OSU Forestry Extension adds new positions

August 8, 2016
Francisca Belart is a statewide specialist located on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.
Francisca Belart is a statewide specialist located on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New Extension faculty in forestry and natural resources are now on board in Lane, Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Douglas, Coos and Curry counties and on the Oregon State University campus.

Francisca Belart joins Extension’s Forestry and Natural Resources on-campus faculty as a statewide specialist. Belart will conduct research and outreach programs on sustainable timber harvesting and forest operations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Austral University in her native Chile and a master’s in forest engineering from OSU. She completed her doctorate in sustainable forest management at OSU this year.

Valerie Grant joins the team as an agent based on Oregon’s northern coast. Grant is headquartered in Astoria and covers Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln counties. She received her bachelor’s degree at California Polytechnic State University and her master’s from West Virginia University. Most recently she worked for University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura. She has also worked for the West Virginia Extension Service, Humboldt Redwood Co. in Scotia, Calif. and Weyerhaeuser Co. in Springfield, Ore.

Lauren Grand is the new agent in Lane County, based in Eugene. She received her bachelor’s at the University of California-Berkeley and her master’s at the University of Washington. Most recently she coordinated programs for Washington State University Extension in north Puget Sound, helping develop workshops for small woodland owners.

Alicia Jones is the new agent in Douglas County, based in Roseburg. She earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and natural resources from Cal Poly and her master’s in natural resources from Humboldt State. She has also worked as a forestry technician for the U.S. Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and as a forestry technician for both Green Diamond Resource Co. and Jefferson Resource Co. on California’s north coast.

Norma Kline is the new agent in Coos and Curry counties, based in Myrtle Point. She received her education at the University of California-Berkeley and her master’s at Northern Arizona University. She has worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry in Coos Bay for the past 20 years. She has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service in California.

The five county-based agents are reaching out to woodland owners, the forest industry and interested citizens in their respective territories. Their mission is to facilitate the transfer of research-based knowledge and problem-solving education to these constituents. 

Alicia Jones described her role in this way: “It’s my goal to help local woodland owners understand the breadth of strategies and techniques available to reach their unique forest management goals. I’m also passionate about engaging both youth and adult audiences, helping them understand the importance of our forests and natural resources and making sure they’re well managed in perpetuity.”

Author: Gail Wells