COF News & Events
Liz Dent has been named chief of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s State Forests Division. Dent holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from Oregon State University.
In what organizers have dubbed a “Week of Fire,” forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend April 7-10 to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management. “Fire science and management experience are coming together to really allow our profession to be able to deal with the growing challenge of managing forest fires,” said John Bailey, a professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and one of the event planners.
A New Brunswick-born scientist is calling the Alward government's change in forest policy a radical change and an experiment with the potential to result in local extinction of some birds and wildlife in the province. "It's impossible to project the future," said Matthew Betts, associate professor in Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. "Do we want to run the experiment in New Brunswick where we drop mature forest down to 10 or 20 per cent and then find out, too late, that we've caused local extinctions for a bunch of species?"
College Forests volunteer Clem LaCava, co-founder of the McDonald Forest 50K and 15K runs, has been honored by a donation to the College Forests by more than 60 friends and fellow runners.
Oregon State University’s student-run radio station took home several awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System competition last week. CoF graduate student Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar were honored for most innovative program for “Inspiration Dissemination,” a science program.
Oregon State University gets high marks for its agriculture and forestry programs in a newly released quality index, ranking seventh in the world out of more than 200 institutions with similar offerings.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.