OSU Land Steward Program Professional Development Project

Project Overview

EW18-015
Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2018: $73,199.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: Oregon State University
Region: Western
State: Oregon
Principal Investigator:
Rachel Werling
Oregon State University

Commodities

Not commodity specific

Practices

  • Animal Production: grazing management, rangeland/pasture management
  • Crop Production: forestry, forest/woodlot management, water management
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Natural Resources/Environment: afforestation, biodiversity, habitat enhancement, riparian buffers, riverbank protection, soil stabilization, wildlife
  • Pest Management: integrated pest management, prevention
  • Soil Management: soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: community development, quality of life, social capital

    Proposal abstract:

    The objectives of this project are to create tools and professional development trainings to
    expand the locally successful Oregon State University Southern Oregon Research and Extension
    Center Land Steward program to reach new audiences via Extension agents and educators,
    NRCS staff, Soils and Water Conservation District personnel, and other agricultural professionals
    who provide educational and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forest owners
    throughout Oregon, and into Idaho, Washington and California. The Land Steward program is
    effective at increasing knowledge, motivation and changing behavior. Within six months of
    completing the program more than 80% of participants have implemented at least one best
    management practice, and over time participants have adopted hundreds of best management
    practices ranging from irrigation improvements, to fire hazard abatement, to noxious weed
    eradication, to riparian restoration, resulting in impacts on thousands of acres of land. The
    Land Steward program serves as a launching pad for further education and technical assistance
    from local agencies such as Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and the Natural
    Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with 97% reporting improved ability to access such
    educational and technical resources. Equally important, the program develops a sense of
    community among participants and Land Stewards serve as ambassadors to other land owners.
    Specifically, this project will 1) refine and publish a curriculum for the eleven module LS
    training; 2) publish a series of management guidelines for distribution among land owners; 3)
    create a hybrid version of the LS training; 4) provide three, two-day professional development
    workshops to train ~45 agricultural and natural resource professionals to use the curriculum,
    hybrid program, and management documents; 5) present at three state and national
    conferences to introduce these tools to an additional ~54 professionals.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The objectives of this project are to create tools and professional development
    trainings to allow the locally successful Oregon State University (OSU) Southern Oregon
    Research and Extension Center (SOREC) Land Steward (LS) program to reach expanded
    audiences via Extension agents and educators, NRCS staff, Soils and Water Conservation District
    personnel, and other agricultural professionals who provide educational and technical
    assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forest owners throughout Oregon, and into Idaho,
    Washington and California. Specifically, the project will 1) refine and publish a curriculum for
    the eleven module LS training; 2) publish a series of topic based management guidelines for
    instructors to distribute to land owners 3) create a hybrid version of the LS training; 4) provide
    three, two-day professional development workshops to train ~45 agricultural and natural
    resource professionals to use the curriculum, hybrid program, and management documents; 5)
    present at three state and national conferences to introduce these tools to an additional ~54
    professionals.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.