September 26, 2001
Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
Tony Svejcar - Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
Ted Netter - Crane High School
Jimmy Zamora - Burns High School
Bob Zybach - Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.
Wayne Giesy - Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.
Question 1: Are a series of group e-mails the best way to get this project
started? Should we set a date for the next meeting? Who else should be
Basic Agreement: Crane HS and Harney HS Agriculture teachers and students
will work with the assistance of the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research
Center (EOARC) and other members of the local community during the 2000-2001
school year to study the benefits and effects of cattle grazing in Harney
County, Oregon. ORWW will work with teachers, students, scientists, and
other project participants to help create and maintain a long-term Internet
website to display the results of the study and to assist in use of the
website for purposes of public education and local resources management.
EOARC will work with teachers and students to provide scientific expertise
and peer review and to help develop practical uses of the website for
public education and local resources management purposes.
Question 2: Should we develop a formal agreement for this project? If so,
should other organizations or individuals be included at this point? How
should participants and agreements be presented on the website?
Purpose of the Study. The primary purpose of this project is to assist
with the education of Crane HS and Burns HS Agriculture students regarding
the benefits and effects of cattle grazing and the use of Internet for data
archive, resource management, and public education. A secondary purpose of
the project is to use the website to enhance the management of cattle and
grazing lands in Harney County.
Question 3: Are there other purposes that should be listed? How can the
purposes be more clearly presented? Where should they be included on the
Student Reports and Project Themes: Key Benefits & Effects of Cattle
Grazing on Local Environments
1. Food Production
2. Recreational Opportunities
3. Fire Management/Public Safety
4. Wildlife Habitat
5. Economy and Infrastructure Development
6. Environment (Air and Water Quality)
7. Culture (Way of Life)
Question 4: What other benefits and effects can be studied? Can classroom
time be effectively used to prioritize and briefly define these themes?
Where should they be presented on the website?
Website Design: The following outline includes the major components we
discussed that should be included in website design. ORWW will host the
project website and will also host Homepages for Crane HS and Burns HS
and/or the HS Ag classes for at least two years. If another host is
preferred, ORWW will provide a mirror site for backup copy and public
education and/or use purposes. Costs of website hosting will be carried by
ORWW, thanks to a generous grant provided by the Clemens Foundation of
The first four components were discussed during the meeting. I have added
a fifth component, Desired Future Conditions, as a reasonable outcome of
the student's findings. Please comment, add, subtract, and/or amend.
I. Cattle Grazing History
II. Current Research
III. Current Issues
Monitoring for Permits
Pesticides and Herbicides
IV. Geology and Prehistoric Conditions
V. Desired Future Conditions
Next Year (2003)
Five Years (2007)
Twenty Years (2022)
One Hundred Years (2102)
Project Homepage: The homepage should load quickly, contain one or more
interesting graphics, and link to the principal participants and components
listed above. We are prepared to put it immediately online, as soon as
group consensus (Crane HS, Burns HS, ORWW, EOARC)is reached regarding
design. The HS and/or Ag class homepages should be developed
independently. ORWW will provide server space for several dozen webpages
for the school and Ag class websites for at least two years, so long as
size remains reasonable. A significant amount of space is available for
the Cattle Grazing Website, but care should be taken to make certain
webpages load rapidly and can be easily reached and used. Video (mpeg) and
sound pages can also be developed, but use should be based on practical
value rather than strict entertainment or decoration.
Question 5: Who should design the Draft Homepage? Should we put four or
five samples online? Should HS students other than Ag students be involved
in creating HS Homepages? Should we have a groupd meeting of both classes
for the purpose of designing a homepage?
Question 6: What next? Should we continue planning and discussion through
group e-mail? Meet again in the near future? Plan a group activity
including both schools? Put together a discussion board or chat room on
the new website? Other?
This is an exciting project and I am looking forward with great interest to
working with each of you and the students to make certain we achieve the
best results possible--and have fun in the process!
Bob Zybach, Project Manager
Wayne Giesy, Board Member