REAL Oregon

Greg Addington, director of REAL Oregon, says the leadership program is recruiting applicants for its third class, which begins in November.

SALEM — A program designed to incubate new leaders in Oregon agriculture and natural resources management is seeking applications for its third class, scheduled to begin in November.

REAL Oregon (Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership) is seeking applications from natural resource professionals from around the state for Class 3. Participants have the chance to learn about farming, fishing and forestry over a series of five sessions held statewide, while also networking with professionals in the field.

REAL Oregon is designed to help members grow into leaders through training in board governance, communication, conflict resolution, public policy work, critical thinking, government interaction, media relations, public speaking and presentations.

Greg Addington, REAL Oregon’s director, expects continued interest in the program this year.

“The application deadline for program consideration is July 25 and we expect it to again be competitive,” he said.

The cost of the program is $2,500.

Addington said it’s important for interested parties not to wait until the last minute. “Applicants need to give themselves some time. A short essay is required as well as reference letters.” Application packages and additional information can be found on the organization’s website at www.realoregon.net.

The REAL Oregon board of directors will review application materials in August and announce members of Class 2 in September.

REAL Oregon alumni are serving on various boards and commissions and have been recruited for other industry and service related organizations. In addition, many alumni have pledged their support to help with future classes and even serve on the organization’s governing board.

“I hope it’s a testament to what we put together that people want to come back and help make this program even better”, said Bill Buhrig, REAL Oregon board chair. Alumni are now serving on the organization’s board of directors, its curriculum and fundraising committees, and helping in other capacities.

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