Wheeler County Extension

401 4th St, PO Box 407
Fossil, OR 97830
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Wheeler County is located in the central north eastern portion of the state, approximately half way between Bend and Pendleton.

Wheeler County was created on February 17, 1899 from parts of Grant, Gilliam, and Crook Counties. The county was named for Henry Wheeler, who operated the first stage line through the county.  Fossil, Mitchell, and Spray are the three incorporated towns in the county. Fossil was designated the temporary county seat and in 1900 was elected to be permanent.  Fossil’s name was derived from the first postmaster’s discovery of fossil remains on his land in 1876.

Principal industries in the county are agriculture, livestock, and government. The county has a total area of 1715 square miles and the 2010 census population was 1441, which by definition meets the criteria for pioneering.  Out of the 1715 square miles one square mile is water. The terrain of the county varies widely from sagebrush, juniper, and rim rock to stands of pine and fir.  The Painted Hills and Clarno units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument along with portions of two national forests lie within its boundaries with forest lands covering nearly one third of the county.

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Upcoming Events

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Stockmanship School for Predator Mitigation

Umatilla County Extension Event

Mon, Jun 25, 2018 8:00 am - Thu, Jun 28, 2018 5:00 pm
Instructors: Whit Hibbard and Steve Cote
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Judging Palooza

Deschutes County 4-H Event

Sat, Jul 14, 2018 - Sun, Jul 15, 2018 (All Day)
This two day judging event starts off on Saturday, July 14 at 9 am with a livestock judging clinic and rounds out Sunday, July 15 at 7 am with a livestock judging contest.

Measure 99 Funding Information & Listening Session

Outdoor School Event

Thu, Aug 9, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This will be an opportunity for Eastern Oregon District Superintendents, Principals, and 5th or 6th Grade Educators to ask questions, plan for next year, and learn how your district can get involved (or stay involved) in Outdoor School.
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