COF News & Events
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
At a miniature airport for remote-controlled aircraft enthusiasts in Adair Village, Oregon’s 4th District congressman got a glimpse of some of the drones being used by Oregon State University’s Aerial Information Systems Laboratory, headed by associate professor Michael Wing.
Being picky may increase access to genetic diversity and thus give the plants a competitive advantage over their neighbors, but there is a risk, researchers say. College of Forestry researchers Matt Betts and Adam Hadley were involved in this study.
Beverly Law, a specialist in global change biology at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, co-authored a study of megadroughts three years ago. It showed that a drought that affected the American West from 2000 to 2004 compared to conditions seen during the medieval megadroughts. But the predicted megadrought this century would be far worse. Law said the NASA study confirmed her previous findings.
Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm. “This is the first time anyone has compared the impacts from these two insects in consistent units of change going all the way back to 1970,” said Garrett Meigs, who conducted his analysis while he was a Ph.D. student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions. These are the findings of Jonathan Batchelor and William Ripple of Oregon State University in the US, lead authors of a study published in Springer's journal Environmental Management.