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Beneficial insects in Christmas trees

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (all day event)

This workshop is for Christmas tree growers who face constant challenges in the management of damaging insects. Research and field trials are ongoing to test the use of beneficial insects as part of an integrated pest management program on Christmas tree farms. The program will highlight results of field trials led by OSU Extension and local growers. It will also cover the latest information on methods and results from similar efforts elsewhere in the world.


Itinerary and Registration HERE

Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM


For more information contact Shelby Filley (541) 672-4461  shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu


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Management by Objective

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 1:56pm

By Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension – Benton, Linn and Polk Counties

A local meeting of professional foresters last month focused on how forest management practices reflect the objectives of the owners. That sometimes creates challenges for the managers, since owner and manager are often not synonymous when it comes to forests and other natural resource lands. Some objectives and corresponding management practices are very well defined and developed, and others much less so.

An intensively managed young stand

For example, lands managed for stockholders and other investors are often planted as even aged stands on fairly short rotations, since it is an efficient way to manage risk and provide a return on investment while also providing some additional benefits to society.   There is good understanding and a pretty straight line between those objectives and managers activities, both of which have remained reasonably steady over time. Their management practices have been developed through applied research, so these managers are generally quite successful in meeting their objectives.

Anyone reading the news in Oregon realizes that managers of public lands (both State and Federal) often have not benefited from a clear or consistent message of owner objectives. Public lands management objectives tend to be broad if not poorly defined or even contradictory and have often shifted dramatically over the years. The owners (who are of course the public: a fickle group at best and unlikely to change) variously wants things including jobs for vibrant local economies and pristine wild habitats. Resources and funding for these agencies are often very limited. So public managers use a bunch of different management systems including long rotations and uneven age management, hoping to obtain some desired results on the cheap, but since there is little agreement on objectives, it is pretty hard to say how successful they are.

Family forest landowners often look to the larger private and public landowners for examples of management practices to apply to their lands. You can easily find folks shadowing the large private managers’ planting, spacing and weed control practices, although I commonly find people planning to extend the rotation lengths on their property. And you can find people wanting to grow mature forest structures more reminiscent of Federal lands practices.  This approach of management by mimicry can be problematic for family forest landowners. Why? Their stakeholder group (the owners and their family) is very different from large private or public stakeholders, as are the economics and cash flow patterns on small properties (erratic at best). So family landowners’ objectives are rarely the same as those of the big private or public landowners they look to for ideas.

A mature stand on State lands

Standard silvicultural approaches used by professional foresters are often not well matched to the family landowners’ situation, and should be adopted with caution and modifications. For example, many intensive management practices used on private lands are helpful to landowners struggling with invasive weeds and needing to re-establish a forest stand. But these practices often lead to conditions that are not as visually appealing to many family landowners as what they desire, since many live on the property.   Likewise, habitat-oriented harvest approaches such as patch cuts can provide income without visual heartburn, but without further actions may not deliver the desired mature forest structures that were inspired by the family camping trips in old growth on the national forest.

Both of these examples’ limitations can be addressed: by early thinning in the first case; by patch size, species selection and thinning in the second case. But both require some additional understanding of tree growth behaviors, actions and investment beyond the observations that inspired the action. The challenge is to be sure these practices can reflect the landowner’s objectives, can fit together coherently over decades and match the local biological and physical processes.

Now I realize that family forest landowners are a very diverse group of people, and one which certainly cannot be accused of having a collective and clearly defined group of management objectives. Probably each of the thousands of private landowners in Oregon (and members within the same family) have a unique take on why they own forestland, and what benefits they want from their woods. This is one reason you see such a variety of woodland practices and so much woodland diversity across private family forestlands, often in contrast to other categories of ownership. It certainly makes my job fun and interesting.

Butts clan by log deck from thinning to release oak.

If you are a family landowner you can, you must make efforts to make sure you and your family’s objectives for owning and tending your property are clear. Clear objectives help achieve clear results. And I do not mean to apply that you cannot look at and copy other landowners’ actions. But you do need to make sure they will lead towards your objectives for your property, and be willing to learn and make necessary adjustments to keep on track.

For help and information on developing clear objectives for your property, visit the Oregon Forest Planning Website and walk through the steps of Woodland Discovery.


Acknowledgements: Thanks to the Marys Peak Chapter of the Society of American Foresters for organizing the conference “Silviculture by Objectives: Options and Outcomes” held in Albany. Thanks also to the speakers from OSU, BLM, FS and the other speakers representing various ownership types for their presentations which helped spur the observations and reflections above. BW-R.


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Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:51am
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 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.  It serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training.  Topics covered include:

  • Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
  • What's Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
  • Take Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
  • Getting it Done: Safety, tools and techniques, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
Instructors are Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, and Julie Woodward, Forest Education Program Manager, Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

Please pre-register no later than February 3.


Linn-Benton Livestock & Forages Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:51am
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM


For more information contact:

Shelby Filley (541)672-4461   shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu


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Winter Webinar Series: Fire in Riparian and Aquatic Systems

Forestry Events - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:37am
Monday, February 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Winter Webinar Series



Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:37am
Monday, February 9, 2015 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 and forest ecology
  • Taking Care of Your Woods: tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
  • Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logisitics, and laws and regulations

Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forest & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

To attend you must pre-register no later than January 26th.  The form can me accessed at:



Plant your trees right!

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:38am
Saturday, February 7, 2015 (all day event)

This reforestation workshop includes an informal classroom session covering the basic steps in: tree planting, site preparation, seed sources, nursery availability, tree seedling types, seedling care, and maintenance. The workshop continues in the field where participants will learn about different kinds of planting tools, proper seedling handling and storage, planting techniques, and protection from animal damage.

Register HERE

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:37am
Friday, February 6, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Making Mentoring More Effective: Youth, College Students, and Adults in the Workplace" Tom Keller, PhD, MPA, Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Projects and Duncan & Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth and Families with an Emphasis on Mentoring, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Dr. Keller''s research interests include youth mentoring, relationship development, child and adolescent development, attachment theory and research, community-based youth programs, child welfare, child mental health services, youth aging out of care.

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View past and upcoming seminars at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences

This college-wide research seminar, is Co-Sponsored by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Hallie Ford Center; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health and the Center for Global Health. The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researcher to present their current research in public health and human sciences in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate.

Forest Taxation

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Free webinar for: Foresters (1 hour CFE), Landowners, Land Managers, Accountants, CPA's and Financial Advisors

The webinar provides tax tips on timber and latest tax law changes for filing the 2014 tax returns

Presenter:  Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, U.S. Forest Service


Objectives-Driven Silviculture

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This workshop will define and explore the “silviculture continuum” in western Oregon forests. Speakers from academia and various private and public forest managers will speak on the span of silviculture treatments and approaches they use from short rotation silviculture to treatments that create middle-aged and older forests comprised of a mix of values. A primary emphasis of this workshop is to discuss the options and outcomes that various silvicultural strategies provide.

For more information or to register: http://www.forestry.org/oregon/Workshops/Silviculture2015/

Ready, Set, Go! Train the Trainer Session

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us Wednesday, February 4 in Salem, OR to learn tips on how to promote the wildland fire preparedness message with a free Ready, Set, Go! Train-the-Trainer.  This session is designed to guide fire service agencies and supporting organizations through the implementation of the RSG! Program and identify program benefits in becoming a fire-adapted community.  The RSG! Program aims to enhance your educational outreach to residents who live in WUI areas how to better prepare themselves and their properties agains fire threats.

Register Now!


Logic models-a good tool?

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:51am

There has been a somewhat lengthy discussion regarding logic models on EvalTalk, an evaluation listserv sponsored by the American Evaluation Association. (Check out the listserv archives.)  This discussion has been called in the subject line, “Logic model for the world?” The discussion started on January 26, 2015. The most telling (at least to me) was a statement that appeared January 30, 2015:

“The problem is not the instrument. All instruments can be mastered as a matter of technique. The problem is that logic models mistake the nature of evaluative knowledge – which is neither linear nor rational.” (Saville Kushner, EvalTalk, January 30, 2015).

The follow-up of this discussion talks about tools, specifically hammers (Bill Fear, EvalTalk, January 30, 2015). Fear says, “Logic is only a tool. It does not exist outside of the construction of the mind.”

Since Fear opened the discussion of social constructions,  it seems to me that humon is just trying to make sense out of many illogical approaches to solutions through the use of whatever tool (model, social construction) s/he can grasp. Evaluators are only humon; social constructions help them to make sense of the world.

Are logic models passe? Since they have been around a long time (see the EvalTalk discussion), probably not, especially in light of the fact that they are used by humons who are trying (desperately) to make sense out of the world through any way possible (hence, social constructions). Just keep in mind, the tool is only as good as the crafts(wo)man who uses it.


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Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:36pm
Monday, February 2, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

"The Experience of Burnout Among Primary Care Physicians" Sean Gregory, PhD, MS, MBA is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M University, Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Gregory received his PhD and MS in Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with concentration in Health Organizations andManagement Science. He also holds an MBA from Florida State University. His research focuses on the evaluation of state health policy, maternal and child health outcomes research, and healthcareorganization and delivery.

Dr. Gregory has a broad portfolio of extramurally funded projects in each of the research foci, as well as a maturing portfolio of peer-reviewed publications in each of the areas.

Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:36pm
Monday, February 2, 2015 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 and forest ecology
  • Taking Care of Your Woods: tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
  • Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logisitics, and laws and regulations

Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forest & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

To attend you must pre-register no later than January 26th.  The form can me accessed at:



OSU Extension Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Training

Gardening Events - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:38am
Monday, January 26, 2015 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Learn about climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable gardening and landscaping, ecosystems and habitats, outreach and volunteering.  Includes guest presenters, classroom activities, & 2 half day field trips. Class is 8 weeks.  Register at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/812 

Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!


endless pasta


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Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.


Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden


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February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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