Forests produce economic benefits such as timber, forest products and jobs. They also provide wildlife habitat, recreation, carbon storage and clean water. In fact, most of Oregon’s drinking water is sourced from our forests. But logging, forest road building, using herbicides and other activities related to growing and harvesting timber can impact the quality and quantity of water. Oregon State University scientists examine these links in this comprehensive look at watershed health.
Using the case study of Tillamook County, this study draws upon qualitative interview data to identify and explain social factors that have influenced the outcome of a collaborative, socially engaged flood management project.
This document is intended for policymakers so they can make informed decisions about upgrading or removing tide gates in an effort to improve conditions for Oregon’s native migratory fish and other animals and plants that inhabit estuaries.
Land Steward online course: The OSU Land Steward online course is designed for owners of woodlands, small farms, pasture or other rural land who want to manage their property's natural resources more effectively. This is a research-based, professionally developed course.
Network of Oregon Watershed Councils (NOWC): he Network of Oregon Watershed Councils supports the work of watershed councils by increasing council capacity, representing councils with key partners and funders, and convening council staff and board members to learn from each other.
How can home gardeners use water in the most efficient way possible? Here's a look at the best ways to deliver water in the garden and keep it available to be absorbed by plants for as long as possible.
Farmers and ranchers across Oregon are increasingly facing challenges related to extreme drought and heat. While emergency funds have been made available to producers impacted by these pressures in recent years, their recurrence indicates the need for both pre-emptive and longer-term solutions. The Oregon State Legislature requested that Oregon State University Extension Services conduct a statewide needs assessment with Oregon farmers and ranchers to pursue this goal. This report provides an overview of what actions are already being taken by producers to manage drought and heat and what resources and support they need to become more resilient in the face of these challenges.
Dan Bigelow and Tim Delbridge are assistant professors in the Department of Applied Economics and have statewide Extension responsibilities. Bigelow started Aug. 17 and Delbridge came on board Sept. 1.
Ask Extension is a way for you to get answers from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening.
Q: I’ve been suspecting for the last few years that a large problem for our garden and orchard is our hard water. Once I start introducing water from our irrigation, after the spring rains have dried up, the leaves curl, ...