COF News & Events

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.

It Doesn't Have to be This Way

Want to know what Mirror Pond could look like without a dam? Experts say: Think like a child. Or, in other words, use some imagination. Matt Shinderman, a natural resources professor at Oregon State University-Cascades, says "Lake Creek looks great now—it looks like it was always that way." And, he adds, the situation at Mirror Pond could benefit from similar efforts.

Researchers study effects of forest fragmentation on hummingbird behavior

FES professor Matthew Betts and researcher Adam Hadley of the Betts Laboratory are both landscape ecologists whose research has primarily revolved around birds. Betts and Hadley investigate the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation of species across 37 distinct isolated patches of forest in Costa Rica, seeking an understanding of how forest fragmentation affects pollination services.

Things are Looking Up: Michael Wing and the future of UAVs for forestry applications

The desire for a bird’s eye view of the landscape is nothing new. Michael Wing, assistant professor of geomatics in the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management department, points out that armed forces, hobbyists, and curious citizens have been putting cameras on flying craft for more than 100 years.

Tree planting plan helps homeowners save energy

College of Forestry graduate Brad Hamel was recently featured on KXAN out of Austin, Texas.  Brad graduated as our first MF in urban forestry the past academic year.  His major professor was Paul Ries. 

Podcast featuring wood science student, Shawn Freitas, available on Inspiration Dissemination

Shawn Freitas is a PhD student in Wood Science and Engineering, and was recently featured on Inspiration Dissemination, a program on 88.7fm KBVR -- Oregon State Universitiy's student run radio station. The program is entirely produced by student volunteers with out any university financial support.

Not Your Imagination: Fall Colors Have Been Especially Good This Year

It's not your imagination: Fall colors have been spectacular in the Northwest this year. But if you want to catch a glimpse, you'd better hurry.  If you remember from grade school, leaves change color when the process of turning the sun’s rays into food winds down. There's no objective scale for measuring a region's autumnal brilliance. But Oregon State University forestry instructor Paul Ries says this year's colors are among the best.

OSU Extension publishes new field guide to shrubs of Northwest forests

On your next hike, instead of puzzling over the name of that large upright shrub with tiny white flowers and small red fruits, reach for the new field guide "Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests" to quickly identify it as the native red elderberry. Ed Jensen, a professor in Oregon State University's College of Forestry, authored the full-color, easy-to-use field guide for the OSU Extension Service.

NSF grants foster new understanding of biological systems on regional to continental scales

FES professor Chris Still was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  To better detect, understand and predict the effects of climate and land-use change on organisms and ecosystems at regional to continental scales, the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences recently awarded $15.3 million in 10 new macrosystems biology grants.  Since the Macrosystems Biology program was launched in 2011, NSF has made 50 such awards.

Open Country Project: Eugene RMEF Chapter Looking For Hands

Kati McCrae, an undergrad in natural resources, is a member of the Eugene chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. She's also the catalyst behind one of the nation's most active RMEF chapters in terms of on-the-ground work.