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OSU’s Starker Lecture Series to focus on Douglas-fir

Oregon State University’s annual Starker Lecture Series will focus this year on the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic tree – the Douglas-fir – which had its first major planting 100 years ago.

OSU College of Forestry sports a "nearly 100% job placement rate"

An inside look at the Forest Engineering and Management Program from KVAL news, the program has a nearly 100 percent job placement rate.

Did a Monstrous Prehistoric Flood Seed Oregon’s Mystery Trees?

Led by forestry professor Steve Strauss, a team of researchers is out to prove that these aspens were transported hundreds of miles to the Willamette Valley via the Missoula Floods, the ice age deluge that raced across Eastern Washington from Montana, emptying more than 15 times the combined flow of every river on earth in just a few days.

Siuslaw rebounding, but questions persist

Joining Furnish on the panel were current Siuslaw supervisor Jerry Ingersoll, environmental activist Chandra LeGue of Oregon Wild and OSU forestry professor Norm Johnson, one of the architects of the Northwest Forest Plan.

Forestry expo gives 8th-graders feel for working in the woods

Besides the Miller Timber demonstrations, the Oregon Department of Forestry had two stations going for the kids — one on reforestation and the other on fire suppression. Nearby, Oregon State University students were staging stations on wildlife as well as UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

Beaver Nation: Kati McCrae

Kati McCrae believes it’s extremely valuable for students to do volunteer work, explore their world and try out potential career fields before earning their degrees. The natural resources major came to Oregon State wanting study and work outside, but contracted Lyme disease in 2012. She hasn't let the chronic fatigue and memory loss the disease caused keep her down.

Steens Aspen

Trent Seager, FES PhD Candidate, was featured in a recent episode of the OPB program Oregon Field Guide. He spoke about Aspen trees and the Steens ecosystem, which he studied for his MSc and PhD at OSU.

Siuslaw National Forest transition from timber to ecology to be focus of April 2 public meeting

On April 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, JIm Furnish will participate in a panel discussion on the dramatic shift in forest management. The meeting is open to the public and will include the premier showing of a new 25-minute documentary, Seeing the Forest, by independent journalist and filmmaker Alan Honick of Seattle. Included on the panel is Norm Johnson, distinguished professor of forestry at Oregon State University.

Genetically modified crops have environmental advantages, too

Distinguished professor Steven Strauss offers a guest opinion for the Oregonian. He says "energy versus food crops pose difficult choices for society -- and we need lots of both. The various sources of energy -- fossil and renewable forms -- also have a wide variety of pros and cons. To simplify the complex tradeoffs to a "food vs. fuel" dichotomy does nothing to advance thinking about these difficult issues."

Cascades study may rewrite the textbook on forest growth and death

Results from these stands show that mortality can proceed slowly for many years and then increase rapidly in sudden pulses. Forestry faculty Mark Harmon and researcher Rob Pabst published their findings recently in the Journal of Vegetation Science.

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