Punches, John

Position Type: 
Faculty
Job Title: 
Associate Professor & Extension Forester for Union, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties
Department: 
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Outreach and Engagement
Office Location: 

Union County Extension

Phone Number: 
(541) 602-4689
Counties Served (OSU Extension): 
Union, Umatilla, Wallowa
Activities/Awards: 
College of Forestry Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership during Development of an Extension Service District.
Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Leadership. In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Oregon State University Extension Service. 2008.
Education: 
PhD, (in progress) Forest Science
MS, 1993 Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
BS, 1990 Forestry, Michigan Technological University
Research Interests: 
  • Forest Management
  • Silviculture
Areas of Expertise: Silviculture; Forest management; Conifer physiology; Forest Restoration
Bio: 
Current Programs: Leadership for Extension faculty and programs in SW Oregon. Program planning and development, assessment of needs and impact, resource development, budgeting and fiscal management, mentoring new faculty, Extension service district development, extending OSU’s outreach and engagement mission.
Courses Taught: 
  • Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture.
  • Introduction to Reforestation and Vegetation Management
  • Introduction to Forest Health
  • Forest Business Considerations
  • Forest Road Maintenance
  • Forest Watersheds
  • Forest Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Introduction to Timber Harvesting
  • Marketing Timber Products
  • Measuring Timber Products
  • The Basics of Forest Inventory
  • Managing Wood Quality through Silviculture
  • Introduction to Conifer Physiology
  • Botany Basics
  • Introduction to Plant Physiology
Selected Publications: 
  1. Punches, John. 2012. Formation of an Extension Service District by Order of Initiation. Oregon State University Extension Service.
  2. Punches, John. 2011. Feasibility of Joint or Combined Service Districts. Oregon State University Extension Service.
  3. Punches, John. 2009. Forming Political Action Committees to Support Extension District Formation and Funding. Oregon State University Extension Service.
  4. McGrath, Dan and John Punches. 2009. Tips for Running a Successful Signature Gathering Campaign. Oregon State University Extension Service.
  5. Rennekamp, Roger and John Punches. 2009. 4-H and the Creation of Extension Service Districts. 1 page. Oregon State University Extension Service.
  6. Punches, John and Gail Langellotto. 2010. Master Gardeners and the Formation of Extension Service Districts.
  7. Punches, John. 2012. Timeline for Establishing and Extension Service District, for a November election. Oregon State University Extension Service.
  8. Punches, John. 2012. Timeline for Establishing and Extension Service District, for a May election. Oregon State University Extension Service.