Friday, May 13, 2011

New Urban Forestry Undergraduate Degree

After many years of planning, Oregon State University (OSU) is unveiling a new urban forestry undergraduate degree program. Effective this summer, OSU students can work towards a new Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources with a major option in Urban Forest Landscapes. You can visit to learn more about the requirements of this new option.

A parallel degree through the OSU Horticulture Department will follow in the coming years. This new degree option has been the result of a long cooperative effort between Oregon Department of Forestry and OSU, and two of the three new college courses behind it were supported in part by a USDA Forest Service Western Competitive Grant award to ODF to address urban/rural interface issues.

Even more exciting is the fact that this new Urban Forest Landscapes option should soon be available online to distance education students through OSU’s award-winning Ecampus program. Please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested in an online urban forestry degree.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Register Now for Urban Forestry Events and Save $$

The following upcoming urban forestry events have early registration deadlines ending soon…register now and save on registration fees:

“Community Trees for Healthy Streams” is the topic of the annual Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference, being held Thursday, June 2, 2011 at World Forestry Center in Portland. The featured speaker is Dr. Susan Day, Urban Forestry Professor from Virginia Tech. Dr. Day will be joined by a number of speakers from communities around Oregon who will be sharing practical tips and techniques for managing tree and stormwater issues. Register online at

“The Summer Arboriculture Short Course” organized by Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry, will be held on June 17-18, 2011 on the OSU campus in Corvallis. This event will use a mix of classroom instruction and field trips using the trees on OSU’s beautiful campus. This is a great course for anyone interested in preparing to take the ISA Certified Arborist exam. Register online at

“Working in the Urbanizing Landscape: Changing Roles for Natural Resource Professionals” is a two-day workshop being held May 23-24, 2011 in Beaverton. This event will prepare natural resource professionals to address the challenges of a rapidly changing wildland-urban interface. Through this professional development opportunity, natural resource professionals will discover how to effectively manage for sustainability in the interface by meeting the needs of interface landowners and remain­ing relevant into the future. For details or to register, visit:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Grant's Getaways: Oregon's Heritage Trees

Grant McOmie and Paul Ries show off some of Oregon's most notable specimen trees. Enjoy.

Learn more about Oregon's Heritage Trees and get a map at Oregon Travel Information Council's website.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards!

Oregon Community Trees (OCT) is pleased to announce the 18th annual

Urban and Community Forestry Awards for 2011. Join OCT, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service in recognizing the accomplishments of individuals, groups and businesses that have been leaders in the efforts to enhance and maintain Oregon’s community forests by taking a moment to fill out the attached nomination.

Click here for nomination form.

Friday, January 21, 2011

High Desert Green Industry Conference

If you supply, design, maintain or manage landscapes in the Intermountain West, you will want to be in
Redmond, OR on February 9 & 10, 2011
to attend the
19th Annual High Desert Green Industry Conference!

Consider these reasons why you don't want to miss this event:
  • Reward yourself for being frugal. Thanks to our generous sponsors, registration fees have been maintained at the same low rate for years!

  • Connect with green industry suppliers from throughout the Northwest during the one-day trade show.

  • Attend a comprehensive schedule of educational classes covering topics relevant to your career and your business.

  • Attend a Master Class or two for a deeper learning on a specific topic. Classes run from 2 - 4 hours.

  • You won’t want to miss our keynote speaker Ed Beaulieu, chief sustainability officer at Aquascapes, Inc. His work has been featured in Better Homes and Garden, Architectural Digest, and he has made several appearances on HGTV and DIY channel shows. He will discuss sustainability of water resources, rainwater harvesting and stormwater management.

  • Earn professional recertification and continuing education credits, if you are an Oregon-licensed pesticide applicator, landscape professional, or a certified arborist.

Register Online or by phone at 541-548-6088

Come and enjoy High Desert sunshine and high elevation snow! Central Oregon's remarkable winter climate and outdoor recreation activities await you!

Details at

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Community Trees For Healthy Streams

Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference is June 2, 2011

Mark your calendars for Thursday June 2, 2011, to attend the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Conference, being held at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

This year’s theme “Community Trees For Healthy Streams” focuses on the role and value of trees in managing stormwater runoff from urbanized areas, where roads impact natural resource quality as well as our own safety and well-being.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Susan Day, urban forestry professor from Virginia Tech. Dr. Day is a well known speaker on improving tree health and canopy cover in land development and urban design issues and how root/soil interactions affect the contribution of trees to urban ecosystems.

Other speakers from around the region will share practical examples of how their cities have managed stormwater using community trees. Look for complete details via email later this winter, or visit