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OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program

Carrie Berger and her sons, Charlie and Henry

Our February 25th monthly meeting at North Plains Fire Hall featured Carrie Berger, OSU Extension Fire Program Chair.  Carrie’s talk was aided by her sons, Henry and Charlie, who helped Carrie obtain a “Firewise” designation for their neighborhood, Skyline West, a suburb of Corvallis.

When Carrie’s family moved there in 2014, fire issues were not high on their list, but after realizing that 80% of fires are caused by humans, that there was only one way in and out of the neighborhood, and there was a need for education about fire safety, Carrie began the process having their community obtain a “Firewise” designation.

With the help of the local fire department, they obtained a risk assessment, applied for a “Firewise” designation, obtained grants to help engage neighbors and had an actual practice evacuation, “Ready, Set, Go” with the help of police, fire and the city of Corvallis.  The website www.firewise.org has great information on how to become a “Firewise” community as well as individual fire safety.                                          

Read more in our March 2020 Forest Forum

Remembering Amy Grotta

The forest community lost one fantastic personality on December 24. Our dear friend and colleague Amy Grotta passed away. Amy was the FNR Extension agent for Columbia, Multnomah, and Yamhill Counties.  Amy had been living with cancer for a number of years which regrettably took her life. Her indomitable spirit had been an inspiration for us all.  She will not be forgotten. What an incredible talent and friend to the forest and to those who were touched by her talent, wisdom, energy, and willingness to step in and help us. Among her accomplishments while at OSU, Amy authored numerous Extension publications on a variety of forest management topics.  Her “Tree Topics” blog and publications kept us informed on important tree matters.

Amy’s family plans a celebration of Amy’s life in the spring, and there is work happening to create an OSU Foundation fund in her name that we can use to create an appropriate forestry memorial.   In the meantime, cards may be sent to: Dreher Family (David, Anna and Eben), 4706 NE 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97211.  Additionally, see page 3 for a great idea for sharing memories of Amy.

For continuation see Page 3 of the January 2020 Forest Forum.



Last updated: March 5, 2020 at 8:50 am