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Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski has proclaimed July 24 to 29, 2006 to be Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener™ Week. Master Gardeners volunteer their time to the protection and beautification of our environment, teaching sustainable gardening practices. OSU’s statewide volunteer program started in Oregon in 1976, and is one of the most successful environmental education volunteer programs in Oregon, training approximately 20,000 volunteers over the past three decades.
Oregon 4-H honors ten people with induction into Hall of Fame on June 22, 2006. The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was launched in 2004 to celebrate the program’s 100th year anniversary in the state. One hundred people were inducted that first year, one for each year of the program’s existence. In 2005, ten more people were honored for their contributions to the OSU Extension Services 4-H Youth and Development Program.
County College is a continuing education opportunity for county commissioners and judges. OSU Extension and the Association of Oregon Counties, with the assistance of experts in state government, political science and community development, have designed the program to help newly elected and experienced county officials successfully navigate government systems, issues and programs. The course is voluntary and participants receive a certification of completion at the end of the program.
Residents of several rural communities in Lane, Linn and Benton Counties are being asked to take an active role in studying potential pollutants in their groundwater. The OSU Extension Service Well Water Program is launching a new monitoring and research program in the southern Willamette Valley, and they are asking for citizen participation. The study will focus on nitrate concentrations in drinking water and will last for one year.
Oregon State University insect ecologist and professor Jeffrey C. Miller is the primary author of new, large-format book just published by Harvard University Press, called “100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica,” by Jeffrey C. Miller, Daniel H. Janzen and Winifred Hallwachs. With more than 100 large-format photographs of caterpillars, the new book documents the dizzying variety of shapes, vivid colors and cryptic markings among these species. The story behind the evolution of Miller as a caterpillar ecologist and photographer.
The Oregon State University Extension Service is now delivering educational materials through an online Publications and Multimedia catalog. Launched May 25, the system lets Extension customers purchase materials ranging from booklets about finding in-home care for elderly family members to DVDs describing exemplary conservation efforts by Oregon landowners.