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Brad St. Clair, a tree geneticist with the research branch of the U.S. Forest Service and FES courtesy faculty, says a tree’s environment may have more of an impact on its size. “More likely, when you’re looking at an individual, the individual tallest tree or something, it was just luck,” he says. St. Clair says even if an individual tree does have a gene that helped it grow tall, that gene is not going to be very useful if the problem is climate change.
In Thomas Maness’ vision for the college, healthy forest landscapes are inextricably linked to sustainable communities and globally competitive businesses. The business of taking good care of landscapes can promote strong communities that produce sustainable products and ecosystem services.
Mariah Carbone and the study’s lead author, College of Forestry professor Christopher J. Still, have found that fog and low-stratus clouds play a crucial role in the coastal ecosystem, keeping temperatures cooler and increasing the amount of moisture in the soil. As the seas warm, fog and low-stratus clouds could decline, with effects on the pine tree population in California.
Forestry experts have long been aware of the decline of big trees, said Oregon State University professor Mark Harmon, who was not involved in the analysis. But the Science paper is one of the first attempts to pull together evidence from different parts of the world and make the argument that big trees deserve special consideration. "Maybe it will change the mindset," Harmon said.
Michael Bondi, forestry professor and regional administrator with the Oregon State University Extension Services, said the Noble is his top pick. "They ship better, they don't dry out as quickly and they don't drop their needles as quickly." Noble firs will last four to six weeks if cared for properly, Bondi said.
If you're planning on purchasing a real tree for the holidays this year, here are some helpful pointers to make sure the tree is the right one for you, and how to keep it fresh through the season. The advice comes from Mike Bondi, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, who specializes in Christmas trees and is a spokesperson for the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.
Ruth H. Spaniol Chair in Natural Resources and Lead Principle Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Michael P. Nelson co-authored this opinion piece with Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at OSU. Together they co-edited the anthology “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.”
Relocating trees to forestall global warming is being examined by many scientists, says Glenn Howe, a forest genetics professor at the College of Forestry. So is planting forests to hedge against die-offs from increasing drought, insect infestations, population growth and development. Coast redwoods are spectacular at capturing carbon dioxide. They're fire-resistant thanks to their thick bark. But redwoods and giant sequoias are finicky about where they grow, which could make them less desirable for global plantings than more "cosmopolitan" trees, Howe says.
Based on a new discovery by researchers at Oregon State University, the world’s multi-billion dollar foundry industry may soon develop a sweet tooth. “We were surprised that simple sugar could bind sand together so strongly,” said Kaichang Li, an OSU professor of wood science and engineering. “Sugar and other carbohydrates are abundant, inexpensive, food-grade materials.
This year Thomas Manness, head of the department of forest engineering, resources and management, has been named dean of the college. Manness assumed his position as dean on Aug. 1, succeeding Hal Salwasser, who held the position for the past 12 years. He joined Oregon State University in 2009, after spending 20 years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to working at UBC, Manness worked at Weyerhaeuser in Seattle for seven years.