One study will engage
decision-makers and residents in the Klamath
Basin, exploring how Oregon's land-use
planning system affects owners of
agricultural lands and their ability to
manage their land - and water rights and
usage - in a sustainable manner.
The second project will
train local residents in three coastal
communities to gather data on the importance
of fishing to their community,
characteristics of local fishermen and
fishing families, economic change, changes
in the fishing effort, and effects of recent
"In both projects, we are
looking to create partnerships with local
civic leaders and citizens to collectively
gauge the impact of state and federal
policies on local communities," said Bruce
Weber, a professor of agricultural and
resource economics at OSU and director of
the Sustainable Rural Communities
Initiative. "The leaders of both projects
are developing proposals for external
support to sustain the relationships they'll
develop this summer."
Hannah Gosnell, an
assistant professor in OSU's Department of
Geosciences, will lead the Klamath Basin
project. The university-funded seed grant
will allow five OSU faculty members from
different disciplines to work with Extension
faculty in Klamath County to explore the
impacts of land-use planning in the Klamath
Basin, and develop relationships with
decision-makers and landowners.
Other OSU faculty members
involved in the project include Gail
Achterman, director of the Institute for
Natural Resources; Bill Jaeger, an
agricultural and resource economist; Denise
Lach, a sociologist; Lindsey Lyons, an
Extension faculty member in Klamath County;
and Desiree Tullos, a bioengineer.
Their work will support
the comprehensive look at Oregon's state
land-use planning system undertaken by the
Oregon Task Force on Land Use Planning.
The coastal communities
project will be led by Flaxen Conway, an
associate professor of sociology at OSU who
also works as a community outreach
specialist for Sea Grant Extension. Conway
will help train local residents in three
coastal communities to gather
"scientifically defensible" data.
That data will help
regional and federal decision-makers to
better understand the potential impacts that
fisheries management policies may have on
produced during the project will be used to
supplement a series of "short profiles" on
communities already being supplied to the
Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which
makes fisheries management decisions for
Oregon. Working with Conway will be Bryan
Tilt, a new OSU anthropologist who
previously worked for the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration producing
The specific coastal
communities will be named later, Conway
said, but all three will be port towns that
are active in different aspects of the
Funding for the seed
projects has been provided by OSU as part of
the university's strategic plan.
About Oregon State
University: OSU is one of only two U.S.
universities designated a land grant, sea
grant, space grant and sun grant
institution. OSU is also Oregon's largest
public research university, garnering more
than 60 percent of the total federal and
private research funding in the Oregon
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