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“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.
Tree care is on many people's minds and they have cause for concern. Leaves still clinging to branches can become landing spots for heavy ice and snow, and this additional weight may cause branches to snap, says Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service, said some growers don’t have on-site water or electrical capacity to wash trees as Snyder’s crew is doing. Some are worried export markets may eventually require it.
Pairing Oregon schoolchildren with the feisty, orange-throated hummers that share their Willamette Valley habitat seemed like a scientific and educational slam-dunk to ornithologist Matt Betts, a researcher in forest ecology at Oregon State University.
The pressure that increasing popularity puts on public lands isn’t unique to Bend, said Matt Shinderman, senior instructor and program lead for sustainability at Oregon State University-Cascades. Over the past two decades, people have been drawn to cities around America where outdoor recreation can be part of their daily lives.
“The Andrews forest has offered exceptional opportunities for students and faculty, not just from OSU, but other schools and colleges, to be part of relevant, impactful research on our forest landscapes,” said Thomas Maness, dean of OSU’s College of Forestry, which houses the Andrews LTER program.
“It’s well-established fact that a large part of Amazon is drying. We’ve been able to link that decline in precipitation to a decline in greenness over the last 10 years,” said Thomas Hilker, lead author of the study and forestry expert at Oregon State University.