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Conservationists warn endangered species will vanish forever unless we act now

Ripple is William J. Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University who has been studying gray wolves, cougars, and other top predators for decades. Last year, he and his colleagues reviewed the status of the planet’s 31 largest carnivores—a list that includes lions, tigers, and bears, but also sea otters, dingoes, and lynxes. They found that 24 of these animals are in decline, and 17 have been confined to less than half of their original ranges. “They are some of the world’s most admired mammals and, ironically, some of the most imperilled,” the team wrote. Read more at the Huffington Post or National Geographic, or read the studies:

Prey depletion as a threat to the world’s large carnivores
Saving the world’s terrestrial megafauna

Forestry and Natural Resources Extension receives stewardship award

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In recognition of the good work that the Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) Extension Program does to support forest landowners in Oregon, the American Forest Foundation and the Oregon Tree Farm System presented the FNR Extension Program with the Valued Forest Stewardship Partner Award

The award was presented last month to FNR Extension Program Leader Jim Johnson during the awards dinner of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association’s annual conference in Baker City.  Presenting the award were Scott Hayes, President of the Oregon Tree Farm System, and Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

College awards 228 degrees at annual OSU Commencement Ceremony

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In June 2016, the Oregon State University College of Forestry was thrilled to confer a total of 228 degrees to undergraduate and graduate students at OSU’s annual Commencement Ceremony. At the ceremony, the college awarded 176 bachelor’s degrees to students across eight majors while conferring 45 master’s degrees and seven doctorates to students from four programs. 

Prior to the Commencement festivities on Saturday, June 11, the college held its annual Graduation Dinner to recognize forestry students graduating from OSU. During the dinner, the College honored several graduating seniors by announcing the recipients of the Kelly Axe, Paul and Neva Dunn Outstanding Student, Harold Bowerman Leadership, and Outstanding Student by Program awards. Check out the awardees below and congratulations to all of our graduates as they leave OSU to enter fields where they will create healthy people and communities, produce competitive and innovate products, manage our forest landscapes and design resilient ecosystems to form a healthy working forest landscape.

Awards:

Kelly Axe Award (awarded to the graduating senior who helps most behind the scenes with teachers, with club projects, and with fellow students): Jake Putney - Forestry

Paul and Neva Dunn Outstanding Student Award (awarded to the College’s outstanding graduating senior, based on high scholastic achievement combined with potential for professional ability): Anna Stewart – Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering

Harold Bowerman Leadership Award (recognizes a senior who has demonstrated outstanding service to the college or University): Tiffany Netz – Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering

Outstanding Students by Program Awards:

Recreation Resource Management - William Osmer

Natural Resources - Lucia Hadella

Forest Operations Management - Alex Pancoast

Forest Management - Vince Ferguson

Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering - Anna Stewart

Renewable Materials - Maya Giddings

Oregon Best, Oregon State and University of Oregon announce CLT design contest winners

Oregon BEST and its collaborators at the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design today announced the winner and runner-up in its Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Design Contest that awarded $200,000 in funding and research support to fast-track the use of CLT as a new green construction material in the U.S.

The funding will support additional design, research and testing to help advance the two winning Oregon CLT projects – a parking garage in Springfield and a condominium building in northeast Portland, as well as CLT construction projects across the country. Research and testing will be conducted by the new National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, a collaboration between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

Microclimate predicts within-season distribution dynamics of montane forest birds

A new study published by Sarah Frey, a Forest Ecosystems and Society researcher, explores how birds in moist forests respond to climate change.

Anthony S. Davis named Associate Dean for Research

The Oregon State University College of Forestry has named Anthony S. Davis as associate dean for research. Davis joins OSU from the University of Idaho, where he served as the director of the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research and as an associate professor of native plant regeneration and silviculture in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Science.

“An engaging and collaborative leader, we are thrilled to have Anthony (Davis) join the team,” said Thomas Maness, Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the OSU College of Forestry. “I am confident he will advance our research programs and continue the College’s proud tradition as an internationally-recognized leader in addressing forest management, natural resources, and environmental-related issues.”

Under Davis’ guidance at Idaho, the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research became a world-recognized leader in forest nursery science. Davis, who earned his doctorate at Purdue University, has conducted research to improve nursery production practices of native plants, restoration of degraded forests, and has studied the effects of environmental stresses on seedling growth and development.

“I am truly excited to join the OSU College of Forestry. The research conducted by the faculty in the College is recognized as leading both regionally and globally,” Davis said. “We face grand challenges in forestry-related issues. Working with the diverse group of faculty, staff, students and stakeholders to address these is an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to getting started." 

While at Idaho, Davis received a number of honors. In 2015 he received the Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award and in 2013 was named the Tom Alberg and Judith Beck Chair in Natural Resources, the first endowed chair at the institution.

In his position at OSU, which begins on June 30th, Davis will be responsible for the strategic development and the execution of innovative, effective, and respected research programs to help achieve the research mission of the College, Forest Research Laboratory, and the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes. During the 2015 fiscal year, the College of Forestry received $15.19-million in research revenue, with $13.13-million from sponsored research awards and $2.06-million from research cooperative dues and revenues.

Davis succeeds Steve Tesch, who will retire in 2017 after a 36-year career with the OSU College of Forestry.

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About the OSU College of Forestry: For a century, the College of Forestry has been a world class center of teaching, learning and research. It offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in sustaining ecosystems, managing forests and manufacturing wood products; conducts basic and applied research on the nature and use of forests; and operates 14,000 acres of college forests. 

Burning biomass for energy

“It takes decades to centuries for carbon to accumulate in what I call the forest carbon bank,” said Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems science at Oregon State University. On the other hand, burning trees for energy releases all their carbon into the atmosphere immediately. This means that biomass energy has an immediate effect on the climate, one that would take years of tree-growing to reverse.

Steve Strauss featured on the Talking Biotech podcast

Talking Biotech: Oregon’s Steve Strauss on benefits, challenges to genetically engineered trees, forests biology. Dr. Steve Strauss is a Distinguished Professor of Forestry in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry.

Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium award winners announced

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, showcases current graduate student research. The purpose of the symposium is to promote academic excellence by challenging students to present their work to and receive feedback from their academic and professional peers on their proposed and current research from a diverse audience, fostering student engagement, enthusiasm, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Following the symposium on April 22, a selection committee recognized four oral and poster presenters with awards for their work. Click the links below to learn more about the work of the award winners.

ORAL PRESENTERS

Grand Prize - Kira Puntenney – “Putting Riparian Buffers to the Test: Quantifying Shallow Subsurface Runoff and Sediment Transport through Forested Buffers in the Rocky Mountains

1st - Chris Lauer – “Optimal Timber Harvest and Fuel Treatment on a Fire Threatened Landscape using Approximate Dynamic Programming

2nd - Danielle Marias – “Impacts of short term heat stress on Coffea arabica assessed from chlorophyll fluorescence, carbohydrate dynamics, gas exchange, and carbon isotope discrimination

3rd - Luciana Leite – “From Intention to Action: Understanding Barriers and Facilitators for Pro-Environmental Behavior

POSTER PRESENTERS

Grand Prize - Janel Lajoie – “Do experimentally handicapped birds increase their use of supplemental feeders? Testing the feeder reliance and feeder avoidance hypotheses in free-living black-capped chickadees.

1st - Emily Heaston – Coming soon!

2nd - Casey Steadman - Coming soon!

3rd - Jamie Mosel - Coming soon!

The OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program recently added four new members to the team

The Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program recently added four new members to the team, hiring for vacancies in timber harvesting and forest operations, Douglas Country extension agent, North Coast extension agent, and South Coast extension agent. Read about the new hires below.

The new Timber Harvesting and Forest Operations Extension Specialist is Francisca Belart. Belart will start in July after she completes her Ph.D. degree in sustainable forest management at OSU. She is a native of Chile, and earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Austral University in Chile, and a master’s degree in forest engineering from OSU. Prior to OSU, she worked for three-and-a-half years as a forest planning engineer for Forestal Mininco S.A. in San Pedro de la Paz, Chile.

Our new Douglas County Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent is Alicia Jones. Jones is currently completing her master’s degree in natural resources from Humboldt State University, and will join OSU in July. She holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and natural resources from California Polytechnic State University and has worked as a survey technician for Cal Poly, a forestry technician for the U.S. Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska for two seasons, as a forest technician for Green Diamond Resource Company in California, and as a forest technician for Jefferson Resource Company in California.

Valerie Grant will join OSU as the new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent on the North Coast, based in Astoria (Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties). She is currently working as a Youth, Families and Communities Education Specialist II with the University of California Cooperative Extension Service in Ventura County, a position she has held for the past year. Grant received a bachelor’s degree in forestry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and a master’s degree in forestry from West Virginia University. While at WVU, she worked with the West Virginia Extension Service in the forestry program. She has worked as a forestry technician and a watershed technician (two seasons) with the Humboldt Redwood Company in Scotia, Calif., and as a forestry intern with Weyerhaeuser in Springfield, Ore. She also spent four months studying forestry in Ilmjoki, Finland, in 2012.

Finally, Norma Kline has been appointed the new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent for the South Coast, based in Myrtle Point (Coos and Curry Counties). Prior to OSU, she worked with the Oregon Department of Forestry as a District Forester in Coos Bay. Kline began her employment with ODF in 1996 as a forester in Coos Bay, and has held progressively more senior positions since. Prior to ODF, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service in timber sale planning as a District NEPA Coordinator on the Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest in California from 1989 to 1993. Norma holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of California-Berkeley and a master’s degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University.

The OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program is the state's leading provider of research-based knowledge and problem-solving educational programs designed to foster new ways to manage and use Oregon's forest resources wisely. To learn more, visit the program online.

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