COF News & Events

Quantifying carbon sequestration over North America

The contemporary carbon budget of North America includes large emissions from fossil fuel combustion, but also significant sequestration in forestland and cropland.  A large research team, including David Turner from the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, recently developed a new approach to estimating the continental scale terrestrial carbon balance.

Quartet for the Earth

Sarah Frey's research is highlighted in OSU's Terra Magazine. It all started in 2008 at an American Ornithologists’ Union conference in Portland, where Sarah ran into OSU forest ecologist Matt Betts, an acquaintance from an earlier population-modeling workshop. “How about starting your Ph.D. next month?” he asked. A few weeks later, she was enrolled in the College of Forestry with a minor in Ecosystem Informatics.

Forestry industry quizzed about new uni course

Forestry industry representatives have been consulted in south-east South Australia about a new national education program. The University of the Sunshine Coast, with the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, is looking to develop a university course in forestry operations management. Professor Loren Kellogg from Oregon State University, in the US, has just started a tour of the nation to find out what training is needed and to consider the diverse needs.

College of Forestry joins OSU Libraries, CEOAS with Open Access policy

The Oregon State University College of Forestry has adopted an Open Access policy, joining the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and OSU Libraries in encouraging its researchers to make their published research available to the public by depositing it in ScholarsArchive@OSU, an institutional repository operated by the library. Barbara Lachenbruch, a professor with the department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, was instrumental in moving the College of Forestry toward an open access policy. She is an advocate for open sharing of academic research among both colleagues and the general public.

Forest education bill clears panel

A legislative subcommittee has advanced a bill to establish a fund dedicated to professional forestry education in Oregon.  Ray Wilkeson, president of the Oregon Forest Industries Council, said the bill is aimed at ensuring Oregon State University's College of Forestry continues to focus curriculum on professional forestry education.

Secretary Salazar Visits Oregon To Promote Ecological Timber Sales

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced Tuesday he wants the Bureau of Land Management to expand an experimental timber project that incorporate ecological principles.  Two forestry professors, Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University, have developed the concept for the BLM’s first three such pilot timber sales, which mimic some of the effects of fire on the forest ecosystem.

New forestry projects show promise in Southern Oregon, professors say

Initial results from experimental timber projects in southern Oregon indicate it's possible to retain old trees, protect watersheds and wildlife and still provide jobs, a pair of forestry professors said. Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University released a report summarizing their work so far on three pilot projects on Bureau of Land Management forests.

Foresters keep close eye on tussock moth activity

State and federal forest officials are bracing for a continuation of last year’s Douglas fir tussock moth outbreak that lightly defoliated fir and spruce trees in the Blue Mountains. A news release from the Oregon State University Extension Office in La Grande said light defoliation was mapped last year across 9,000 acres of the Umatilla National Forest, including 7,800 acres in Washington and 1,200 acres in Oregon.

Seeing the forest for the trees

On a steep, south-facing mountain slope about 20 miles east of Sweet Home, two dozen people, including OSU forestry professor Klaus Puettmann, are talking ideas for the management of 1,600 acres of mostly 40- to 110-year-old Douglas firs.  They represent the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, private timber land owners, environmental groups and loggers.

Designing Wildlife Corridors in the Digital Age

Development is squeezing animals into smaller pockets of land, and without sufficient planning and protection, individual animal populations could find themselves increasingly isolated.  Claire Montgomery, a forest economist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, has been developing methods to address both animal populations and timber management strategies.  "I was beginning to look at problems where uncertainty played a much bigger role than it had in the past in my research," said Montgomery. "And that kind of created a whole new dimension to the problem that I didn't even have a clue how to address computationally."