Forestry & Natural Resources Extension

Welcome to the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program at Oregon State University! Our Extension Agents and Specialists work everyday to learn about the latest techniques in natural resource management, and then, through educational programs and materials, transfer this knowledge to our client groups, such as forest owners, foresters and other natural resource managers, Educators (PreK-12), Christmas tree growers, loggers and forest workers, etc. On this website you will learn about some of our marquee programs, such as Master Woodland Manager, Citizen Fire Academy, Women Owning Woodlands, Tree School, and more. Check out our calendar of upcoming events, and our more than 100 publications and other educational materials. Also, we invite you to visit your nearest county Extension office to meet your county staff up close and personal. While we do not have Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agents in every county, chances are there is an agent in a nearby county who can assist you. It is our mission to be the state's leading provider of research-based knowledge and problem-solving educational programs designed to foster new ways to manage and use Oregon's forest resources wisely.

Upcoming Opportunities

Rain Gardens and Bioswales: From Basics to Installation

Are you experiencing pooling or ponding on your property? Do you want to manage stormwater or perhaps just beautify your property with functional landscaping? Consider installing a rain garden or bioswale! Learn about the basics of them, how they are similar, how they differ, and how to install them.…

Wildfire in Your Forest Future

How important is wildfire risk in your neighborhood? Is it getting worse? Is there really anything you can do to change it, especially when there are thousands of public and private acres beyond your control? For good answers we seek the knowledge of those who are most…

Gardening with Pacific Northwest Native Plants: An Ecological Approach

While gardening with native plants today is more popular than ever, gardeners often wonder how to best use them in the landscape. This presentation explores what makes a plant “native”, situates native plants in the context of native ecosystems, and adopts those ecosystems into concepts for the home garden.…

Shared habitat: How we can unpack wildlife conflicts

We will cover how and why human-wildlife conflicts develop in our yards and gardens and then discuss basic tactics to manage potential and ongoing problems. As OSU’s Extension Wildlife Specialist, Dana Sanchez gets to meet many Oregonians and discuss their encounters, curiosity, and conflicts around our native…

Pastures to Meadows: Creating Pollinator Habitat on Your Backyard

Lawns and small, unused pastures present a great opportunity to provide high-quality habitat to the many pollinating insects and birds that are currently threatened by habitat loss. In this class, you will learn to convert a lawn or small pasture to pollinator habitat. We will cover eliminating current vegetation,…

How to Manage Your Forest