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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 ...

Wildfire danger in northeast Oregon ignites action to Improve forest health

Forests in northeast Oregon have grown dense with shade-tolerant tree varieties, increasing fuel loads and serving as routes for ground fires to reach the tops of larger trees. The lack of frequent, low-intensity fires leaves ...

Extension Master Gardener Program rises to challenge during pandemic

Oregon's Master Gardener Program is one of the oldest in the country, dating to 1976. But 2020 was a year unlike any other for Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener faculty, staff, and volunteers. What began...

OSU helps cattle ranchers, environmentalists save sage-grouse

Oregon is home to 1.3 million head of cattle, valued at almost $700 million, many of which graze on sagebrush grassland. But some of that same land is also home to the greater sage-grouse. The bird occupies about half of...

OSU keeps forests healthy and productive

A serious epidemic of Swiss needle cast has hit the west slope of the Oregon Coast Range. This native fungal foliage disease can significantly reduce growth rates and the competitiveness of Douglas-fir, the most important timber...

Youth ride into one-of-a-kind learning experience on 4-H Wagon Train

Positive youth development programs that are multi-generational, diverse, family-centered and non-competitive are important lifelong learning opportunities not often available in today’s society. To help connect youth with elders and ...

OSU helps create management framework, field guide to address threats to sagebrush ecosystem

The invasion of annual grasses, an unprecedented rise in wildfire, and encroachment by conifers have substantially contributed to a 50-percent reduction in Oregon’s sagebrush ecosystem over the past 150 years. Such extensive habitat...

OSU Extension helps ranchers follow strict new antibiotic rules

Antibiotics are an effective weapon against bacterial disease. But because they’re used widely in both animals and humans, some bacteria have evolved into deadly, drug-resistant super-strains. About 2 million people in the U.S. are...

OSU research saves water and cuts pollution for onion farmers

Southeastern Oregon provides a dry and sunny climate for growing onions. But farmers there face a dual challenge: making the most of the region’s limited water stores, and minimizing overfertilization of the soil, which can ...