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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

Is English ivy REALLY invasive?

Q: I realize ivy is considered an invasive plant, however, we like it and are using it for erosion control. We recently planted cuttings with the help of root hormone powder. My question: is this an okay time to have planted this so that it can thrive?

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2020 SOREC Quarterly Classes

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

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Scotch broom is beautiful, but noxious

Scotch broom is noxious in Pacific Northwest

May 29, 2009 | News Story

Look out for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes

Be on the lookout for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes.

Nov 19, 2007 | News Story

I am bamboozled, help!

Q: Greetings - any tips or resources on helping rid, or at least control creeping bamboo? Digging up is partially helpful here, but a water pipe located below the main plant makes it problematic. Mainly want to control the ...

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Gorgeous yellow iris is ecological threat to PNW wetlands

Gorgeous yellow iris Is ecological threat to PNW wetlands

Jun 20, 2008 | News Story

Invasive grass called false brome, threatens Oregon native plant diversity

Oregon is the first state to list invasive non-native grass called false brome as a noxious weed.

Mar 2, 2007 | News Story