor living, supervised by a trained and responsible leadership team.  Swimming, hiking, crafts, games, archery, discovery sessions, new skills, new friends, singing, and nature study are all a part of the 4-H camp experience.

Cost:  $155/non 4-H members; $100/4-H members (This fee includes bus transportation to and from camp, meals, housing, crafts, t-shirt, backpack and many other camp program experiences.) No refunds after June 11th. Those living withing the city limits of Reedsport or Canyonville are required to pay the full $255 camp fee, due to living outside the Douglas County Extension Service Tax District.

Registration is available online at:  2017 4-H Camp Myrtlewood 

Click here for a flyer.

Alternative facts?

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 2:06pm
Alternative facts.

Never. Never. has evaluation been questioned with the label of “alternative facts.”

Over the years, I have been very aware that evaluation is a political activity.

I have talked about evaluation being political (here, and here, and here, and here ).

But is it? Is it just another way of making the answer be what we want it to be? A form of alternative fact?

I’ve been an evaluator for a long time. I want to make a difference to the people who experience my programs (or the programs for which I’m consulting as an external evaluator). The thought that I might be presenting “alternative facts” is troublesome.

Did I really determine that outcome? Or is the outcome bogus? Liars use statistics, you know. (This is a paraphrase of a quote that Mark Twain attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.)

Big news brings out the fakers. But are evaluation results “big news”? Or…do people not want to hear what is actually happening, what the outcome really is?

Reminds me of 1984 ( George Orwell): War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength (the English Socialist Party–aka. INGSOC). Kevin Siers added, in his cartoon of Sean Spicer,  “2017 is 1984”.  Two contradictory ideas existing at the same time as correct.


Statistics is a tool that evaluators use on a regular basis. It allows evaluators to tease apart various aspects of a program. The “who” , the “what”, the “when”, maybe even the “why”. Statistics can certainly help determine if I made a difference  But how I see statistics may not be how you see them, interpret them, use them. Two people can look at a set of statistics and say they do not agree. Is that an example of alternative facts?


Everyone comes to any program with preconceived bias. You, the evaluator, want to see a difference. Preferably a statistically significant difference, not just a practical significance (although that would be nice as well).

Even if you are dealing with qualitative data, and not with quantitative data yielding statistics, you come to the program with bias. Objectivity is not an option. You wouldn’t be doing the program if you didn’t think that the program will make a difference. Yet, the individuals who have funded the program (or in some other way are the folks who get the final report) can (and do) not accept the report as it is written. That is not what they want to see/hear/read. Does that make the report alternative facts? Or is bias speaking without acknowledging that bias?

Perhaps Kierkegaard is right.

There are only two ways you can be fooled.


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Small Farms Events - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join this webinar to learn about new and innovative uses of cover crops in organic vegetable and strawberry production.

Speakers will cover a range of topics including the use of cover crops in beds and furrows between black plastic mulch; using cover crops to reduce tillage and for nitrogen; and interseeding cover crops.

Join the webinar here: https://tilth.org/event/innovative-cover-crop-techniques/ 

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GARLIC FARM TOUR at Whistling Duck Farm

Small Farms Events - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A SOSGA Educational Program (Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association).

Take a tour of Whistling Duck Farm. Mary Alionis will discuss managing an online garlic seed company and explain garlic production and storage. She will demonstrate her paper pot transplanter.

For updates, go to:
To register, contact paula.burkhalter@oregonstate.edu or call 541-776-7371. Details and directions will be provided.

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Trees & Taxes

Forestry Events - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This class is a must for anyone with forest management expenses, recent forest income, or planning for future    income from their forestland. Many landowners are unaware of the special provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that pertain to forestland and income generated from their land. This session will help you improve the records you keep on your forestland as well as minimize the taxes that you pay for income generated by your forest.

Registration is required by June 16th. 


Hands-On Food Preservation Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hands- on Food Preservation classes offered

OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers are offering a series of hands-on food preservation classes this summer to help community members learn to preserve our fresh, local produce for year-round enjoyment.  Each class will focus on a different aspect of safe, healthy food preservation. These classes are appropriate for both novice food preservers and those with experience who hope to update their skills and knowledge. Classes can be taken individually or as a series and will be repeated each month (June, July, and August). All classes are held from 6-9 p.m. at the OSU Linn County Extension office, 33630 McFarland Rd, (corner of Old HWY 34 and McFarland Rd) Tangent.

Tuesday, June 6th; Wednesday, July 5th; Thursday, August 3rd

Preserving Fruit Products/Boiling Water Canning: This is where we begin. Review how and why different methods of preservation are used, basic techniques, necessary equipment, references and resources used for preserving fruits and fruit products.

Tuesday, June 13th; Wednesday, July 12th; Thursday, August 10th

Vegetables & Meat/ Pressure Canning and Drying: This class covers the safe and simple process of pressure canning vegetables and meats, including fish. Learn to use and care for your pressure canner then review tips for high-quality and nutritious dried foods.

Tuesday, June 20th; Wednesday, July 19th; Thursday, August 17th

Tomatoes, Sauces & Salsas: Tomatoes are the most preserved item of produce. This class covers options for preserving plain tomatoes, tomato sauces, juice and “The Laws of Salsa.” Make and compare a variety of salsas in class.

Tuesday, June 27th; Wednesday, July 26th; Thursday, August 24th

Pickle Making: Pickles are gaining popularity again. This class covers safe procedures for pickling vegetables, including fermented and fresh pack pickles, and selecting and preparing ingredients.

For more information and to register visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/food-preservation. Cost is $18 per class or $60 for the series
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Linn County Master Gardener Albany Garden Tour

Gardening Events - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 6:06am
Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Come join us on a self-guided tour of six of Albany's finest gardens! Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions at each location. Printed tickets with a map are available for purchase at the following nurseries:  Garland Nursery, Shonnard’s, Tom’s Garden Center, Nichols Garden Nursery and Green Thumb in Lebanon. Tickets can be purchased from the Albany Visitor Center as well. Or you can purchase tickets at http://www.linncountymastergardener.com

Small Forest Forum: Stories of small forest heros

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 2:35pm
Monday, June 19, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

They do right by the land and their land does right by them. 

This will be an interactive event exploring management strategies for small forest owners with an interest in combining income and habitat goals.  Our journey will be guided by the collective 200 years of forest management experience of six innovative woodland owners in the Willamette Valley. We will this will be an interactive and thought provoking presentation. Bring an open mind, full presence and your own opinion to share - this may shake you up. 

Instructor: Julian Geisel, Graduate Student, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Please note** this is not a lecture style class, discussion and sharing will be involved ** 

Please bring: An open mind, your kids, grandkids, a friend with a forest who has never been to an extension meeting, or your neighbor!

Warning: You will leave inspired, confused, with a plan for an experiment. You may also leave having made a new friend or even with an invitation. 


Monday June 19th, 2017

6:30 - 8:00 PM 


Kaufman House, Lane County Extension Office

996 Jefferson St

Eugene, OR 97402

View a map of the event. https://goo.gl/maps/mHjhmxgK7qQ2

Parking Directions: Parking is available in the gravel parking lot behind the office in the west Broadway alley south of W. Broadway and North of W10th. You can also park on the streets surrounding the building. Please enter the building at the ramp off of W10th. 


$5/ Family includes materials and refreshments



Pre-register online with a credit card (available until 5 PM Monday 6/19/2017).

By Mail or In Person

To pre-register by mail or in person, send or bring in the Registration Form along with a check made out to OSU Extension (must be received by 5 PM Friday 6/16).

Cancellations must be received one week prior to the event to be eligible for a refund.

Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association Annual Picnic and Woodland Farmer of the Year Tour: Camp Adams

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 2:39pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mark your calendar for the annual CCFFA Summer picnic on June 17, featuring a tour of Camp Adams, Woodland Farmer of the Year 2016. Camp Adams has 216 acres of woodlands with about two miles of stream running through it. Owned by the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ, Camp Adams has been a forest camp used by church groups of all ages since the 1940’s.

Bob and Natalie Becker have been the Directors of Camp Adams for five years, doing an amazing job of managing both the camp and the forest. Working with Barry Sims of Trout Mountain Forestry, they developed a forest management plan and obtained certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) criteria for sustainable forestry. Camp Adams exemplifies conservation-based management across diverse forest types, providing outstanding outdoor experiences for young campers and church retreatants.

Registration required, details to be finalized in early May. Send in the registration form on page 11, email Jean at
jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu or 503-655-8631. Visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas/forestry for
further details.

CPHHS Commencement Reception

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:42pm
Friday, June 16, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

All graduating students and their family are invited to the CPHHS Commencement Reception in the Women's Building Gymnasium. There will be appetizers, cake, photo booth, freebies, and faculty. Be sure to bring your family and a friends.

CPHHS Hooding Ceremony

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:42pm
Friday, June 16, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The hooding ceremony honors CPHHS graduate students, from all programs, who completed their master’s level or PhD degrees during academic year 2016-2017, which includes Fall 2016 through Summer 2017.

It is optional for students participating in the ceremony to wear the graduation regalia-cap, gown and hood. For those who choose to wear the regalia, the program adviser will "hood" them during the ceremony. Those choosing not to wear the regalia will be honored in the same way as those who wear the regalia, but they will not be hooded.

Hooding regalia is available to purchase (but NOT for rent) at the OSU Bookstore.

A reception hosted by our college will be held in the Women's Building on the same afternoon 1:30-3 p.m.. You and your family are cordially invited to attend both events.

Social justice training

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:42pm
Friday, June 16, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The CPHHS Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Enhancement team is excited to announce a social justice training opportunity specific to our college. Jane Waite, director of OSUs Social Justice Education Initiative, will offer two-hour training sessions focused on “Creating Equitable Teaching and Learning Environments.”

We encourage all engaged in teaching and mentoring to take advantage of this opportunity by attending one of the sessions. The session description, dates and registration links are posted below.

Creating Equitable Teaching and Learning Environments- What constitutes an equitable teaching and learning environment, and why are they so critical to equalizing student success? Why do various students experience the same classes so differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? Join the director of the Social Justice Education Initiative for this interactive and engaging workshop to explore these critical questions and more.

Register by clicking on the session you would like to attend.

Please note - the following time coincides with the graduate hooding ceremony.

Cruise, Fall, Buck & Scale

Forestry Events - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this field event we will take you through the process required to prepare a tree(s) for market.

Learn to use the Woodland Stick and tariff system to measure, Cruise, merchantable log volume. We will include simple shortcuts for estimating volume in a standing tree using only a loggers tape.

Then, we will cover the steps involved in evaluating a tree to be safely and properly cut down, Fall. This section will include a discussion on sighting, facing, the back cut, and escape route.

Once the tree is on the ground we will observe some sample purchase orders and discuss proper cutting techniques, Buck, that generate the greatest revenue from the tree.

After the logs have been bucked and limbed, we will observe the steps involved in westside grading and scaling procedures to determine individual log grade and volume, Scale.

Register Online (credit/debit) at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/classes-events
Or in person or by mail (check or cash) *must be received by Tuesday 6/13/17 by 5:00 PM
Make checks payable to: OSU Extension Service
Mail along with this form to: OSU Extension Forestry, PO Box 1165, Roseburg, OR 97470