Coastal

Led by OSU Extension Fire Program, statewide campaign prepares Oregonians for wildfire

In addition to climate change and a century of vegetation buildup, people contribute to wildfires more than ever. This is especially true as they move into houses that were built next to forest and agricultural lands where ...

OSU Extension Fire Program shares benefits of prescribed burning

For thousands of years, fire supported environmental health in many parts of Oregon through both natural occurrences and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples. But after more than a century of fires being suppressed, Oregon’s ...

OSU Extension Master Gardener Program increases diversity, equity and inclusivity

With 2,293 volunteers across the state, the 45-year-old Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program served 38,000 Oregonians in 2021. Traditionally, the structure and delivery of the program has limited volunteer ...

Latino and Mesoamerican Indigenous families grow their own food with help from OSU Extension

Latino and Mesoamerican Indigenous families in Lincoln County generally have less access to land for growing their own food. Due to language barriers – most of the residents speak Spanish or Mam, a language spoken by more ...

Project PLANT home-gardening kits welcomed by limited-income families

Inadequate access to healthy food is a concerning issue that represents a significant barrier to healthy eating and achieving food security. Individuals with limited income and resources, such as those reached by the federal ...

WE CAN study creates tools and resources to help communities increase intake of fruits and vegetables

Cancer is the number one cause of death of Coos County residents, nearly double the Oregon rate. Studies demonstrate that eating fruits and vegetables could improve outcomes for cancer patients. However, less than 15% of Coos ...

OSU Extension helps rebuild wells and septic systems in Otis community

The Echo Mountain Complex wildfire ignited in Lincoln County on Labor Day weekend in 2020, destroying about 400 homes in and around the Otis community. Hundreds of families were left with no place to live. Most properties ...

OSU Extension helps assess need for seedlings for fire-affected landowners

More than 180,000 acres of family-owned forestland were affected by the devastating 2020 Oregon wildfires. Many of the more than 5,000 owners are finding it almost impossible to find seedlings or tree planters to reforest their ...

Teen learning experiences transformed by dive into VR app creation

Coupled with broad, societal misconceptions about food and agriculture, an aging crisis is threatening farming. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, the average age of an American farmer is 57, 10 years older than the ...

OSU research finds slugs go 'bonkers' for bread dough

Since the beginning of recorded history, slugs have ravaged crops and today are responsible for billions of dollars in damage – including between $60-$100 million to Oregon’s valuable grass seed industry alone, according to ...