COF News & Events

Successful control of reproduction could help address concerns about use of engineered trees

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.

A sign of safer times: Corvallis neighborhood receives wildfire prevention recognition

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: conversations on collaboration

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.

Branch Out

Designs are finalized and construction of the Oregon Forest Science Complex (OFSC) is underway. Comprised of a new and improved Peavy Hall and the Red Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, the complex will feature state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory space including 20,000 square-feet dedicated to the creation of wood products like cross laminated timber. When completed in March 2018, the complex, designed by Michael Green Architecture with the Miller Hull Partnership, will feature advanced wood products and reclaimed materials from the old Peavy Hall.

“For me personally, the new building represents a rebirth of the profession of forestry,” says Dean Thomas Maness, who spearheaded the effort to create the OFSC, including raising funds to cover its nearly $60 million cost. “The way we thought about forestry in the past is very different from how we think about forestry now. We understand things like the impact that forests have on mitigation of climate change, and the total ecosystem value of forest systems in Oregon and throughout the world, along with so many other critically important ideas.”

Read more in the Fall 2016 Focus!

Swiss needle cast disease intensifies among Douglas-fir forests in Oregon Coast Range

Results from aerial analyses in 2015 indicate a slight expansion – 0.6 percent – in the affected area over 2014. However, the disease remains the most significant threat to Douglas-fir plantations in western Oregon, said David Shaw, Oregon State University forest health specialist in the College of Forestry. Shaw is director of the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative at Oregon State, which leads efforts to understand the disease and determine how best to manage it.

Workers dismantle Peavy Hall

The longtime home of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, located at the corner of Southwest 30th Street and Jefferson Way, is being torn down to make way for a new classroom and laboratory building that will be part of OSU’s $65 million Oregon Forest Science Complex.

Old Growth May Help Protect Northwest Forest Birds from the Impacts of Climate Change

“I expected to see a difference, but I was surprised by how big it actually was,” says Sarah Frey, a Northwest Climate Science Center graduate fellow at Oregon State University, and lead researcher on the project. “We compared old growth to other closed forest types rather than to clear-cuts, so we didn’t expect the difference to be so dramatic.” Under the supervision of her advisor, Matthew Betts, Frey logs temperature at 183 sites across the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, a National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research site on the west side of Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

Turning back the clock

“We want to leave some Douglas firs on site because they do have habitat value,” said Fehrenbacher, an Oregon State University forest management graduate, “but we want it to primarily be an oak forest."

Conservationists warn endangered species will vanish forever unless we act now

Ripple is William J. Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University who has been studying gray wolves, cougars, and other top predators for decades. Last year, he and his colleagues reviewed the status of the planet’s 31 largest carnivores—a list that includes lions, tigers, and bears, but also sea otters, dingoes, and lynxes. They found that 24 of these animals are in decline, and 17 have been confined to less than half of their original ranges. “They are some of the world’s most admired mammals and, ironically, some of the most imperilled,” the team wrote. Read more at the Huffington Post or National Geographic, or read the studies:

Prey depletion as a threat to the world’s large carnivores
Saving the world’s terrestrial megafauna

Forestry and Natural Resources Extension receives stewardship award


In recognition of the good work that the Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) Extension Program does to support forest landowners in Oregon, the American Forest Foundation and the Oregon Tree Farm System presented the FNR Extension Program with the Valued Forest Stewardship Partner Award

The award was presented last month to FNR Extension Program Leader Jim Johnson during the awards dinner of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association’s annual conference in Baker City.  Presenting the award were Scott Hayes, President of the Oregon Tree Farm System, and Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C.