Extension forestry agent Glenn Ahrens takes helm

Glenn Ahrens is a new Extension Agent for Oregon State University serving Hood River County — as well as Clackamas, East Multnomah and Marion counties.

Ahrens started his new position housed at the Clackamas County Extension office in Oregon City on July 1. For the past 11 years, Ahrens has been the OSU Extension Forestry Agent on the North Oregon Coast covering Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

“We are excited to have this new agent position providing assistance to forest owners in Hood River County,” said Brian Tuck, OSU Extension regional administrator. “Glenn is an excellent Extension agent with great background, experience and technical skills in managing forests and working with a variety of landowners, resource professionals and the public.”

Ahrens has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Humboldt State University and a master’s in forest science from Oregon State University. Although he has a broad background, Ahrens’ subject expertise is in hardwood management and riparian silviculture, where he supports statewide outreach for the OSU Extension forestry program.

Ahrens said, “I’m really excited to be working in this region of the state. The stewardship of private, family-owned forest properties is an important part of the culture and economy of the Hood River area. I am looking forward to meeting the landowners and working together to help solve their problems.”

Although Ahrens’ home office location will be in Clackamas County, he will be available by phone and email. He expects to be in Hood River County about once every two weeks for field calls, educational programming and meetings. When in Hood River County, Ahrens can be reached at the Extension office.

In addition, Ahrens plans to develop a regional Extension forestry program serving his four-county area. He will publish a bi-monthly newsletter, develop an educational program schedule and plan major events that landowners across his area will all be invited to attend.

Ahrens can be contacted at 503-655-8631 or glenn.ah-rens@oregonstate.edu.

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