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An initiative to develop new sustainable wood projects to support rural economies by constructing a new style of tall buildings was announced at the Business Leadership Summit on Tuesday. Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, told the gathering that his school is partnering with the University of Oregon to create a new Oregon Forest Sciences Complex in Corvallis.
“People around here talk about blind tastings, with our truffles coming out on top,” Joyce Eberhart, vice president of the North American Truffling Society, says with a smile. “But I don’t think that discussion is going on in Europe." Eberhart is a senior faculty researcher at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry at Corvallis and an expert in another edible fungi: the Japanese pine mushroom, or Matsutake.
Michael Paul Nelson of Oregon State University said that "the possible implications for living with carnivores in other parts of the world, and especially in the U.S., are perhaps the most intriguing part" of the new study.
"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.
“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.