University Forestry Extension Programs
|Technical assistance from experts||Person-to-person advice from peers||Grants and financial assistance||Classes||Online resources|
|OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program||
Find your extension forester at: extensionweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/directory
Forestry education is the mission of the OSU Extension Service, which aids all landowners, from the newest to the most knowledgeable longtime practitioners. Complex issues of forest ownership are covered through workshops, volunteers, demonstration areas and publications. Subject areas include everything from regeneration and harvest to valuing timber and market issues. Educational subjects tackle broader management objectives like enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, reducing fire risk, increasing biodiversity and achieving sustainability goals.
OSU Extension Foresters
|Benton, Linn, Polk||Brad Withrow-Robinson, Brad.W-R@oregonstate.edu|
|Clackamas, Hood River, Marion||Glenn Ahrens, Glenn.Ahrens@oregonstate.edu|
|Clatsop, Lincoln, Tillamook||Valerie Elder, Valerie.Elder@oregonstate.edu|
|Columbia, Washington, Yamhill||Amy Grotta, Amy.Grotta@oregonstate.edu|
|Coos, Curry||Norma Kline, Norma.Kline@oregonstate.edu|
|Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson||Nicole Strong, Nicole.Strong@oregonstate.edu|
|Douglas||Alicia Christiansen, Alicia.Christiansen@oregonstate.edu|
|Jackson, Josephine||Max Bennett, Max.Bennett@oregonstate.edu|
Umatilla, Union, Wallowa
Lauren Grand, Lauren.Grand@oregonstate.edu
Paul Oester, Paul.t.Oester@oregonstate.edu
Forestry & Natural Resources Extension: Master Woodland Managers
Tiffany Fegel, MWM/WOWnet Coordinator
For more advanced practitioners, the Extension Service provides this intensive, six- to eightmonth program to train volunteers to help other landowners. After completing the program, volunteers provide 80 hours of service in a wide array of capacities, such as helping lead forest tours, meeting with neighbors and answering questions, and working with youth. Through MWM, workshops for woodland owners and managers cover topics including ecology, silviculture (tree thinning and other practices to manage for a desired forest condition), wildlife habitat enhancement, logging, business management and more.
Forestry & Natural Resources Extension: Women Owning Woodlands Network
Contact: Tiffany Fegel, MWM/WOWnet Coordinator
Many people are surprised to learn that 40 percent of family forest landowners are women who are increasingly taking active woodland management roles. This OSU Extension program is designed to raise basic forestry and decision-making skill levels among female woodland managers through hands-on educational opportunities. WOW-net supports and increases women’s access to forestry-related resources while encouraging communication. The statewide and local network includes 350 members in nine counties, holding local and regional field-based sessions each year.
Forestry & Natural Resources Extension: Ties to the Land
Tamara Cushing, Starker Chair for Private and Family Forests
The program’s essence is to help landowners find ways to pass down their property to future generations of their family, while avoiding common pitfalls. Landowners are guided through three key areas that contribute to success: communication, planning and legal tools. Landowners gain a clear understanding of the steps involved in passing on their land and practical tools to help them take those steps. Ties to the Land is a partnership between Forestry & Natural Resources Extension and Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program, which prepares family businesses to address the challenges and opportunities that inevitably arise during succession. More information is available at www.familybusinessonline.org
Forestry & Natural Resources Extension: Oregon Wood Innovation Center
Scott Leavengood, director
OWIC’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of Oregon’s wood products industry by fostering innovation in products, processes and business systems. A key function is to serve as the primary link between university research and the needs and opportunities in the forest industry, which has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. A key OWIC tool that helps connect forest landowners and mill owners is the Oregon Forest Industry Directory (www.orforestdirectory.com), which connects buyers and sellers of forest products and services.