Introduction to the Extension Forestry Program

Introduction to the Extension Forestry program:

Oregon State University has brought informal forestry and natural resource education to the citizens of Clackamas County for the past 50+ years. Early Extension efforts worked with local landowners to encourage good land stewardship and planting trees after logging. Recognizing private landowner's accomplishments was identified to be a good way to motivate others. Landowner recognition through the Clackamas County's Woodland Farmer of the Year award was started by local Extension staff and continues today. A state tree farmer recognition program followed Clackamas County's lead in the 1960s.

Also, Extension helped organize landowners into local associations where education and political action were the primary missions. The Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association formed in 1957 is one of the oldest woodland owner organizations in the state and includes approximately 300 members in the county today.

Earlier Extension education in forestry and natural resource management was led by county Agriculture Agents Johnny Innskeep and Clayton Wills. Both Inskeep and Wills served the county for approximately 30 years each. The first Extension Forestry Agent a professional forester by academic training was hired in Clackamas County in 1976. Dan Green brought a new level of expertise to forestry education programming to the county. Following Dan's departure in 1984, Mike Bondi became Extension Forestry Agent in Clackamas County and served in that position until 2011.

Starting in July 2012, Glenn Ahrens became the Extension Forester for Clackamas, Marion and Hood River counties.


Extension Forestry Today...

The goal of OSU's Extension Forestry program is to bring the university to the county to address the needs of the area's private family forest owners and Christmas tree growers and managers. Education programs and applied research projects are designed to meet local needs and solve problems. Extension Forestry's state-wide program at OSU includes about a dozen Extension Forestry Specialists located at the university campus in Corvallis.

The primary purpose of Clackamas County Extension Forestry Agent position is to increase the overall productivity and profitability of woodland properties and Christmas tree farms. This is done by increasing the landowner's and manager's knowledge of how forests and Christmas tree systems function and how to manage them in a sustained manner. An additional focus of the postion is to increase the understanding of youth and the public about the importance of forestry and forest management in Oregon.

As a result, the primary audiences that Extension Forestry directs its programs to are: family forest owners, professional forestry and natural resources managers, loggers, Christmas tree growers and managers, teachers, youth and the public.


Programs and services available

A variety of education programs and services are provided to the citizens of Clackamas County. Examples include:

Woodland Notes Newsletter (bi-monthly hard copy or electronic version)

Education programs and events including tours, demonstrations, indoor and outdoor learning experiences.

Office and field consultations and visits.

Master Woodland Manager volunteer training and community service.

Tree School, the largest annual, one-day event for family forest owners in the Pacific Northwest.

Demonstration Forest: Hopkins near Beavercreek and Ramsdell near Dickie Prairie.

Extension publication, fact sheets and handouts on a variety of forestry and woodland topics.

Field research addressing local problems and needs.