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Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association

Forestry Events - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 2:48pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BBQ and Yamhill Co. Tree Farmer of the Year Tour at Terry and Ellen Lane's

5:00 social hour
6:00 eat and history of property
7:00 tour
You may bring a side dish.  Hamburgers, chips, and soda provided.
RSVP to hal.elin@gmail.com

PICNIC DIRECTIONS:

From Willamina, Sheridan, McMinnville and Lafayette take Abbey Rd, North and Merge onto Kuehne Rd, At Hy 240 turn right, Drive approximately, 2-3miles and turn right on Williamson Rd. This is a paved road but you will be turning left in 1/2 mile onto Williamson Rd, Continued, Drive 6/10s of a mile and turn Right onto the first paved driveway on the right going up the hill.

From Newberg, St. Paul, Sherwood, Take 99 South into Newberg, On Main St, Turn right. Follow the yellow line in the middle of the road approximately, 3 miles, Turn Left onto Red Hills Rd.  Go approximately 1.5 miles turn right onto Williamson Rd.  Take odometer reading now.  Go 1.2 miles, turn Left onto asphalt driveway going up the hill.

 Please park where you will be out of the way. Let the older people whom do not walk well park at the house. We will have the house temperature nice and cool. We look forward to sharing a burger and conversation. We will be cooking burgers and have chips and soda pop. Look forward to seeing all of you here.

Prioritizing restoration and enhancement of fish passage at stream-road crossings

Forestry Events - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Streams across the world are highly fragmented due to the presence of in-stream barriers (e.g., dams and stream-road crossings), many of which restrict or block fish passage. Retrofitting or replacing these structures is a high priority for restoring habitat connectivity for native fishes and other aquatic organisms in the Pacific Northwest.

The task of restoring habitat connectivity for problematic stream-road crossings is daunting given the many thousands of barriers that are present and the massive financial investments required. Further, the potential risks to road infrastructure from flooding, debris flows, and climate change will need to be addressed to ensure the best allocation of resources.

Register for the webinar, HERE

Managing Dryland for Livestock

Small Farms Events - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

July 21 - Managing Dryland for Livestock
Sept. 15 - Livestock First Aid and Parasite Management
Oct. 6 - Dealing With Drought

5:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
$15 per session or $100 to attend all Sessions
Contact OSU KBREC for More Information

(541) 883-7131
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/kbrec/
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/kbrec/sites/default/files/klamath_small_farms_series.pdf
6923 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR
97603
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First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 2:35pm
Monday, July 20, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

BUILDING A LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY in COLOMBIA

Small Farms Events - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 2:36pm
Sunday, July 19, 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A fascinating program by Andrea Burniske, International Extension Program Coordinator for the College of Agriculture's International Programs in Agriculture, where she develops small farms projects in Guinea and Colombia. Her years of experience include 15 years in Tajikistan, Peru, Colombia and Russia.
Local food production and processing has led to the revival of rural communities and a rebirth of the culture of growing food across America. Small farmers in Colombia require the kind of technical assistance and access to markets that they do anywhere. Hear about what Andrea and her team are doing to revive small farming communities abroad. REGISTER ON LINE

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Chance or choice?

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:39pm

“fate is chance; destiny is choice”.

Went looking for who said that originally so that I could give credit. Found this as the closest saying: “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

William Jennings Bryan

 

Evaluation is like destiny. There are many choices to make. How do you choose? What do you choose?

Would you listen to the dictates of the Principal Investigator even if you know there are other, perhaps better, ways to evaluate the program?

What about collecting data? Are you collecting it because it would be “nice”? OR are you collecting it because you will use the data to answer a question?

What tools do you use to make your choices? What resources do you use?

I’m really curious. It is summer and although I have a list (long to be sure) of reading, I wonder what else is out there, specifically relating to making choices? (And yes, I could use my search engine; I’d rather hear from my readers!)

Let me know. PLEASE!

my .

molly.

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Clatskanie Log Quality Session

Forestry Events - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:35pm
Friday, July 17, 2015 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This year the Clatskanie log quality session will be held on Friday July 17th 12:30 PM @ the Clatskanie log yard.  We will start the session with lunch followed by a log rollout where we will look at grades, defect decisions, and overall log quality issues.  Following the rollout those who are interested will go on a mill tour and look at some of the products the mill produces.  We would encourage those directly responsible for log quality to attend.  Please RSVP with a total number of attendees by company no later than July 7th.

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:35pm
Friday, July 17, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 2:36pm
Thursday, July 16, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

HMSC Visitor Center seeks a new octopus

Sea Grant - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:39pm

NEWPORT – The Visitor Center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center is looking for a new giant Pacific Octopus to occupy its central public tank, empty since the demise of its previous octopus, Patriot, a few months ago.

The octopus tank is one of the center’s most popular exhibits, and helps teach thousands of visitors young and old about cephalopod behavior and biology during three-times-a-week public feedings. It’s also the star of the OctoCam, a live, streaming, 24-hour Web cam that gives Internet users a glimpse of how the animals live in a simulated ocean environment.

The center’s animal husbandry staff typically receive young octopuses as donations from commercial or recreational fishermen who bring the curious, intelligent animals up in crab pots and other fishing gear, but none have been offered, so aquarists are trying to get the word out.

Donors get to choose the new octopus’s name, and know that they are helping teach the public about marine animals and conservation.

For more information, or to donate an octopus, call (541) 867-0215 or (410) 991-9753.

The HMSC Visitor Center is open from 10 am to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day weekend. Admission is by donation.

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HMSC Visitor Center seeks a new octopus

Breaking Waves - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:39pm

NEWPORT – The Visitor Center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center is looking for a new giant Pacific Octopus to occupy its central public tank, empty since the demise of its previous octopus, Patriot, a few months ago.

The octopus tank is one of the center’s most popular exhibits, and helps teach thousands of visitors young and old about cephalopod behavior and biology during three-times-a-week public feedings. It’s also the star of the OctoCam, a live, streaming, 24-hour Web cam that gives Internet users a glimpse of how the animals live in a simulated ocean environment.

The center’s animal husbandry staff typically receive young octopuses as donations from commercial or recreational fishermen who bring the curious, intelligent animals up in crab pots and other fishing gear, but none have been offered, so aquarists are trying to get the word out.

Donors get to choose the new octopus’s name, and know that they are helping teach the public about marine animals and conservation.

For more information, or to donate an octopus, call (541) 867-0215 or (410) 991-9753.

The HMSC Visitor Center is open from 10 am to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day weekend. Admission is by donation.

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First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:36pm
Monday, July 13, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

Hopkins Community Forest Day

Forestry Events - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Projects and Events
-Big-leaf Maple Removal
We need to tackle some big leaf maple and we are going to turn some of those maple canes into tree cookies and walking sticks to use at the Forest of Arts.

-Bus Parking

Since the day is going to be cool (I hope), we are going to tackle the bus parking area and get it ready for the Forest of Arts weekend as well.

-Firewood

The maple tree located between Hopkins Hall and the Forest Host will be cut-up for removed. The County Crew will process it into firewood after lunch, as well as do some work down in the forest retrieving some already cut blowdown.

Lunch is provided.

For more information, visit http://www.demonstrationforest.org

Summer Picnic of the Linn County Chapter OSWA

Forestry Events - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 2:35pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Udell family will be hosting the annual picnic and tour at their Happy Valley Tree Farm near Lebanon. There will be activities for all ages. The morning tour will include thinning plots from an OSU thinning study in the 80’s, two ponds, a small clearcut, and firewood bundling activities with the Oregon Woodland Coop. Kids can learn about forestry and insects with Fay.

Hotdogs, paper plates, flatware, cups, coffee and water will be provided. Bring a potluck dish or two that you can share.

First-year START orientation

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:53pm
Friday, July 10, 2015 (all day event)

First-year START is an extensive two-day orientation, advising, and registration program with sessions offered June through September, attendance on both days is required. New Student Programs also offers a program for parents and family members of first-year students on the same day for an additional fee.

For more information, registration and other START session dates see First-Year START Information

Mechanized Thinning Demonstration and BBQ

Forestry Events - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:53pm
Friday, July 10, 2015 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

A commercial thinning will be underway at Miller Woods this summer. Come view the active thinning operation and see Ponsse harvesting and forwarding equipment in action. BBQ following the tour. Hamburgers and hotdogs provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sponsored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District. Please RSVP

Reflections from the Trail

Tree Topics - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:36am

Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension agent, Benton, Linn and Polk Counties.

I recently did a backpacking trip with my daughter, about a 12 year long summer tradition. This year we did a section of the Pacific Crest Trail starting at the California border, travelling “north” to Howard Prairie Reservoir. We actually travelled much farther east than north, ending up only about 10 miles north of California after 55 miles on the trail.
This was really the first time I spent much time in the Siskiyous. I have always heard great things about that landscape from friends and colleagues who have worked or played down there.
The landscape, geology and soils of that region are quite diverse and often quite different from other parts of the state. We spent time hiking through very interesting and diverse mixed conifer forests and meadows with many familiar as well as unfamiliar shrubs and flowers. We really enjoyed the chance to experience the Siskiyous for ourselves. On this dry year, we saw no snow and had pretty long stretches between water. But mosquitos were scarce.
Another rather unusual characteristic of this section of the PCT is the relatively large amount of private lands traversed. Much of the Oregon PCT travels through National Forest lands. In Southern Oregon we were in part of the checkerboard of BLM and private lands. It turns out that I know a few of those private family landowners who have long been encouraging us hike that section.
Jud Parsons met us at his gate at the end of our second day on the trail with a smile and jug of fresh water. He then gave us a tour of the family’s property near Mount Ashland. Jud has a great knowledge and deep connection to this land, most of which was purchased by his grandfather over a hundred years ago. We rumbled around in the old Chevy looking at a recent selective harvest, visiting some favorite trees, talking about history and a century of family ties to the land in southern Oregon. That history included the establishment of the ski road and also the PCT, of which the family hosts about two or three miles as it passes back and forth between their property and the BLM. Just a couple of weeks earlier, he had hiked his section of the trail with a chainsaw to clear the trail of a tangle of snags that came down in a winter storm. The trail is now part of that land and its stewardship.
I imagine some of you are beginning to feel sorry for me, or certainly my daughter, for interrupting a perfectly good wilderness experience for a busman’s holiday to a family forestland. Don’t be. Visiting a place, woodland or other, with somebody so familiar with and having such deep roots to a place has always been a cherished experience for me, and for my daughter too. We loved the visit with Jud on his property, and already look back at it as one of the highlights of the trip due to all the new dimensions it added.
The visit gave us a perspective that is inaccessible to most hikers on the PCT who often dash along the trail unaware of the ecological, social or historical context of the land they pass through. This is understandable since they have to rely on a sparse, landscape-impoverished guidebook, much to their loss. I am once again grateful for the chance to work with the landowner community, which affords me so many pleasures and benefits – including a jug of water and patch of cherished ground to camp on.

 

 

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Free overnight STEM camp for 7th-8th grade girls

Breaking Waves - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 8:49am

NEWPORT – Seventh and eighth grade girls on the Oregon Coast can get a taste of what it’s like to be an engineer or marine scientist at a free overnight camp Aug. 17-18 at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and the neighboring Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Sponsored by the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, the camp will give girls a chance to work with researchers at Hatfield Marine Science Center in the labs and in the field, and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours with women in aquarium careers. They’ll also get to spend the night in the Shark Tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium! Meals are provided.

Registration is limited; learn more and sign up at  http://ow.ly/PrC5W.

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