COF News & Events

Some foresee drones watching over Ore. wine grapes

Among the speakers is Oregon State University forestry engineering Professor Michael Wing, part of OSU's new Unmanned Vehicle System Research Consortium. In an Oregon State news release earlier this year, Wing described the state as the perfect spot for UAV testing.

Ron Wyden unveils O&C management bill, saying it will create jobs while protecting forest ecology

Wyden's new plan relies heavily on the work of forest scientists Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and K. Norman Johnson of Oregon State University. Both were key advisers in helping develop the Northwest Forest Plan in the mid-1990s after spotted owl protections led to a huge drop in logging on federal lands.

Where Growth Meets Decay

Bio-artist Sara Robinson, an assistant professor in Wood Science and Engineering, works at intersections, at places where nature, ideas and emotions crisscross and often collide. She revels in the contrasts and contradictions inherent where growth meets decay, science meets art, reverence meets revulsion.

Forum to examine use drone technology in agriculture

Speakers at the forum include Oregon State University forestry engineering professor Michael Wing, who is part of OSU’s newly formed Unmanned Vehicle System Research Consortium. In an OSU news release earlier this year, Wing described the state as the perfect spot for UAV testing.

Balloon logging efforts haven't taken off locally

Balloon logging was tested once in the Umpqua National Forest, said John Sessions, an OSU distinguished professor who visited several balloon-logging sites during the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in the Willamette National Forest. The last balloon-logging operation he remembers in Oregon took place no later than 1986.

People, Poverty, and Natural Resources

While completing her master’s degree in environmental studies at Yale, H. Jo Albers was struck by the fact that rural people in developing countries relied so heavily on natural resources for a large portion of their effective income. In interacting so closely with the natural environment, they could be viewed as de facto natural resources managers.

Pesky problem should disappear

Aphids, which are commonly seen during fall, should be seeking winter shelter and disappear this weekend. Paul Oester of the Oregon State University Extension Service said it’s not uncommon to see swarms of the insects around this time of the year.  Paul is a faculty member of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Sustainability, Face to Face: A village on the Amazon leaves a powerful impression

As a student in the College of Forestry’s Natural Resources Program, Baldinger has chosen to focus on the human dimensions option. “I think of it as the sociology of the environment,” she says. So during her experience in Brazil, she thought hard about how the women and children in this small village used the forest.

OSU prof measures recreation

Oregon Parks and Recreation tasked Kreg Lindberg, an Oregon State University-Cascades Campus associate professor of tourism and outdoor leadership, with figuring out what everyone thinks. With Randall Rosenberger, who is based at OSU in Corvallis, Lindberg developed a survey that allows the state to examine outdoor recreation across Oregon.

An Elegant Matrix: Woody waste finds new markets in biochar

Biochars millions of micro- and nano-pores form “an elegant matrix,” in the words of OSU forestry instructor David Smith, whose students have investigated storm water filtration markets for biochar.