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Camille Moyers: Alumna promotes international use of renewable materials

Camille Moyers graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Materials and an option in Marketing & Management. Camille started her journey at Oregon State University studying Interior Design, but met with the academic advisor for Renewable Materials during her sophomore year, and found an opportunity for students interested in aesthetic appeal and renewable products.

During her sophomore, junior, and senior years at OSU, Camille worked as a research assistant for Dr. Chris Knowles, Associate Professor of Forest Products Marketing and Assistant Director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center. Her position involved collecting market research on renewable materials used in public and private sectors. Camille was surprised to learn that many architects and contractors did not prioritize the use of renewable materials in their work. In addition participating in research, Camille gained work experience while interning for Roseburg Forest Products in quality control. As an intern, she researched the moisture content of veneer, a thin decorative layer of fine wood applied to a coarser material.

Camille now works for Benchmark International as an international inspector. She travels abroad with inspectors, translators, and at times clients, to mitigate the purchase of timber products harvested illegally. Since 2008, amendments made to the Lacey Act ensures that companies are purchasing legally harvested timber.

Companies contact Benchmark International to audit manufacturers and ensure that manufacturers are following Lacey compliance. By tracing the chain of custody for products purchased internationally, Camille aims to protect forest land from those who harvest illegally. Tracing renewable materials back to their origins is not an easy task. Documents showing the chain of custody can trace where renewable materials were harvested. It is up to Camille to identify documents that seem out of place. Most audits take place in Asia, but Camille also travels to Canada, Europe, and South America for audits.

In addition to Camille’s international relations, she works with the Air Resources Board (ARB) in California to ensure international manufacturers who sell products in California are compliant to formaldehyde emission measures. Under the airborne toxic control measure, Camille works with manufacturers to minimize formaldehyde emissions from composite wood found in various products like furniture.

On average, Camille spends 60-70 percent of her time travelling internationally, and her main office is in China. Camille’s favorite part of being an International Inspector is planning her next trip and playing tourist on her days off. Since graduation, Camille is continuing to do a remarkable job at protecting companies that chose to purchase products internationally.

New prototype plywood panels tested at Oregon State may be world’s largest

The company announced its new panels in October, capping more than a year of development and performance testing at Oregon State’s Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. “The results look very promising,” said Ari Sinha, assistant professor in OSU’s College of Forestry, who oversaw the tests. “This is a unique product with the potential for creating jobs in rural Oregon.”

Saving Pine Forests

Professor Steve Strauss was recently interviewed on Idaho Agribusiness Today about saving pine forests.

OSU receives $4 million grant to identify mechanisms for control of genetic engineering in plants

“Many crop species, and many of the valuable varieties within them, remain extremely difficult to genetically engineer,” said Steve Strauss, OSU distinguished professor in the College of Forestry and project leader. “This greatly limits the ability of this method to be used for plant breeding and scientific research. There can be blockages at any of the several steps. Regeneration of modified cells into plants is usually the most difficult to overcome.”

Storing more carbon in western Cascades forests could benefit some wildlife species, not others

“Our analysis shows that implementing forest management strategies to store additional forest carbon will influence habitat for different species, improving or expanding it for some and reducing it for others,” said Jeff Kline, lead author and an economist with the U.S. Forest Service. “Although forest managers already know that intuitively, our study helps to put some numbers on the possible outcomes of an array of management options.”

Michael Paul Nelson interviewed on Top of Mind radio program

Julie Rose, host of Top of Mind, interviews Michael Nelson, PhD, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources. They talk about big predators – lions, tigers, bears, rhinos, gorillas. Sixty percent of the world’s largest mammals are at risk of extinction - according to a paper in the journal Bioscience. Dozens of wildlife experts signed onto the article, which calls for bold political action and financial commitments to save many of Earth’s most iconic species.

E. Oregon family wins national tree farmer award

Oregon State University Baker County Extension Forester Bob Parker, who nominated the Defrees family, said Dean and his father, Lyle, and the rest of the family exemplify the award’s qualifications.

Forestry Complex celebrates groundbreaking

The College of Forestry at Oregon State University celebrated the start of construction of the new Oregon Forest Science Complex with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 29.

Wildlife migration routes for multiple species can link conservation reserves at lower cost

“We demonstrate that a lot of potential gain can be made at moderate increases in cost as you try to connect habitat areas,” said Claire Montgomery, a forest economist at Oregon State and one of the researchers on the project. “Looking at trade-offs between target species is something that no one has done, as far as I know, in terms of corridor design.”

Bushmeat hunting threatens mammal populations and ecosystems, poses food security threat

An international team led by William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University, analyzed data on the IUCN Red List to reach their findings, which were published today in Royal Society Open Science, a professional journal.