COF News & Events

UM professor, Nobel laureate, lives life of solitude

Driven into hiding by his notoriety as a contributor to Nobel Prize—winning research, Steven Running spends most of his free time in solitude.  Running considers forest ecologist Richard Waring, now professor emeritus at FES, his intellectual godfather.

Extension Sustainability Summit features Viviane Simon-Brown

Emeritus Professor Viviane Simon-Brown attended the Extension Sustainability Summit in Park City, Utah.  She is featured along with 3 others in this program by Access Utah.  The event brought in extension educators on sustainability from all across the nation, to discuss what major environmental sustainability programs are currently being delivered through Cooperative Extension and began talking about future goals.

Ambassadors for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources

Ambassadors for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources have the opportunity to develop and enhance their public speaking, time management skills, individual and group dynamics, prepare for student and pre-professional success and engage in activities that promote the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Forestry. This year we are excited to have 4 Ambassadors from the College of Forestry: Todd Bertwell, forest management; Alex Pederson, natural resources; Jeremy Porter, forest management; and Alyssa Weger, recreation resource management.

Gray Wolves May Lose Endangered Status, But Not Without a Fight

Cristina Eisenberg, an ecology researcher at Oregon State University, added that "wolves travel up to a thousand miles to find a mate and establish new territory." Eisenberg, who is working on a book about conservation policy for large carnivores, told LiveScience that delisting wolves on a nationwide basis means that states like Colorado and Utah are unlikely to have a wolf population in the future.

Beetle Basics: Forum looks at reducing bark beetle infestation

Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a presentation and discussion session on the bark beetle infestations affecting trees in the Hood River area. The program will be led by CoF's Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forestry, along with Chet Behling, Oregon Department of Forestry.

Federal forestlands would benefit from Oregon rules: Guest opinion

Hal Salwasser, professor and the former dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, contributed to an Oregonian opinion piece. They argue that managing some of the federal O&C forestlands more like private forestlands, as is supported by Oregon's Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader, would produce a better set of environmental and economic outcomes than is currently the case.

Climate Change Insurance: Scientists Call on President Obama to Protect Public Forests

Scientists specializing in forest ecosystems and climate change called on President Obama to protect public forests from logging and development in efforts to forestall global warming and compliment the president’s recent proposal for tighter restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Pointing to forests in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Bev Law, a forest carbon scientist at Oregon State University, said that forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change.

Fading beauty: Trees slowly invading Jefferson Park's iconic meadows

Research conducted by Oregon State University and published in the journal Landscape Ecology says Jefferson Park’s iconic meadows are being invaded by an increasing number of trees.Warming temperatures and decreasing snowpack in the Cascade Range have provided better growing conditions for mountain hemlock, said FES researcher Harold Zald, the lead author of the study — a local example of climate change’s impact.

Overgrazing turning parts of Mongolian Steppe into desert

Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world, Oregon State University researchers say in a new report.  “This is a pretty serious issue,” said Thomas Hilker, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry. “Regionally, this is a huge area in which the land is being degraded and the food supply for local people is being reduced."

Matsutake Season Under Way In Oregon Forests

Mushroom gatherers set out in Oregon forests Tuesday for the first day of Matsutake season.  Forestry assistant professor Dan Luoma's specialty is Forest Mycology. And when it comes to the Matsutake, he’s a fan.  “Its flavor has been described as a cross between cinnamon red hots and dirty socks.  That doesn’t necessarily sound all that appealing, but it’s just a unique flavor and aroma profile that myself and many, many other people find really appealing,” said Luoma.