COF News & Events
Large carnivores, the really scary animals that are easy to hate, are on the decline worldwide. That has led to numerous changes to ecosystems, William Ripple of Oregon State University in Corvallis and colleagues noted in Science last year. When carnivores are removed from an ecosystem (or returned to one), there are cascades of changes to the local food web.
Tall-wood construction in the U.S. could soon get the traction it needs to influence the building codes, domestic material supply (or lack thereof), and safety concerns that are holding it back. Winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition were recently announced at a press conference in New York City. Among the judges of the competition was Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry.
So what is cross-laminated timber, why is it a big deal and how much potential does it have to help revive Oregon's wood products industry? Cross-laminated timber is actually a large panel that is assembled from multiple layers of wood. The middle is made from lower-value wood with higher-value wood on the outside, said Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry.
Oregon State University’s plans to build an Oregon Forest Science Complex just got a big boost with a $1 million pledge from Seattle-based Plum Creek, one of the largest private land and timber owners in the United States.
Heat can kill too—even organisms buried deep in the ground, such as fungi. Jane Smith, a mycologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon, has measured temperatures as high as 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius) beneath logs burning in a wildfire, and 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) a full two inches (five centimeters) below the surface.
Stephen Fitzgerald, director of the research forests, said he knows the salvage operation can come as a visual jolt. “When you see all that, it looks like a lot of logging — and it is,” he acknowledged. “I understand how people who aren’t used to that can react to it.”
The governor also announced the launch of a $200,000 CLT design competition co-sponsored by Oregon BEST and a new collaboration between Oregon State University and University of Oregon called the "National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design."
Researchers have discovered that the notion of a well-mixed pool in the ground is wrong. In fact, they report in a letter in this week’s edition of the journal Nature, water in plants comes from a compartment in the soil that is separate and disconnected from water that flows elsewhere. “This is a new interpretation of the hydrologic cycle,” said Jeff McDonnell, co-author and a courtesy professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
Associate Professor of Silviculture and Fire Management John Bailey on the future of wildland fire management.
"With global climate change and the spreading of pests, it's rather urgent we have all the tools we can bring to bear," lead author Dr Steven Strauss from the Oregon State University told BBC News.