OSU Extension partners with local communities to provide trusted expertise and science-based knowledge to address critical issues and help every Oregonian thrive. We are committed to creating positive change through programs and providing spaces where each person feels safe and welcome.
Our research, programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:
Healthy communities and economies
Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
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Q: I have two bat houses on my property, which is in a wooded area west of Salem. They each have at least one small black bat that I can see inside. Should I leave the houses up during the winter? Should they be cleaned and if so, when?
Five faculty members in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences were national award-winners and several faculty and staff in the Family and Community Health Program in the College of Health won awards.
High concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates in forages can cause health problems for some horses and other domesticated equines like ponies, donkeys, and mules. Learn about the role, levels and management options of NSC in forage plants for limiting NSC intake in horses.
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