Episode 50: The Oregon Forest Practices Act

In this episode Lauren Grand interviews Julie Woodward, Director of Forestry for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and Jennifer Ward, training lead for the Forest Resources Division, ODF.

“So, if you think about what Oregonians care about and value, it’s really reflected in the forest practice rules and what we help protect…you think about from the soil to the water, the wildlife the fish and reforestation.”

– Julie Woodward, Director of Forestry, Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
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Episode 49: The Oregon Wildfire Hazard Map

In this episode Lauren Grand interviews Andy McEvoy on the wildfire hazard map created for Oregon.

“It includes that best available science with that first round of input from fire and fuels professionals on the fuels, but then it also includes observations from and feedback from county planners, local land managers, and the other folks that know their landscapes.”  

Andy McEvoy, Oregon State University, Faculty Research Assistant
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Episode 48: Reducing Fire Risk in Northwest Oregon

In this episode Lauren Grand and guest-host Aaron Groth interview Jen Warren and Mike Cafferata.

A red flag warning is a great opportunity to trigger folks to think about what they can do to prepare in case there were a fire near their home…Do a good sweep around your house, refresh your evacuation plan, and check your kit.” 

Jen Warren, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Fire Risk Reduction Specialist.
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In this episode, Lauren Grand is joined by Glenn Ahrens and Scott Altenhoff to discuss the impact of storms on Oregon’s forests.

“The old adage, ‘A stitch in time can save nine’ – preventative maintenance, although it is an expense, it can really pay off in dividends.”

– Scott Altenhoff, Program Manager for Urban and Community Forestry Assistance for the Oregon Department of Forestry.
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Episode 45: Carbon Markets

In this episode, Lauren Grand invites Jacob Putney on the show to breakdown what carbon markets are and how they can be utilized to mitigate CO2 emissions.

“If a lot of carbon is being emitted through a particular industry, and they want to be carbon neutral, they can reduce their activities, or buy these offsets to balance that system.”

– Jacob Putney, OSU Assistant Professor of Practice and Extension Forester for Baker and Grant Counties.
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Episode 44: Slash Piles

In this episode, Jacob Putney is joined by John Punches to discuss tips and regulations related to piling, managing and burning slash.

“Remember that when we burn we’re releasing heat and smoke into the atmosphere, and before we make the decision to burn, let’s think about what’s next to where those piles are.”

– John Punches, OSU Extension Forester in NE Oregon and Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
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Episode 43: OSU Campus Arboretum

In this episode, Scott Leavengood tours OSU’s main campus with Dan Blanchard to learn about the university’s rich history of woody plants and the process of turning OSU into an accredited arboretum.

“The Willamette Valley is incredible… environmental conditions have allowed our campus to turn into a horticultural mecca.”

– Dan Blanchard, Curator of Living Plant Collections for OSU Campus Arboretum & Horticulture Instructor
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Episode 42: Mediterranean Oak Borer

In this episode, Lauren Grand is joined by Christine Buhl to discuss what the Mediterranean Oak Borer is, where it came from, and ways to identify infestations and prevent them from spreading.

“The healthier you can make your trees, the better they are going to be able to resist & tolerate invasive insects.”

– Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry Entomologist
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Episode 41: Indigenous Partnerships

In this episode, Lauren Grand is joined once again by Cristina Eisenberg to discuss how creating relationships with indigenous tribes can help strengthen Western science methodologies to create natural ecosystem resiliency.

“I truly believe that if we come together across cultures… we are going to help steward a much more sustainable future.”

– Cristina Eisenberg, OSU Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Director of Tribal Initiatives in Natural Resources
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