Environmental Health

Sea Grant Extension supports creation of award-winning ocean acidification curriculum

Ocean acidification is the change in ocean chemistry due to increasing concentrations of human-created carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One result of an increase in carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean is carbonate, used for ...

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 ...

Born from necessity, Extension wildflower videos viewed hundreds of times

Each year, Rachel Werling, an instructor in the Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Extension program, leads groups on hikes in in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley to teach them about natural history, fire ...

Oregon Forest Pest Detector seeks to prevent damage to valuable trees

The dreaded emerald ash borer has wiped out millions of ash trees throughout the eastern United States and Canada since it was discovered in Michigan about 20 years ago. As the beetle has moved west, cities have spent ...

Benton County 4-H Wildlife Stewards focus on outdoor education

More students in Benton County schools are going outdoors to engage in science learning thanks to the re-energized 4-H Wildlife Stewards program, made possible by passage of the Benton County 4-H and Extension Service District in...

4-H FOCUS fosters outdoor education and recreation for Benton County students

Studies show that American youth today are more connected to screens than to the outdoors. Parents of children 8 to 12 years old report their children spend three times as many hours with computers and televisions each week ...

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 ...

OSU works to educate public on sudden oak death

Sudden oak death (SOD), caused by a non-native pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has killed hundreds of thousands of tanoak trees in Curry County, Oregon, since it was first detected in 2001. With the expansion of the state ...

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 ...

OSU Extension provides leadership for statewide Outdoor School

Outdoor School has a long tradition in Oregon, with some programs dating back 50 years. But not everyone has had access to the program. That changed in November 2016, when Oregon voters passed Measure 99, mandating that all ...