Forty percent of Oregon’s family forests are managed, or co-managed, by women. The Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWNet) provides participatory, hands-on peer learning to build technical skills and knowledge for its members. Tiffany Hopkins, WOWNet coordinator, shared details about the program with Anita Azarenko, interim vice provost of Extension and Engagement. WOWNet-style programs across the nation – and in some cases other countries – emulate what has been created in Oregon. For farms-forest lands, there is an opportunity for agriculture and forestry agents and the WOWNet program to cooperate. Other outreach efforts may benefit from the learning about the WOWNet approach.
To learn more about WOWNet and its engagement strategies, contact Tiffany Hopkins.