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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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Are there insect issues with birch trees?

Q: Is it true that white paper birch in the Willamette Valley have been infested with insect like beetle? I wanted to plant one this spring and my yard maintenance service told me I should consider a different type due to the insect problem.

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Shade tree wanted, what, when and how should I plant?

Q: Hello, I live in Bend and have a south-facing back yard that really heats up in the sun. I'd like to plant a tree that will provide a canopy of shade and prefer deciduous for this purpose. Can you suggest one or more that will do well here?  

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Conifers naturally shed needles in summer and fall

You're not looking at the same needles over time

Kym Pokorny | Oct 7, 2016 | News Story

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

Taking the Research on the Road: The Future of Oregon's Farmland

Almost two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural land will be changing hands in the next two decades, but the vast majority of Oregon farmers and ranchers have not formalized plans to pass their land and businesses to the next ...

Nellie McAdams | Oct 2017 | Article

Changing Lands, Changing Hands: Report From The National Conference

The United States is fortunate to have 50 state “laboratories” with unique programs and policies to sample from. Yet state practitioners seldom have the chance to learn deeply about their peers’ hard-won lessons in order to...

Nellie McAdams | Oct 2017 | Article