Environmental Health

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 ...

Warm Springs students explore ecology in collaboration with OSU Extension

There’s concern among tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs that youths aren’t getting enough outdoor and science educational opportunities, especially opportunities with connections to tribal culture, values and ...

Master Woodland Managers educate on the environment in eastern Oregon

Oregon's small woodland owners manage almost 4.5 million acres – or 40% of all private forestland in the state. In Baker and Grant counties, private owners manage 150,000 acres, providing substantial contributions to local ...

Eastern Oregon landowners equipped to better manage their forests through OSU Extension outreach

Eastern Oregon landowners have a wide range of needs that make managing the region’s diverse forests challenging. Getting individualized information on topics such as timber production, grazing, wildlife habitat, forest health ...

Clackamas County youths reconnect with outdoors through OSU Extension forestry education programs

By the summer of 2021, after more than a year of remote learning due to COVID-19, many Clackamas County elementary and middle school students hadn’t experienced hands-on enrichment activities and field trips that enhance ...

Partnership organized by OSU Extension helps small forest owners affected by the Archie Creek Fire

On Sept. 8, 2020 during the devastating Labor Day wildfires, two fires broke out near Ideyld Park, 20 miles east of Roseburg. The Star Mountain Fire and Archie Creek Fire quickly merged, propelled by the strong winds blowing...

Extension research finds dormant-season grazing might keep wildfire at bay

Since 2010, nearly 2.5 million acres have burned in wildfires in and around Malheur County, devasting the natural and working landscapes and negatively impacting agricultural resilience and competitiveness. In response, Sergio Arispe, ...

OSU Extension gives Master Gardeners tools to broaden understanding of biodiversity

From tiny insects to towering trees, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener volunteers are often called upon to identify the flora and fauna of Oregon. Plant and animal identification is a specialized skill that...

Woodland Pollinator Stewards enhance bee habitat on private lands

Pollinator health has captured the interest of the country as people become concerned about dwindling populations of bees. Oregon forests are home to an estimated 300 native bee species but there’s much to learn about their ...

Extension outreach results in thousands of seedlings planted in fire-scarred Jackson County

Following the 2020 Labor Day wildfires that burned more than 1 million acres in Oregon, it became apparent that enough resources for recovery didn’t match the need. For example, there was a high need for tree seedlings to ...