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"In other words, if greenness declines, this is an indication that less carbon will be removed from the atmosphere. The carbon storage of the Amazon basin is huge and losing the ability to take up as much carbon could have global implications for climate change," explained lead author Thomas Hilker, remote sensing specialist at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry.
Mary Sisock previously worked on a project developed at Oregon State University called “Ties to the Land,” which was designed to help landowners and their heirs plan for the future.
Led by the Dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU), Dr. Thomas Maness, this group of University professors, researchers, and private producers traveled to areas around Concepción and Los Angeles to meet with their Chilean counterparts from industries like Arauco and CMPC, and the universities of Concepción and Bío Bío.
“Without fungi we wouldn’t have trees,” says Jim Trappe, a “truffle addict,” forest mycologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Research Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “The changing climate makes them more important to us than ever.”
The McDonald-Dunn Research Forest, which is managed by Oregon State University, consists of 11,250 acres of predominantly forested land on the western edge of the Willamette Valley and the eastern foothills of the Coast Range.
Unseasoned wood is not suitable for open fireplaces, according to Steve Bowers, a forester with Oregon State University Extension Service. Ideally, wood should be purchased or gathered at least a year in advance of burning.
“A lot of people don’t think in geologic terms, so if they see a hill that’s been there for a long time, they assume there’s no risk,” said Ben Leshchinsky, a geotechnical engineer in the OSU College of Forestry. “And many times they don’t want to pay extra to have an expert assess landslide risks or do something that might interfere with their land development plans.”
NSF is funding the work through its structural materials and mechanics program of the division of civil, mechanical, and manufacturing innovation. Otaigbe is collaborating with John Nairn, the Richardson Chair in wood science and engineering at Oregon State University; the two researchers are sharing the grant.
“It’s real easy to go to the thermostat and dial it up or down with natural gas or electric,” says Jim Reeb, associate professor of forestry and natural resources at Oregon State University. “Wood is a little tougher to handle. It takes a little [work] to find a place to put it. You need to keep it dry.”
Before the start of fall term, three different geology classes and graduate students from the College of Forestry spent some time at the forest.