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Best Management Practices for Maintaining Soil Productivity in the Douglas-fir Region

This publication is a reference guide for forest soils productivity and management. Main topics include (1) understanding and managing risk, (2) soil characteristics that affect productivity, (3) soil survey information for forestland ...

Sam Angima | Apr 2011 | OSU Extension Catalog

Red worms eat their way through kitchen waste to produce rich soil amendment

Keeping a worm farm is an easy project

Kym Pokorny | Aug 12, 2016 | News Story

Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

Chris Branam | Feb 25, 2019 | News Story

Wiggle your way into worm composting

Worm castings -- AKA poop -- add valuable nutrients to the soil and is easy to make. The hardest part is making the bin and that's not difficult.

Kym Pokorny | Jul 23, 2018 | News Story

I gotta have more worms!

Q: Where can I find information on adding worms to soil that has none? Thanks.

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Managing Organic Debris for Forest Health

This publication outlines the role of forest organic debris in inland Northwest forests. Recommends how to maintain forest soil productivity and improve wildlife habitat while reducing wildfire and insect-pest hazards. Tells how to ...

Mar 2009 | OSU Extension Catalog

Use Caution When Irrigating Oaks and Madrones

Excessive summer irrigation of oak and madrone trees may promote fungal diseases such as the oak root fungus (aka armillaria root disease) and crown rot.

Jun 2018 | Article

Composting with worms

Information about how to use worms to compost.

Dec 2017 | Article

What’s Wrong With My Madrone?

This article briefly discusses the most prevalent madrone disease problems, then offers a broader perspective on the health of this southern Oregon native.

Max Bennett, Dave Shaw | Nov 2006 | Article