COF News & Events

Isle Royale wolves at risk from climate change, isolation

“To preserve a healthy ecosystem with climate change, we at times are going to have to intervene, and that’s a hard thing to wrap our heads around,” said Michael Nelson, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in environmental ethics and philosophy. “You don’t just wake up one day to that realization and change what you do.”

Saving Your Storm Damaged Trees

After winter storms, it's time for the daunting task of cleaning up the damage. Trees in particular can suffer the brunt of inclement weather, cautioned Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon As They Age

In a letter published in the journal Nature, an international research group reports that 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get. Three Oregon State University researchers are co-authors: Mark Harmon and Rob Pabst of the College of Forestry and Duncan Thomas of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

CoF Professor Bill Ripple named OSU Distinguished Professor

College of Forestry professor William Ripple, a terrestrial ecologist who identified a new paradigm in wildlife research, has been named as a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award by Oregon State University. The Distinguished Professor title is the highest designation Oregon State gives to its faculty.

Learn to manage woodlands at CCC basic forestry short course

The Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop Community College are offering the Managing Your Woodlands: a Basic Forestry Short Course as an introduction to forest management for new and potential woodland owners or for those just interested in learning about forest management.

Commissioners approve forest plan

“When we responded to the Forest Service’s comprehensive management plan for the Hells Canyon NRA we wrote our own alternative,” said John Williams, the county’s Oregon State University Extension agent and member of the county’s natural resource advisory committee.

Through the Needle

Researchers in Oregon State’s Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative are studying the disease in order to develop treatments. Robin Rose, professor of forestry, used a scanning electron microscope to capture the fungus at work.

OSU College of Forestry hires new department head

Dr. Troy Hall will join the College of Forestry this summer as the department of forest ecosystems and society’s new department head. Hall is an internationally known conservation social scientist who holds degrees in anthropology, cultural anthropology and forest resources.

Research Projects Selected for FWHMF Funding in FY 2015

Nineteen competitive research proposals were presented by College of Forestry faculty and collaborators at the February 11 Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests meeting and the following five were selected for funding in FY 2015.

  1. Effects of Landscape-Scale Forest Management on Pacific Marten Occupancy and Population Connectivity in Coastal Oregon (FY 2015-FY 2016) -- John Bailey, Keith Slauson, Katie Moriarty
  2. Modeling Geomorphic Response to Large Wood Introduction as a Strategy to Restore Fish Habitat in Managed Forest Watershed (FY 2015-FY 2016) -- Catalina Segura, Christopher Lorion, Stacy A. Polkowske
  3. Natural Variability in Water Quality and Changes after Forest Harvest in the Trask Watershed (FY 2015-FY 2016) -- Jeffery Hatten, Alba Argerich, Sherri Johnson
  4. Assessing the Demographic Response of Early Songbird Species to Intensive Forest Management (FY 2015-FY 2016) -- Matthew G. Betts, James W. Rivers
  5. Experimental Evaluation of Plethodontid Salamander Responses to Forest Harvesting (FY 2015-FY 2016) -- Barbara Lachenbruch, Tiffany Garcia, Andrew J. Kroll, Blake Murden

Led by a 14-member Technical Advisory Committee, the Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests Research Program has a 20-year history of providing new information about fish and wildlife habitat within Oregon’s actively managed forests through research, technology transfer, and service activities.

Corvallis, Albany teachers link Costa Rica with Oregon schools

Three elementary school teachers – two from Corvallis and one from Albany – are conducting fieldwork with Oregon State University scientists at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica this month. “This project has all the elements of a real-world learning experience,” said Kari O’Connell, an educator with Oregon State’s Oregon Natural Resources Education Program. “The students will be doing math, science and art and practicing their language skills.