Oregon State receives Family Forest Education Award at SAF National Convention

The Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension program has been awarded the 2017 Family Forest Education Award, the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs announced. The award recognizes an outstanding comprehensive educational program to improve management of family owned forests and was presented to OSU at the Society of American Foresters National Convention last month.

“OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension is pleased and honored to accept the Family Forest Education Award,” said Jim Johnson, Senior Associate Dean at the OSU College of Forestry and FNR Extension Program Lead. “We aim to be the state's leading provider of research-based knowledge and problem-solving educational programs to foster new ways to wisely manage and use Oregon's forest resources. I am so proud of the work our extension agents and specialists do to help people throughout the state manage productive and healthy forest lands.”  

The FNR Extension program began in the 1940s with a focus on family forest education with programs aimed at improving tree planting techniques, controlling wildfires and launching the Christmas tree industry, which has grown to be the largest in the U.S.

Today, FNR Extension agents and specialists are located throughout the state, covering 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties. Agents and specialists focus on areas including field operations, statewide and special programs, forest health, forest economics, management and policy, silviculture, urban forestry, Christmas tree production, timber harvesting, watershed management and more.

In the past year, FNR extension agents and specialists completed over 400 educational programs such as field tours, workshops and presentations to over 6,300 individuals. Extension programs now include:


  • The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP), which prepares K-12 educators to actively engage students in the study of Oregon’s diverse natural resources and ecosystems through relevant, meaningful, and place-based experiential learning.


  • The Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet), which provides relevant peer-learning opportunities for women in forestry roles, an emerging landowner group.


  • Since its debut in March 2011, ‘Ask an Expert’ has fielded over 9,750 questions from across the state, the nation and world to provide answers to a number of forestry, natural resources and gardening topics.


  • The Oregon Wood Innovation Center fosters the competitiveness of Oregon’s wood-products industry through testing, technical assistance and market assessment projects for Oregon businesses. 


  • The Continuing and Professional Education Program provides learning opportunities to the professionals in forestry and natural resources. 


  • The Northwest Fire Science Consortium continues to expand its reach throughout Washington and Oregon, accelerating the awareness, understanding and adoption of wildland fire science.


  • The Master Woodland Manager Program provides courses for landowners who are interested in receiving intensive forest management training and sharing their knowledge with people in their local communities. 


  • The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is designed for people interested in Oregon’s natural history and natural resources management who want to dedicate their time as volunteers.


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