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Linn County Annual Seedling Sale

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sponsored by the Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (LCSWA). Proceeds benefit youth educational programs in Linn County, including 4-H forestry activities and college scholarships in forestry or natural resources.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time: 8 am until noon (or while supplies last)

Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, just east of I-5 at exit 234.

See plant information for species available. Payment by cash or check. For the best selection, pre-order and pay using the order form. 

2017 Local Wood Products Fair and Sale - Call for Exhibitors

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you are a local woodland owner, craftsperson, or business producing and selling materials or products for our local woodland and forests, you are invited...

The fair highlights the many great products and materials coming from local woodlands, with products from raw sawn boards to small finished wood products.  The fair and sale is free and runs concurrently with the Linn County Seedling Sale.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 
Time: 8 am until noon 
Location: Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, just east of I-5 at exit 234.


Exhibitor Information:
10 x 10 ft space, $25.00 fees benefit the Linn County OSWA chapter educational projects (4-H forestry activities and college scholarships in forestry or natural resources.)

Registration required by January 24th  Additional information email or call Extension at 541-766-6750

Harvesting and Selling Timber:

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This seminar will introduce you to the steps involved in setting up and managing a timber sale to yield the ecological and economic results you want from harvesting trees from your forest.

For more information, http://nnrg.org/how-to-manage-a-timber-sale/

REGISTER AT: http://timber-sale-or.eventbrite.com

IRRIGATION OPTIONS for the SMALL FARM

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Irrigation Options on the Farm

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Look at a many irrigation systems suitable for a number of different crops on a trip around Dunbar Farms. You’ll see a wide variety of pump stations and irrigation methods in operation. These systems include overhead sprinklers for hay, drip irrigation in wine grapes, high uniformity rotator sprinklers for row crops, large volume canons for infrequent irrigation purposes and flood irrigation in hay; pumps and intake types, electrical demands, filtration methods, pipe sizing and field layout. The basic methods of installing irrigation infrastructure will be explained.

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.

Register here: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

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Deep Impact

Terra - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:55pm

By Cynthia Sagers, Vice President for Research

Cynthia Sagers, Vice President for Research, Oregon State University.

Every day at Oregon State University, our scientists work at the leading edge of research, striving to address some of our world’s most pressing problems. From innovative approaches to cancer treatment to the complexities of global climate change, OSU faculty confront tough issues. The positive impact of their accomplishments reaches far and wide.

Indeed, the ramifications of research produced by Oregon State’s faculty are awe inspiring. Its effects can be felt from the depths of our oceans to the tops of forests throughout the world. Consider these major efforts:

  • In October, the College of Forestry kicked off construction of the new Oregon Forest Science Complex, which will showcase innovative uses for wood in building construction and design. The college is also encouraging economic development in our state. “The complex is crucial to the future of our working forest landscapes,” said Thomas Maness, OSU’s Dean of Forestry, at the groundbreaking. “The way we thought about forestry, natural resources and wood science in the past is very different from how we think about them now. This complex will help prepare our students to tackle our most complex landscape challenges, improve rural economies and establish a healthy forest landscape.”
  • Microbes in the human gut have profound impacts on health. OSU researchers are learning how bacteria influence digestion, pathogen resistance and even brain function. For example, Natalia Shulzhenko in Veterinary Medicine and her colleagues have found that communication between the immune system and one species of bacteria helps regulate glucose metabolism. Her research may provide clues on how to treat the scourge of diabetes.
  • The Cascadia Lifelines Program, operated by Oregon State and its public- and private-sector partners, has created a new online tool that anyone in Oregon can use to identify risks from an earthquake. Called the Oregon Hazard Explorer for Lifeline Program, or OHELP, the program is free to anyone — individual, homeowner, agency, business or industry. It will be especially useful in preparing for the consequences of a quake on the Cascadia subduction zone.

These striking examples show how OSU research is integral to our communities and to the economy of the state. Academic inquiry and discovery inform decisions and drive solutions.  Taken altogether, they help create a more sustainable future for everyone.

We all hope that the incoming administration in Washington, D.C. will continue to support our community’s unprecedented levels of research funding to advance these significant efforts on behalf of the people of Oregon and the world.

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COE Faculty Development Workshop

Environment Events - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 2:35pm
Friday, February 3, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

This workshop focuses on managing your budgets at OSU. Presenters include:

 

Luke McIlvenny, Shaun Bromagem, and Dana Ainsworth from the Business and Engineering Business Center (BEBC)

 


Full Workshop series and registration: http://red.engr.oregonstate.edu/2016-2017

Grant to fund field trips to marine science center in Newport

Breaking Waves - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 1:24pm

Oregon Sea Grant will receive $3,000 on Feb. 3 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support field trips to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).

“This grant will allow up to 30 classrooms from schools with low-income populations in the tribal service area to visit the center and learn about coastal habitats and marine research,” said Kathryn Hawes, the coordinator of Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program.

The program offers classes and camps for K-12 youths. The activities take place at HMSC, where Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center is located, and in the nearby Yaquina Bay estuary. This program serves approximately 9,000 students each year, Hawes said.

Oregon Sea Grant will allocate the field trip scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to Title 1 schools in the Siletz tribal service area. For more information and to apply, visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/webform/2017-scholarship-application.

The grant will be awarded Feb. 3 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City during a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m.

Photo (above right): Students learn how to dissect a shark in a 2016 camp offered by Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program, which is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Oregon Sea Grant has received a grant from the Siletz Tribe that will allow low-income students to participate in similar educational activities at the center. Photo by Hana Laughton.

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Grant to fund field trips to marine science center in Newport

Sea Grant - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 1:24pm

Oregon Sea Grant will receive $3,000 on Feb. 3 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support field trips to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).

“This grant will allow up to 30 classrooms from schools with low-income populations in the tribal service area to visit the center and learn about coastal habitats and marine research,” said Kathryn Hawes, the coordinator of Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program.

The program offers classes and camps for K-12 youths. The activities take place at HMSC, where Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center is located, and in the nearby Yaquina Bay estuary. This program serves approximately 9,000 students each year, Hawes said.

Oregon Sea Grant will allocate the field trip scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to Title 1 schools in the Siletz tribal service area. For more information and to apply, visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/webform/2017-scholarship-application.

The grant will be awarded Feb. 3 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City during a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m.

Photo (above right): Students learn how to dissect a shark in a 2016 camp offered by Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program, which is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Oregon Sea Grant has received a grant from the Siletz Tribe that will allow low-income students to participate in similar educational activities at the center. Photo by Hana Laughton.

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March for Science Scheduled for Earth Day

Terra - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:18pm

By Fritz Freudenberger

On January 21, people across the world participated in the Women’s March to demonstrate support for women’s rights. Now, scientists and science enthusiasts, including those at Oregon State University, are following in their footsteps organizing a march to support science as a non-partisan issue.

Two days after the Women’s March, a Facebook group, March for Science (then named Scientists March on Washington) grew out of an idea spawned on the website Reddit. The Facebook group includes over 815,000 members, supporters of evidence-based, empirical science.

The March for Science announced through Twitter that the main event in Washington, D.C., will be held on Earth Day, April 22. Satellite marches are being planned for cities across the country, including Portland.

The group grew out of concern for what supporters see as an anti-science attitude in the federal government, especially in regard to climate change. Stressing a non-partisan commitment to aid evidence-based policy, the group and its supporters are planning the event to defend access to science.

In Oregon, the March for Science – Portland has over 7,000 members including graduate students, staff, and faculty at Oregon State University. March for Science also has a Eugene Facebook page with over 1,700 supporters.

Alejandra Sanchez is at OSU studying oceanography as a Ph.D. student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and plans to attend the march in Portland in hopes that it will help connect science to the public.

“I believe one of the biggest problems we have in this country — and I could argue, everywhere — is the separation of scientists and the community,” she said. “My life has been focused on science and I love it. It pains me to see we haven’t done a good job transferring our facts and excitement for it to the entire community.”

Sanchez was born in the United States but was raised in Mexico before coming back to the U.S. for graduate school. Her international background plays an important role in how she sees science studies in the U.S. To her, international students have to work, be efficient and productive but with the feeling that their place in the country is not secure.

“I’m privileged in the fact that I don’t have that fear, but I had to fight hard to get a place in this school too,” she said. “I owe it to my peers to fight for their rights, their security and their science that, in the end, is beneficial to the USA.”

The March for Science group celebrates diversity as a cornerstone to scientific success and notes that the changes in policy toward science will disproportionately affect minority scientists and advocates.

Sanchez, who also participated in the Women’s March in Portland, believes that diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and the nation makes for a stronger country as well.

“It’s incredible to see  stories — when you start digging more into people’s backgrounds and work — how minorities are an essential component for the advancement of science in the USA,” she said. “I feel this march is also a way to create awareness on how diversity does make us stronger and has done so for a long time now!”

This celebration of diversity is echoed in the OSU community in a letter from president Edward Ray on January 30. The letter reaffirmed the university’s commitment to its international student body and noted that OSU will remain dedicated to the diversity of its students and researchers.

“This university will remain unwavering in its commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, diversity of all kinds and the safety of all people,” the letter reads. “These commitments are the foundation upon which we build excellence in everything we do. As your university’s president, I assure you that Oregon State University is fully committed to support students’ pursuit of their education and faculty’s work in teaching and research.”

Details for the march, such as specific locations, are yet unclear. However, organizers are planning the main event, coordinating satellite marches and maintaining Facebook and Twitter feeds for information.

Editor’s note: Fritz Freudenberger is a graduate student in the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

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Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year

Forestry Events - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 6:11am
Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:00 PM

You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: USDA Forest Service, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, NC State Cooperative Extension, Texas Forest Service.

Title: Timber Tax Filing for the 2016 Tax Year

What will you learn?
What will you learn? Join this webinar to get the latest tax information, filing season updates, and practical tax tips on: • How to report timber sale • What timber-related expenses and losses can be deducted • Who are responsible for filing 1099 on timber sales • What are the IRS rules on record keeping and substantiating expenses The presenter will answer your specific questions through the online interactive session. learn more here...

Presenters/Authors:
Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service

Woodland Discovery Workshops

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 2, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Purpose
This program is for forest owners thinking about managing their forestland and those folks interested in find-ing out what resources are available locally for supporting woodland management. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about how to tap into these resources, gather information and potentially access financial as-sistance for management activities such as thinning and fuels reduction.


Program

Come and join us for a great opportunity to learn more about what is available in your local area and who can provide support for and enhance your ability to manage your woodland property. We’ll have a variety of re-source folks in attendance who will provide a brief overview of their programs, including the My Blue Moun-tains Woodland project, Wallowa Resources, Oregon Department of Forestry Programs, Oregon State Univer-sity Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, Water-shed Councils, Tree Farm Program/Oregon Small Woodlands Association/Landowner Cooperatives, and Blue Mountains Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Project and Community Wildfire Protection Plans.


We’ll also be discussing woodland management planning, such as benefits of planning, what’s in a plan, how to get started and financial incentives. Finally, we’ll reserve plenty of time for questions and discussion with local resource professionals as well as woodland owners who are actively managing their woods.


Please call ahead to the OSU Extension Offices below so we can plan for adequate handouts and snacks.


For Island City, 541-963-1010; For Enterprise, 541-426-3143; For Pendleton: 541-278-5403


Sponsors and supporters: American Forest Foundation, My Blue Mountains Woodland Project, Oregon De-partment of Forestry, Wallowa Resources, OSU Extension, US Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Watershed Councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts.


Hope to see you there!

Christmas Tree Genetics & Tree Improvement Webinar Series

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Understanding genetics and tree improvement is critical to the success of your Christmas tree farm, whether you know it or not. From selecting the right species for your site to starting your own seed orchard, tree genetics impact your operation every day.


In this five part webinar series, leading Christmas tree scientists from throughout the U.S. will present an in-depth discussion of the critical elements of Christmas tree improvement and how genetic selection can improve the growth, health, and quality of your trees and make your farm more profitable.


Webinar schedule:
Feb. 1 The Tree Improvement Process: Selection, Testing & Breeding
Feb. 8 Capturing Genetic Gain: Seed Collection Zones & Seed Orchards
Feb 15 Tree Improvement Techniques: Grafting, Controlled-pollination & Tissue Culture
Feb. 22 Tree Improvement Case Studies From Around the Country and Around the World
March 1 Future Issues: Genetic Engineering and Genomics of Fir Species


Presenters:

Rick Bates - Penn State University

Gary Chastagner - Washington State University

Bert Cregg - Michigan State University

John Frampton - North Carolina State University

Chal Landgren - Oregon State University

Lilian Matallana - North Carolina State University

Jim Rockis - Reliable Source Seeds and Transplants


Cost: No charge - registration is required. Register by January 25 at:
https://events.anr.msu.edu/ChristmasTreeWebinar2016/

Contact: Bert Cregg cregg@msu.edu 517-353-0335
Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Jill O’Donnell, 231-779-9480 by January 25, 2017 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

Basic Woodland Management - Washington County

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered include:
• Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
• What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology, forest ecology and habitat
• Taking Care of Your Woods: tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
• Getting it Done: Timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
• Field trip to see first-hand examples of what you’ve learned

Details...

• Cost for the course is $50 for one participant/$60 for two or more participants from the same family.
• Course is taught in a blended online/in person format. Participants will be given short online assignments to complete prior to each class session.
• Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties
• To attend you must pre-register no later than January 25th. Use the form below or register online at: http://tinyurl.com/basicwoodlandmanagement.
• Questions? Contact Amy Grotta, (503) 397-3462 or amy.grotta@oregonstate.edu
Basic Woodland

CHALLENGES IN REFUGEE HEALTHCARE

Health & Wellness Events - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

A videoconference with Dr. Akihiro Seita, UNRWA’s Director of Health Programme, sharing challenges, innovations and new paths forward in providing health care to refugees.

New videos show how to maintain sewage disposal facilities for boaters

Breaking Waves - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 1:10pm

Oregon Sea Grant’s communications team has produced eight videos that teach maintenance staff at marinas and parks how to take care of sewage disposal facilities for recreational boaters.

A need for training was identified after OSG Extension’s boating outreach coordinator, Jenny East, met with staff at various facilities, checked the equipment for wear and tear, and reported her findings to the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB).

Each of the eight videos focuses on a specific topic and can be viewed alone or as part of two longer compilations. The combined video about pumpout stations, for example, provides tips on how to perform weekly, quarterly and annual maintenance tasks; winterize them; and troubleshoot common problems. Another video addresses similar topics but for dump stations for portable toilets.

OSG’s videographer, Vanessa Cholewczynski, shot and edited the videos; OSG managing editor, Rick Cooper, produced the music; and the OSMB provided input on scripts and the overall concept. Funding was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Clean Vessel Act grant program.

(Photo of Jenny East by Vanessa Cholewczynski, Oregon Sea Grant)

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New videos show how to maintain sewage disposal facilities for boaters

Sea Grant - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 1:10pm

Oregon Sea Grant’s communications team has produced eight videos that teach maintenance staff at marinas and parks how to take care of sewage disposal facilities for recreational boaters.

A need for training was identified after OSG Extension’s boating outreach coordinator, Jenny East, met with staff at various facilities, checked the equipment for wear and tear, and reported her findings to the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB).

Each of the eight videos focuses on a specific topic and can be viewed alone or as part of two longer compilations. The combined video about pumpout stations, for example, provides tips on how to perform weekly, quarterly and annual maintenance tasks; winterize them; and troubleshoot common problems. Another video addresses similar topics but for dump stations for portable toilets.

OSG’s videographer, Vanessa Cholewczynski, shot and edited the videos; OSG managing editor, Rick Cooper, produced the music; and the OSMB provided input on scripts and the overall concept. Funding was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Clean Vessel Act grant program.

(Photo of Jenny East by Vanessa Cholewczynski, Oregon Sea Grant)

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CLAY SUPPORT GROUP

Small Farms Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PLEASE PRE PAY AND REGISTER ONLINE AT:http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Gardening Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:07am
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from the best! Classes will be held rain or shine, so dress weather appropriate. There will be an opportunity for a hands-on activity after the workshops, so bring your gloves and pruners. Please register for one of the following classes.To register by phone call 541-967-3871. You may register online at http://tinyurl.com/jj57qsv, or drop by the Benton or Linn County OSU Extension Service office 

4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis (Benton)
33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent (Linn)

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:07am
Monday, January 2, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting