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The 10 best U.S. colleges for studying natural resources and conservation

OSU is named one of the 10 best U.S. colleges for studying natural resources and conservation by USA Today!

BioBlitz at Avery Park

Luciana Leite, a doctoral student in the College of Forestry and the event’s organizer, said the event had sponsorship from Forest Biodiversity Research Network at OSU and the Student Sustainability Coalition, but the organizers were mostly a group of friends who wanted to promote citizen science.

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

"It will be interesting to see the influence of large predators on smaller predators in other parts of the world, especially the role of the big cats such as jaguars, leopards, lions and tigers," said co-author William Ripple of Oregon State University.

When wolves return to the wild, everything changes

In Yellowstone, the wolves quickly reclaimed their spot as top predator. Ecologist William Ripple of Oregon State University has been studying the wolves since their return.

Historic Camperdown elms saved on state Capitol grounds

Paul Ries, an urban forestry expert who splits time between the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State University, said Camperdown elms are uncommon but not rare. He guessed there may be a few hundred or so in the state, although there is no documentation for an accurate count.

Affluent countries give less to wildlife conservation than rest of the world

Professor William Ripple, Co-author and Oregon State University Professor concluded: 'The Megafauna Conservation Index is an important first step to transparency – some of the poorest countries in the world are making the biggest investments in a global asset and should be congratulated, whereas some of the richest nations just aren’t doing enough.'

There’s nothing old-fashion about manufacturing

Equally exciting is the transformation of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry under the guidance of Dean Thomas Maness. The long-term vision of making OSU a world-class forestry school began this past fall with a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the construction of a new Oregon Forest Sciences Complex, including a 95,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Facilities, faculty, students and curriculum will continue to support existing and new-age wood products manufacturing right here in our backyard.

The technology behind growing trees

Much of timber management and approaches to growing are shared between timber growers and Oregon State University College of Forestry through cooperative research so they can all benefit from the best known science available. There are research cooperatives to address every category, from health and nutrients to disease prevention.

Pacific Northwest forests are at a crossroads, scientists argue in new book

The Northwest Forest Plan mandates a one-size-fits-all management approach, said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry and co-author. "Yet we know that northwest forests are exceedingly diverse and fragmented. We have an opportunity to actively manage for the desired characteristics of the landscape, while at the same time producing revenue to support communities and pay for management," he added. "Collaboration and building trust are the keys to achieving this goal."

Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

Lech Muszynski, an associate professor at Oregon State University's forestry school, was once a doubter for different reasons. "My first thought was, 'This is a terrible use of timber,'" he said. Then the technology evolved. Muszynski spent a sabbatical touring Europe to visit large and small CLT manufacturing plants. About 80 percent of all CLT is currently produced in a section of Alpine Europe that fits inside the square footage of Oregon. With the size of the state and the amount of wood on hand, he saw an easy sell.

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