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Sick Trees in Curry County

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 2:39pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn about two serious health issues on the South Coast - Port Orford Cedar Root Diease and Sudden Oak Death.    Identification, introduction histories, disease spread, management, partnerships and breeding programs to create resistant seedlings.  Sign-up opportunity for low cost disease resistant Port Orford Cedar seedlings in Curry County.

Native Trees Walk Identification & Silvics

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 2:39pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Bring your lunch to eat while we have a short “classroom” session. Then we will head outside and take a walk through the Native Oregon Plant Park! Water & iced tea provided.

Learn to identify and care for your trees!
Trouble distinguishing White and Black Oaks? Wondering if that huge cedar is an Incense, PortOrford, or Western red? Love, care, and health of your trees can only be enhanced by learning about what you've got. This seminar with give you all the tricks of the trade to identify the Native tress in Douglas County –even the look-alikes! This seminar will also discuss the tree’s life characteristics, so you know how to give your trees what they need to stay healthy.

*Register online! Visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/classes-events to sign-up & pay online!*


Registration in person or by mail (must be received by Monday, September 19th):
Make checks payable to OSU Extension Service and mail along with this form to:
OSU Extension Service, Attn: Forestry, PO Box 1165, Roseburg, OR 97470

2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 2:39pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm

Implementing decision support for IPM in Christmas Trees Workshop

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ODA Pesticide credits requested. There is no fee for this program but registration is required.

More information,

Implementing Decision Support for IPM in Christmas Trees Workshop

Welcome Social for new PHHS students

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Grab a bite to eat, mingle with faculty and students, get information on student clubs, study abroad programs, and more.  Don't forget to pick up a new Planner (free)!

Poultry In Motion

Small Farms Events - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 2:53pm
Monday, September 19, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Logan Miller, Grange Co-op, will present a comprehensive class regarding poultry care from egg to crock pot. She will discuss nutrition, rearing, basic medical and homeopathy principles, and gardening for and with your backyard flock. The slide show and open format is suitable for all ages.

 

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Build local alliance summer tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 2:47pm
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The tour will focus on how a local network of committed individuals and companies can bring sustainably-grown and -harvested wood to the marketplace.  We’ll have three engaging and informative tour stops that trace the pathway of one project’s wood, as it makes its way from forest to facade.

For more information, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-local-alliance-summer-tour-tickets-27074653016 

25th Anniversary Celebration

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 2:47pm
Saturday, September 17, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drought, Mistletoes, Root Rots and Beetles

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Morning Classroom Topics and Speakers:
• Important bark beetles of eastern Oregon: what you need to know, Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry Entomologist
• Dwarf mistletoe’s of the region: impact, benefits and management, Dave Shaw, OSU Extension Forest Health Specialist
• Root diseases: what to look for and how to manage, Sarah Navarro, Oregon Department of Forestry Pathologist
• Silvicultural strategies for healthy forests, Steve Fitzgerald, OSU Extension Silviculture Specialist and Director of College Research Forests

After the classroom sessions we’ll head out to several field sites that will focus on the morning topics as well as talk about slash management, drought effects/management and other forest health issues important locally. Dave Shaw will be bringing a few of his students along to participate.

For the field session, there will be some van space available, otherwise we will car pool from Cloverleaf Hall. Please bring your own lunch and water/drinks and be prepared for some walking in the forest.

So we can plan for handouts and snacks please register by Tuesday, September 13!

This will be a great opportunity to learn about some of the more important forest health issues facing management of our Blue Mountain forest and discuss management opportunities for enhancing healthy forests of eastern Oregon. So, bring your questions and get ready for informative and even lively discussions with forest health specialists from around the state!

Regional Forest Health Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Audience: professional land managers, woodland owners, students, contractors

This educational opportunity will focus on three major insect/disease issues common in northeast Oregon and their management: 1) Important bark beetles of eastern Oregon: what you need to know; 2) Dwarf mistletoe’s of the region: impact, benefits and management; and 3) Root diseases: what to look for and how to manage. We’ll throw in some management perspectives: silvicultural strategies for healthy forests.

Master Woodland Manager Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Do you want to make sure your forest is resilient to fire, pests or diseases?  Are you interested in how your land can better suit wildlife, timber production, or recreation? Would you like to make sure your roads are well-built, and know that you filed your taxes correctly? The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) program shows you how to “read” your woodland by understanding local ecological factors as well as how to conduct assessments to determine where your woodland is heading as it grows and matures. You will learn how various management activities can help you meet your long term vision for the property.   This is the flagship course of the OSU Extension Forestry program.  MWM volunteers represent a 20 year legacy, and include a wide array of people and woodlands throughout Oregon. Whether you own 5 or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you gain skills for tending your woodland and provide opportunities to share your passion for stewardship.  View the Master Woodland Manager application/registration brochure.

Small Farm School

Small Farms Events - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 (all day event)

Small Farm School is a full day of hands-on and classroom workshops for beginning commercial farmers and rural land owners.
Topics for 2016 include hazlenut production, pollinator health and habitat, goat management, soil and pasture care, fencing for grazing,  business classes and many others.

Registration opens on July 12, 2016

Visit the Small Farm School Website for more information.
http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school

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2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm

Decisions. Decisions.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:24pm
Decisions

How do we make decisions when we think none of the choices are good?  

(Thank you for this thought, Plexus Institute.)

No, I’m not talking about the current political situation in the US. I’m talking about evaluation.

The lead for this email post was “Fixing the frame alters more than the view“.

Art Markman makes this comment (the “how do we make decisions…” comment) here. He says “If you dislike every choice you’ve got, you’ll look for one to reject rather than one to prefer—subtle difference, big consequences.” He based this opinion on research, saying that the rejection mind-set allows us to focus on negative information about options and fixate on the one with the smallest downside.

Rejection mind-set

Evaluation is one area where the evaluator must often choose between the lesser of two evils.

For example, suppose you (the evaluator) gets asked to “retrofit” an evaluation on a program; that retrofit is a happiness questionnaire (you know, how satisfied are the participants with the program delivery).

Now y’all know that the evaluator needs to be included in the planning stages of the program.

Y’all also know that measuring the satisfaction of the participants doesn’t tell you much (if anything).

It certainly doesn’t tell you if a difference was made in learning, behavior, and/or conditions. So what do you do?

Lesser of two options

So what do you do?

Read the research.

Identify the options (even though they are less than desirable).

Make a choice.

See if you can change the frame. See what difference you can make.

Choice

The choice I made in the above situation was to change the frame.

I offered a post then pre approach. This avoids happiness questionnaires (or can). And it can offer a difference made in learning, even if retrofitted. It has the smallest downside.

I don’t like to retrofit an evaluation; sometimes it is the lesser of two evils.

Doing what we can

As Stake says, “We promise more than we can really do.”  As evaluators, we continue to do and in the process improve our programs, policies, and organizations. (thank you M. Justin Miller and Tiffany Smith for these wise words).

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Oregon Forest Pest Detectors Training

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Oregon Forest Pest Detector training program is designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests in Oregon, including the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Oregon Forest Pest Detectors are the front line of defense against these potentially high-risk forest pest invasions. We need people who are killed in recognizing the signs and symptoms of EAB and ALB so that we can quickly respond before they become established in Oregon.

The training will teach you how to identify these insects, their hosts, and their signs and symptoms; and what to do if you find an infested tree. This free course is great for anyone who is involved with tree care in urban or natural areas. The training has two parts: a self-paced, online prerequisite course followed by a field workshop.  

CEUs are available for ODA/WSDA pesticide applicators, ISA, SAF, and Master Gardeners/Naturalists.   For a full course schedule and registration visit our website: http://pestdetector.forestry.oregonstate.edu

CROP UP DINNER & Market Showcase

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The event has two main components– a market event beginning at 5:30 pm and a dinner. The market event is simply a mini-farmers’ market with local growers offering part of their harvest and interacting with guests and buyers. Local food companies will also be on hand. ODA and OSU will have educational booths providing handouts and other materials promoting Oregon specialty crops. After the interactions, conversations, and education, it will be time to sit down for a fun and delicious dinner.

Admission is $20 per person. There are 100 tickets available per event. Each ticket provides access to the farmers’ market showcase as well as the full dinner and entertainment for the evening.

Information and Registration:
http://fic.oregonstate.edu/crop-dinner-series-market-showcase-0

Call to Purchase Tickets: Catherine at the Food Innovation Center (503) 872-6680

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The Era of Megafires

Forestry Events - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, September 12, 2016 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us for food, a presentation, and community dialog about wildfire, smoke, and community resiliency with Dr. Paul Hessburg. This will be an entertaining, exciting, and important evening as we in Ashland tackle wildfire’s threat to our way of life, economy, and natural world. Please join us for this free event with a reception at 5:45pm. Please send this invite to anyone interested!

The Era of Mega Fires is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg. Hessburg is with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, in Wenatchee, WA, and the University of

Washington, Seattle, where he has researched wildfire and landscape ecology for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts. Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces.

Poplar for Biofuels

Forestry Events - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, September 12, 2016 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a tour and lunch! Register at http://goo.gl/forms/h5dO0E0SLfmNhZMH2

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) invites you to join AHB researchers for a day out in the field. We will be visiting AHB’s Jefferson Demonstration Site. The hybrid poplars near Jefferson, Oregon will be showing much of their full re-growth potential as they continue into their third growing season after being initially harvested in the fall of 2013. Lunch included!

As a purpose-grown crop for bioenergy, the poplars highlight their potential as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel and biochemical production in the Willamette Valley.

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 2:33pm
Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

This is your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland. Volunteers help with all the essential seasonal tasks of managing a working demonstration forest. Learning by doing – it’s the Hopkins way we manage our forest.

September 10: Cleaning and staining of Everett (Forest) Hall, foot bridge maintenance, and preparations forHopkins 25th Anniversary rededication on September 17.

Registration is requested.

For more information contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu

Native Trees Walk

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Trouble distinguishing White and Black Oaks? Wondering if that huge cedar is an Incense, Port-Orford, or Western red? Love, care, and health of your trees can only be enhanced by learning about what you've got. This seminar with give you all the tricks of the trade to identify the Native tress in Lane County – even the look-alikes! This seminar will also discuss the tree’s life characteristics, so you know how to give your trees what they need to stay healthy.