COF News & Events

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.

Why we need predators

Large carnivores, the really scary animals that are easy to hate, are on the decline worldwide. That has led to numerous changes to ecosystems, William Ripple of Oregon State University in Corvallis and colleagues noted in Science last year. When carnivores are removed from an ecosystem (or returned to one), there are cascades of changes to the local food web.

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Names Winning Designs

Tall-wood construction in the U.S. could soon get the traction it needs to influence the building codes, domestic material supply (or lack thereof), and safety concerns that are holding it back. Winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition were recently announced at a press conference in New York City. Among the judges of the competition was Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry.

Can advanced wood products lift rural Oregon?: Editorial Agenda 2015

So what is cross-laminated timber, why is it a big deal and how much potential does it have to help revive Oregon's wood products industry? Cross-laminated timber is actually a large panel that is assembled from multiple layers of wood. The middle is made from lower-value wood with higher-value wood on the outside, said Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry.