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WSU Vancouver offers forum on economic renewal and community identity
April 8, 2009

WSU Vancouver will offer a public panel forum on economic renewal and community identity, April 15 from 12-1:15 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Community leaders Kelly Sills, Ginger Metcalf and Paul Speer will lead the discussion about Clark County’s hard choices and significant opportunities to rebuild its economy and shape the identity of our community.

 

Sills is the economic development manager for the Board of Clark County Commissioners. Metcalf is the executive director of Identity Clark County. Speer is a board member of Leadership Clark County.

WSU Vancouver hosts holiday open house
November 25, 2008

VANCOUVER – The WSU Vancouver Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites the community to share the holiday spirit at an open house in the Firstenburg Student Commons, 4 to 7 p.m., Dec. 3.

The WSU Vancouver Community Choir will perform at 5 p.m., followed by a greeting from Chancellor Hal Dengerink at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone from the community is welcome on campus to shop late at the Bookie, munch on holiday snacks, hear the chancellor speak on what will be happening at WSU in the coming new year, get gifts wrapped in WSU gift wrap, and have their picture taken with WSU … » More …

Small acreage stewardship curriculum wins award
September 26, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A curriculum developed to help the growing number of small acreage landowners become good land stewards has been named winner of a national award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

 

“Living on the Land,” the curriculum developed by an eight-state team, is being awarded the CSREES Partnership Award for Multi-state Efforts. The team is led by Susan Donaldson of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and includes Doug Stienbarger, director of WSU Clark County Extension.

 

Stienbarger coauthored both lessons in the first module of the curriculum, reviewed the entire curriculum to recommend modifications, and … » More …

Historic centerchanges mission
April 9, 2008

VANCOUVER – WSU’s historic 78th St. Agricultural Research and Extension Center has new owners as of today, along with a new mission and a new plan for the future, all based on a decades-long partnership.

Clark County commissioners today announced they will assume ownership of the 79-acre property from WSU. They also outlined a new vision of what activities will take place there.

“Our goal is to preserve the site as part of the county’s agricultural heritage with a specific focus on sustainability and to make it available to the public,” said Mark McCauley, director … » More …

WSU Vancouver launches research on lake algae
April 25, 2007

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Biologists from Washington State University Vancouver have begun taking weekly algae samples from Vancouver Lake as part of a $100,000, one-year research contract with the Clark County Public Works department. The contract is part of the information gathering process headed by the Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership, a public involvement group whose mission is to improve the total quality of the lake and the functions it serves in the community. Recent years have seen frequent cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms in the water which have closed the lake to swimmers and boaters. “The algae can cause skin irritations in humans, and illness in animals … » More …

Clark County: Where the city meets the farm
September 22, 2004

The fast-paced city grind is being left behind by many Clark County residents for a life of small-acreage farming. Thanks to the award-winning “Living on the Land” program at Washington State University Clark County Extension, many ex-city slickers from the Portland, Ore.-Vancouver, Wash., area are learning to make the most of their new property. Douglas Stienbarger, extension director and program co-creator, said the curriculum was developed because of the rapid urbanization and land fragmentation that is occurring in the area. Stienbarger said his students have varied reasons for moving out to a rural community and taking the class. “Some students have always wanted to have … » More …