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New Focus on Wildfire

The February 25th meeting of Washington County Small Woodlands will feature Carrie Berger, Associate Program Leader, Forestry & Natural Resources, College of Forestry, OSU. Ms. Berger‘s presentation will include an overview/update on the new Fire Program within OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension and how it might benefit small woodland owners. She will also share her own Firewise story. You won’t want to miss it! 7:00 p.m. at the North Plains Fire Hall on Commercial Street.

In late June 2019, the Oregon Legislature approved the establishment of a new Oregon State Wildland Fire Extension Program, to be led by Forestry & Natural Resources Extension and the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. The ultimate goal is to build wildfire resistance and resilience into our rural landscapes and wildland-urban interface areas. This initiative was inspired by the innovative work of Extension Agent Daniel Leavell with the Klamath and Lake County Forest Health Partnership as a model for expanded
effort statewide. A publication outlining their collaborative process, including curriculum for carrying out similar landscape-scale planning, was published in October 2018.

This new Wildland Fire program will add capacity for up to six new OSU Extension Wildfire Specialists to work with agency and industry partners, communities, landowners, and land managers. The positions will be strategically located where risk is greatest and efforts are likely to have the most impact. The work to be done is too big for any one organization, but by leading partnerships and working together the program plans to make a real impact on the ground, spreading land management and fuel reduction projects over the Oregon landscape. The extra effort is needed as the risk of destructive wildfires is increasing in Oregon and across the West due to growth in the wildland-urban interface, increasing frequency of severe fire weather, and increasing forest fuel loads.

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: February 15, 2020 at 17:16 pm