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Heavy metals in urban soils: Best practices to stay safe

Q: Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

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Fire FAQs—What is fire severity?

Fire severity is a measure of the effects of fire on the environment—both in damage to vegetation and impacts on the soil. Fire severity is driven by weather conditions, the topography of the landscape, and the fuels that are present. Of these, weather is the overriding factor.

Dan Leavell, Lauren Grand, Stephen Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger | Oct 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Forests and Woodlands: Protecting an Ecosystem

Learn to manage your forested property in ways that protect water quality, maintain soil health, reduce the threat of fire and improve wildlife habitat. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Max Bennett | Dec 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

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

2020 SOREC Quarterly Classes

Schedule of classes happening at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.

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Will glyphosate poison us or our pets?

Q: We live in a large condominium between NW Naito Parkway and the Willamette River. Our property extends to the banks of the river. Our landscaper has been using a diluted version of glyphosate to control weeds on the ...

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Living with termites in Bend!

Q: I am trying to assess whether my exterminator is giving me accurate information about termite activity in Central Oregon. I am a new home owner of a house built in 1936. Termite activity was discovered during inspection and ...

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After a wildfire

Wildfires make a profound impact on people, land, animals, environment and the economy. As the population continues to increase, homes and communities expand to new rural boundaries and fires become more a part of the changing ...

Carrie Berger | Feb 2020 | Article

Cluster flies: noisy but harmless

Large flies buzz and annoy, clustering together around windows and knocking into lampshades. These are cluster flies — noisy but harmless flies that enter homes through cracks and gaps.

Jul 2018 | Article

Stay on top of moisture and insect damage or pay the price

An annual inspection helps keep house in top shape

Kym Pokorny | Nov 8, 2017 | News Story