State House District 53

OSU Extension Fire Program steps up for landowners after wildfires

Westside Oregon landscapes that typically don’t see frequent wildfire events were hit hard by the 2020 Labor Day fires. Fueled by dry conditions and fierce east winds, the westside fires burned over one million acres and ...

Extension rangeland faculty help mitigate spread of invasive grasses

Invasive annual grasses are a threat to the Great Basin desert ecosystem that includes much of eastern Oregon. They compromise habitat diversity for important wildlife species such as the greater sage-grouse. They shorten the ...

Organic vegetable producers finding new ways to fight weeds

Organic produce continues to be in high demand in Oregon, but what consumers don’t see are the weeds growers fight to keep out of their fields. In surveys, organic vegetable growers in Oregon consistently identify weed ...

Extension adult exercise programs keep Oregonians active during COVID-19

Physical activity is important to both physical and emotional health, and it can help strengthen the immune system. Walk With Ease and StrongWomen & StrongPeople are two popular Oregon State University Family and Community ...

Extension continues gardening education during COVID-19

Master Gardeners play a large role in providing food to their communities. In 2019, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners supported 23 school gardens and 46 community gardens. They also make significant donations...

Oregon Tech Trek results in increased interest among girls in STEM careers

STEM careers are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying in the United States, yet they are still dominated by men, particularly computer science (26% female) and engineering (12% female). Research has shown that females and ...

High Desert Garden Tour educates gardeners on growing conditions

Gardeners in the fast-growing high desert of central Oregon encounter a short growing season, limited precipitation, frost any day of the year, and lackluster soil. Both ornamentals and food are a challenge to raise successfully. ...

OSU Extension research helps central Oregon farmers improve cover-cropping practices

Central Oregon is a vibrant agricultural region with 60,000 acres of irrigated croplands. Jefferson County features specialty seed production while fresh market vegetable farms are emerging in Crook and Deschutes counties. These ...

OSU Extension adopts Better Bones & Balance program for Oregon's aging population

A hip fracture caused by a fall is a devastating injury. Nearly one-third of those afflicted are likely to die in the year following injury, studies have found, and many more experience life-altering disability. It’s a common...

Forest project focuses on planning and managing for fire at landscape scale

Federal agencies, state government, collaborative groups and businesses have been attempting to increase the pace and scale of restoration in fire-adapted forests east of the Cascades in Oregon. But achieving landscape-scale outcomes ...