Meeting Demand for In-Person Learning

Steve Fitzgerald and Hunter Holeman teach Thinning Your Forest workshop at Tree School Field Day. (Photo by Amanda Loman)

This year we saw a return to a more normal slate of in-person learning opportunities for OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension. In total, over 1,000 woodland owners and forest enthusiasts made it out to our in-person adult programs in 2023 with the main events including Tree School at the Clackamas Community College, the Oregon Family Forest Convention in Estacada, and a Tree School Field Day at Hopkins Demonstration Forest. Supplementary opportunities were also offered throughout the year, including a Basic Forestry Shortcourse for new woodland owners.  

Just as landowners and managers have a wide variety of goals for their woodlands, we strive to offer a wide variety of learning opportunities. Students left our programs this year with information on reducing wildfire hazards to their homes and woodlands, how to keep their forests healthy and combat invasive species, actionable steps to increase habitat for wildlife and pollinators, managing forests in a changing climate, and much more.