COF News & Events

New life follows the death of trees

Mark Harmon, professor and holder of the Richardson Chair in the Oregon State College of Forestry, spoke about the afterlife of trees at the Corvallis Science Pub. “I was interested in decomposition when I was a kid for some reason,” Harmon said. “As I got older, I realized that that was a field that wasn’t well understood.”

Oregon wolves: still endangered?

The commission’s consideration has caught the attention of many across the state, including scientists at Oregon State University. Among them is professor Michael Nelson, who helped draft a letter to the ODFW commission in an effort to have them reconsider their suggestion. Michael Nelson is professor of environmental ethics and philosophy in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Upcoming workshop: Adaptation & Mitigation for Working Forestlands

Adaptation & Mitigation for Working Forestlands: Challenges and Solutions in the Face of Climate Change will be held at OSU on December 2 & 3, 2015. The Northwestern US provides a high level of current and potential sequestration of greenhouse gases- and forests may be a solution to mitigating emissions and sequestering carbon. This 1½ day workshop will detail the environmental and economic costs and benefits of management alternatives for forestland managers.

High-tech timber: Universities, timber industry craft new product

Cross-laminated timber is touted as a high-tech, sustainable product developed by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, put to work by the University of Oregon's architecture school - and manufactured by D.R. Johnson Lumber in Riddle.

Prehistoric predators kept large animals in check, shaped ecosystems

Large predators can have a major role in limiting their prey and in determining the structure and function of ecosystems,” said William Ripple, distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry. “But scientists have thought that the largest herbivores, such as elephants, were immune from predation. We now know that’s not the case, and based on these data from the Pleistocene (the epoch which lasted from about 2.5 million to 11,700 years ago), we now think that large carnivores did limit the large herbivores at that time.”

Morticulture: Forests of the living dead

Dead trees take a long time to disappear, allowing new life to spring up within them. Biologist Mark Harmon of Oregon State University (OSU), also known as “Dr. Death” for his scientific interest in forest mortality, is taking part in a 200-year-long study to monitor the decomposition of trees.

Orange dog poop on area trails draws attention to public health concern

The orange poop is part of a new public information campaign from the Oregon State University College of Forestry and local veterinarians aimed at bringing awareness to the amount of waste that — in addition to being unsightly and smelly — is causing potential ecological problems.

Does nature have value beyond what it provides humans?

Michael Paul Nelson, College of Forestry Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, co-wrote this opinion piece on the intrinsic value of nature.

$6 million gift boosts OSU forestry complex

A hefty donation from a California lumber company has pushed Oregon State University closer to its fundraising goal for the Oregon Forest Science Complex. The $6 million gift from Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the nation’s largest lumber producers, will go toward the construction of a 20,000-square-foot laboratory for the development of advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timber, a type of engineered wood panel that is replacing steel and concrete in some highrise structures.

New OSU forestry building uses innovative lumber products

“It’s going to be a really modern, state of the art building made of all natural, sustainable materials, and we’re really going to feature sustainability in the construction of it and in the operation of the building,” said Thomas Maness, dean of OSU’s College of Forestry.