Harney County Cattle Grazing Study

Meeting Notes:

April 12, 2002

Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

1. Student Website Report
2. Student Report Peer Review Process
3. April 17-21 Field Trip

In attendance:
Jimmy Zamora, Burns High School Agricultural Teacher
Ted Netter, Crane High School Agricultural Teacher
Brandy, Burns High School Student
Channing, Burns High School Student
Christa, Burns High School Student
Eric, Burns High School Student
Jamie, Burns High School Student
Mandy, Burns High School Student
Marlon, Burns High School Student
Tamah, Burns High School Student
Bob Zybach, Program Manager, Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.
Albert Gruen, Project Manager, Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.

Student Website Report.

Students were given background considerations of uses of PDF, HTML, and JPEG files for displaying reports on Internet. Theme of historic pictures of early Harney County cattle grazing history was adopted. Students selected 20-25 pictures from available JPEG files and local history books. Book files were scanned and students began process of attaching titles, reference citations, and captions in WORD file. Plans to complete report via email were lined out.

Student Report Peer Review Process.

Little time was available to discuss peer review process. Initial discussion regarded posting unlinked student report drafts to website for review by other students. Updated drafts could be submitted to Research Station scientists and grad students. Final products would be used to replace drafts on Internet and linked to website for public access.

April 17-21, 2002 Cattle Grazing Field Trip.

The following itinerary was discussed and agreed upon by Zybach, Zamora, and Netter:

Wednesday, April 17. Eastern Oregon Cattle Grazing Comparisons: Geology, Water, and Native Plants. Students will use cameras, field notebooks, and maps to document similarities and differences among cattle grazing areas of Harney, Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and Wasco counties.

Thursday, April 18. Oregon Beef Transportation and Distribution: Columbia Gorge and City of Portland. Students will spend the morning examining and discussing beef transport methods and impediments between grazing lands of eastern Oregon and population/distribution centers of western Oregon. Major dams, ancient geological events, early highways and railroads will be highlighted. The Portland office of the Oregon Beef Council will be visited for further discussion in the afternoon. Digital cameras and video will be used for purposes of documentation.

Friday, April 19. Public Outreach: Classrooms, Media, City and Federal Politicians. Students will present Harney County Cattle Grazing Study overview to Jefferson High School science students in the morning, followed by a tour of the Jefferson television studio. The afternoon will be spent in downtown Portland, meeting with Senator Smith's staff, visiting Mayor Katz's office, learning to produce a press release at the Oregonian, and visiting a television studio. Evening dinner will be in Salem with a possible discussion with Oregon Cattleman's Association representatives.

Saturday, April 20. Research and Education: Archives, Libraries, Auto Tours and Internet. Students will spend the morning at Oregon Sate University library researching the previous days' findings and preparing a "virtual tour" to post on the Internet. The afternoon will be spent on an auto tour of Soap Creek Valley in north Benton County with an extended stop at the OSU Soap Creek Valley Ranch.

Sunday, April 21. Breakfast and return home.

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