COF News & Events
Scientists have used coyote and red fox fur trapping records across North America to document how the presence of wolves influences the balance of smaller predators further down the food chain. The results of the study by Thomas Newsome and William Ripple in the Oregon State University Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society were recently published in the Journal of Animal Ecology by the British Ecological Society.
Oregon State scientists supported the cedar research for many reasons. Recent studies of yellow-cedar have suggested that, in addition to deer browse, decline may be linked to climate change, already a critical topic. Declining forests are found in lower elevations on poorly drained soils, and current thinking is that they are damaged by the lack of a persistent snow load in the winter to protect sensitive roots from freezing.
“I think there are going to be times — and there probably always have been times — where human intervention might promote ecosystem health, and it might also protect the ability to have something that we would call a wilderness,” says College of Forestry professor Michael Nelson. “There is no demand on us to be wise or prudent when you just equate wilderness with nonintervention."
ARCS Scholar Logan Berner, Oregon State University College of Forestry (Advisor: Dr. Beverly Law), was selected to become a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. NASA awarded 54 fellowships from a competitive pool of 410 applications to graduate students around the country.
Oregon State University ecologist Cristina Eisenberg believes that wolves and other large carnivores can continue to recolonize large parts of their historic range with a little help from humans. Eisenberg’s new book from Island Press, “The Carnivore Way: Coexisting With and Conserving North America’s Predators,” argues that one of the keys to their survival is the ability to move across the landscape, both to respond to changing environmental conditions and to maintain genetic connections between isolated populations.
The OSU College of Forestry and OSU Extension Service for Benton and Linn counties hosted the second annual Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum on Saturday, aiming to introduce families to the outdoors by showcasing the gateway to OSU’s vast McDonald Forest trail system.
"Finding the right habitat in which to breed is a matter of life and death for most birds," said Matthew Betts, an OSU assistant professor of forest science and expert on avian ecology. "They don't live a long time and they need to get it right the first time."
Isaac Daniel, Greenbelt's trail project manager and College of Forestry instructor, has been spearheading the prep work, getting input from hiking groups, mountain bike clubs, Benton County parks staff and other interested parties and marking out the route.
“They’re underappreciated, like many things that are unknown and underground,” said Trappe’s colleague Dan Luoma, another truffle expert who teaches in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.
Oregon State University Extension Service hosts woodland wildlife workshop at Hopkins Demonstration Forest
Learn about woodland wildlife at a workshop hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Service on Saturday, May 17, at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest. The field workshop will feature habitat enhancement and wildlife damage aspects of managing private woodlands for wildlife. Jimmy Taylor, a forest wildlife biologist for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will be one of the speakers.