COF News & Events

Baker County Grower Named Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year

"The Defreeses can always be counted on to provide woodland owners, ranchers and anyone else in the community with thoughtful, insightful, well-reasoned and knowledgeable input on any of a host of land management interests or concerns," said Bob Parker, the Baker County Oregon State University (OSU) Forestry Extension Agent.

Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

“For 60 years, formaldehyde off-gassing has been an issue with urea-formaldehyde, the most common adhesive used in a particleboard and fiberboard,” said Fred Kamke, OSU professor of wood science and engineering and director of the Green Building Materials Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab on the OSU campus.

New life follows the death of trees

Mark Harmon, professor and holder of the Richardson Chair in the Oregon State College of Forestry, spoke about the afterlife of trees at the Corvallis Science Pub. “I was interested in decomposition when I was a kid for some reason,” Harmon said. “As I got older, I realized that that was a field that wasn’t well understood.”

Oregon wolves: still endangered?

The commission’s consideration has caught the attention of many across the state, including scientists at Oregon State University. Among them is professor Michael Nelson, who helped draft a letter to the ODFW commission in an effort to have them reconsider their suggestion. Michael Nelson is professor of environmental ethics and philosophy in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Upcoming workshop: Adaptation & Mitigation for Working Forestlands

Adaptation & Mitigation for Working Forestlands: Challenges and Solutions in the Face of Climate Change will be held at OSU on December 2 & 3, 2015. The Northwestern US provides a high level of current and potential sequestration of greenhouse gases- and forests may be a solution to mitigating emissions and sequestering carbon. This 1½ day workshop will detail the environmental and economic costs and benefits of management alternatives for forestland managers.

High-tech timber: Universities, timber industry craft new product

Cross-laminated timber is touted as a high-tech, sustainable product developed by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, put to work by the University of Oregon's architecture school - and manufactured by D.R. Johnson Lumber in Riddle.

Prehistoric predators kept large animals in check, shaped ecosystems

Large predators can have a major role in limiting their prey and in determining the structure and function of ecosystems,” said William Ripple, distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry. “But scientists have thought that the largest herbivores, such as elephants, were immune from predation. We now know that’s not the case, and based on these data from the Pleistocene (the epoch which lasted from about 2.5 million to 11,700 years ago), we now think that large carnivores did limit the large herbivores at that time.”

Morticulture: Forests of the living dead

Dead trees take a long time to disappear, allowing new life to spring up within them. Biologist Mark Harmon of Oregon State University (OSU), also known as “Dr. Death” for his scientific interest in forest mortality, is taking part in a 200-year-long study to monitor the decomposition of trees.

Orange dog poop on area trails draws attention to public health concern

The orange poop is part of a new public information campaign from the Oregon State University College of Forestry and local veterinarians aimed at bringing awareness to the amount of waste that — in addition to being unsightly and smelly — is causing potential ecological problems.

Does nature have value beyond what it provides humans?

Michael Paul Nelson, College of Forestry Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, co-wrote this opinion piece on the intrinsic value of nature.