COF News & Events

Living with Fire

Time is relative when you’re a forest researcher. Students and faculty in the fire science program at Oregon State University are especially aware of this reality. Their research will transcend their own lifespans. Forests can also change quickly when fire is present, but the results of fire can be seen for years afterwards. That’s what fascinates Ph.D. candidate Chris Dunn.

Trek into New Territory

Ryan Brown, the Recreation Manager for the Research Forests, said that the Peavy Arboretum is a “gateway” to the 11,000 acre McDonald-Dunn Research Forests, owned and managed by Oregon State University. It is a good place to begin your explorations and “get grounded” in the forest landscape.

Alternative harvesting method provides foundation for Wyden O&C plan: Guest opinion

College of Forestry professor K. Norman Johnson is co-author of this opinion piece for the Oregonian.

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.