COF News & Events
It's been an active Arbor Month (and beyond) for public tree/shrub walks and workshops. By the end of May, Ed Jensen will have conducted trips at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland co-sponsored by Portland Parks, Hoyt Arboretum, and World Forest Center; at Tryon Creek State Park in Lake Oswego (where RRM grad Deb Hill is the park ranger); at Peavy Hall for the Corvallis Natural Areas Coalition; and at Bald Hill for the Corvallis Greenbelt Land Trust. High attendance and favorable responses at these events suggest that they are an important way for the College to connect with local communities.
The College of Forestry has consistently raised the most in donations for the OSU Food Drive, and did so again this year.
"Almost all of our food is pretty much controlled by big corporations," said Steven Strauss, an agricultural biotechnology scientist and Oregon State University professor who is on Gov. John Kitzhaber's task force on GMOs.
John Burnett, an OSU forestry graduate student who is researching using unmanned aerial vehicles to survey timber lands, gave one of the event’s presentations. He said he believes the devices will be the center of a new service industry for timber companies in the next few years.
The new council could benefit both students and professionals focused on wildfire, said John Bailey, an associate professor for Oregon State University. Through it they will be “keeping up on the latest and greatest in prescribed fire and technology,” he said.
"We're excited about another top global ranking that recognizes the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and our great partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences," says Thomas Maness, OSU College of Forestry dean. "It's very satisfying to see the excellence of our faculty and students recognized internationally."
Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University school of forestry emceed the event and was a co-convener along with Cynthia Solie of the project supported by Gov. Kitzhaber’s Oregon Solutions program. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” Maness said. “I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Liz Dent has been named chief of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s State Forests Division. Dent holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from Oregon State University.
In what organizers have dubbed a “Week of Fire,” forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend April 7-10 to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management. “Fire science and management experience are coming together to really allow our profession to be able to deal with the growing challenge of managing forest fires,” said John Bailey, a professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and one of the event planners.
A New Brunswick-born scientist is calling the Alward government's change in forest policy a radical change and an experiment with the potential to result in local extinction of some birds and wildlife in the province. "It's impossible to project the future," said Matthew Betts, associate professor in Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. "Do we want to run the experiment in New Brunswick where we drop mature forest down to 10 or 20 per cent and then find out, too late, that we've caused local extinctions for a bunch of species?"