Managing natural resources for the future

Jerry Risk is an Ambassador for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources, majoring in Natural Resources with an option in watershed management and a minor in chemistry. He’s from Sutherlin, Oregon, and attributes his childhood and love of the outdoors as major factors in his decision to study Natural Resources in the College of Forestry.

“All throughout my childhood I can remember hunting, fishing, hiking, or just being outside with my dad,” Jerry says. “The outdoors are something I’ve known and loved ever since I can remember.”

Growing up, Jerry was an active member of National Future Farmers of America (FFA). He participated in many Career Development Events (CDE) through FFA, but it was the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE that he enjoyed the most because of its tie back to his passion for the outdoors.

“My passion for the outdoors as well as being involved in production agriculture throughout my life is what drew me to the National FFA Organization in high school. However, I had no idea how big of an impact it would have on my life,” Jerry says.

Jerry took classes at Umpqua Community College and Linn-Benton Community College before transferring to Oregon State to pursue a bachelor’s degree. He is enrolled in the Degree Partnership Program, which allows students to be dually enrolled at OSU and a community college partner. Jerry started at Oregon State as a BioResource Research major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, but decided to make the change to Natural Resources when he realized that research wasn’t a path that he wanted to pursue. He chose Natural Resources because of his love and passion for the outdoors.

“I want future generations to be able to enjoy the outdoors just as much as I do, and in order for that to happen, we need educated individuals making an impact and difference in managing our natural resources,” explains Jerry.

This is Jerry’s first year as an ambassador, and he says that he is excited to represent Oregon State, and hopes to help current and future students to realize all of the great opportunities and resources available to them within the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry.