COF News & Events
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Such botanical behavior is natural, said Paul Ries, urban forestry specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. Evergreen conifers shed needles just as deciduous trees lose leaves; it just happens over a longer period of time.
Dr. Bill Ripple made a discovery in the late 90s that shed some light on the unique roles of predators that has led to collaboration with researchers around the world. Ripple, now a Distinguished Professor and well known researcher, was just doing what comes naturally when he is curious. We call this the Ripple Effect.
Forestry scientists have found a way to arrest the development of flowers in poplar trees, paving the way for control of the unintentional spread of engineered or non-native tree species.
The area known as Skyline West, which was annexed into the City in 1989, has been designated a “firewise” community — one of six in Benton County — for its fire-prevention efforts in working with Oregon State University, the Corvallis Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Parks and Recreation Department’s urban forester to develop wildfire mitigation practice and awareness.
Emily Jane Davis, assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, researches natural resources collaboration. Her research takes her all over the state as she studies and assists with collaboration in small communities.
Describe your unique position with the College of Forestry.
My position was just created two years ago. It’s a blend of research and providing assistance through the Oregon State University Extension Service, not just one or the other. My focus is on collaboration.
Read the full interview with Emily Jane in the Fall 2016 Focus.