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Learning To Be Stewards Of The Land

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It's not just city people who dream of buying a chunk of land in the country and living closer to nature.  But especially for the ex-urban dwellers, the questions start with: how?

The days when most of the American population lived on farms is long past.  Which is why the Extension Service at Oregon State University offers a Land Steward Program, to teach new and aspiring country dwellers to take better care of their property--and ultimately, themselves. 

The program trains landowners over 11 weeks in subjects like wildfire risk reduction and stream ecology.  Three guests join us: Rachel Werling, who coordinates the Land Steward Program in Jackson County, Clint Nichols, Rural Planner for Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation, and former urban-resident-turned-Land Steward Diane Choplin.  


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.