COF News & Events
The new council could benefit both students and professionals focused on wildfire, said John Bailey, an associate professor for Oregon State University. Through it they will be “keeping up on the latest and greatest in prescribed fire and technology,” he said.
"We're excited about another top global ranking that recognizes the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and our great partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences," says Thomas Maness, OSU College of Forestry dean. "It's very satisfying to see the excellence of our faculty and students recognized internationally."
Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University school of forestry emceed the event and was a co-convener along with Cynthia Solie of the project supported by Gov. Kitzhaber’s Oregon Solutions program. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” Maness said. “I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Liz Dent has been named chief of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s State Forests Division. Dent holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from Oregon State University.
In what organizers have dubbed a “Week of Fire,” forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend April 7-10 to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management. “Fire science and management experience are coming together to really allow our profession to be able to deal with the growing challenge of managing forest fires,” said John Bailey, a professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and one of the event planners.
A New Brunswick-born scientist is calling the Alward government's change in forest policy a radical change and an experiment with the potential to result in local extinction of some birds and wildlife in the province. "It's impossible to project the future," said Matthew Betts, associate professor in Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. "Do we want to run the experiment in New Brunswick where we drop mature forest down to 10 or 20 per cent and then find out, too late, that we've caused local extinctions for a bunch of species?"
College Forests volunteer Clem LaCava, co-founder of the McDonald Forest 50K and 15K runs, has been honored by a donation to the College Forests by more than 60 friends and fellow runners.
Oregon State University’s student-run radio station took home several awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System competition last week. CoF graduate student Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar were honored for most innovative program for “Inspiration Dissemination,” a science program.
Oregon State University gets high marks for its agriculture and forestry programs in a newly released quality index, ranking seventh in the world out of more than 200 institutions with similar offerings.
“To preserve a healthy ecosystem with climate change, we at times are going to have to intervene, and that’s a hard thing to wrap our heads around,” said Michael Nelson, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in environmental ethics and philosophy. “You don’t just wake up one day to that realization and change what you do.”