in the woods podcast


From the Oregon State University’s Extension Service, “In the Woods” is a monthly podcast series with the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension program. This podcast aims to share the voices of researchers, land managers, and members of the public interested in telling the story of how woodlands provide more than just trees, they provide interconnectedness that is essential to your daily life. Discover a new topic related to forests on each episode.

Meet Your Hosts:

Lauren Grand joined OSU Extension as the Lane County Extension Forester and Assistant Professor (Practice) in 2016. Lauren’s role is to provide objective, research-based educational opportunities related to forest ecology, forest stewardship, and small woodland management.

Carrie Berger is the Forestry and Natural Resources Statewide Fire Program Manager. Carrie has been with Oregon State University for over 12 years.

Stephen Fitzgerald is the statewide Extension Silviculture Specialist and Director of the Oregon State University College of Forestry Research Forests.  Fitzgerald has worked in both the wet and dry forests of Oregon.  He has been a faculty member of Oregon State University for 37 years.

Jacob Putney is the Extension Forester, Assistant Professor of Practice for Baker and Grant Counties. He joined the Forestry and Natural Resources team in 2019, after completing his Masters in Forest Management. His expertise is in forest modelling, inventory, growth and yield, and silviculture.

Jason O’Brien came to Oregon State University in 2009 to start the Oregon Master Naturalist Program (OMP). The OMP has certified over 200 Oregonians, and has exposed hundreds more to a wide range of Oregon’s natural history and ecology subjects.


This podcast is made possible by funding from OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.


Music for the in the woods podcast was composed by Jeff Hino.

Graphic Design for the in the woods album art was created by Christina Friehauf.

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